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John 'Jack' MacDonald


John 'Jack' MacDonald

John "Jack" Hector MacDonald passed away peacefully on January 17, 2023 at Capital Care Laurier House in Edmonton, Alberta surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

Jack was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia to the late Angus and Mary (MacIntyre) MacDonald. He was predeceased by Anne (Barry), his loving wife of 64 years; his son, Andrew; and siblings, Angus, Allan, Rev. Roderick B. and Marie Cipriani.

Jack was a graduate of Sydney Academy. He worked at Maritime Tel & Tel until his retirement in 1992. Jack lived in Nova Scotia until 2019 when he and Anne moved to Alberta to be closer to family. However, Nova Scotia remained home.

Throughout his life, Jack actively supported his community through his church, scouts and volunteering for various organizations. His community involvement continued after his retirement with the Pictou County Help Line, Museum of Industry, and Good Shepard’s Lunch Room. Jack loved hockey continuing to tie up his skates throughout his life. He was known for his steadfast dedication to the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and Bears. Jack’s children and grandchildren will fondly remember his love of games and puzzles, Cape Breton fiddle music, his wonderful Easter Egg Hunts but, most importantly, his unfailing love and support of his family.

Jack is survived by his children, Paul (Marilyn), Mary MacDonald (David McGreer), Carmel Scott (Ken); and grandchildren, Katie McGreer (Salvatore Cucchiara), Maura McGreer (Rob Wasyliw), Elizabeth Scott, Matthew McGreer, Mary Scott, Alexandra MacDonald, Margaret Scott, John Isaac MacDonald; great-grandson, Vincenzo Cucchiara McGreer and his sister, Lorraine MacDonald. 

The family is very grateful for the excellent care given to Jack by Dr. Angeline DeCicco, and the caring and dedicated staff of Capital Care Laurier House Edmonton.

Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass and celebration of life will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pictou County Food Bank or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Service Date
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Service Time
Service Location
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glagsow

Requested Charity
Pictou County Food Bank; Canadian Cancer Society