MACDONALD, John Carson – With sadness, his family announces the death of John Carson Macdonald on October 5th, 2016 in Peterborough, Ontario at the age of 66.
John was predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth Macdonald; his parents-in-law Tom and Eva Pound; and his brother-in-law Martin Pierce.
Beloved husband for 46 years of Dorothy (Pound). Father of Gregory Macdonald (Stephanie Laing), Katy Shufelt (Andrew), Johanna Macdonald (Linda Ellis). Grandfather of Bronwyn, Madeleine, Rhiannon, Reese, Zoe, and Carson.
Brother of Susan Munroe (George Munroe), Bruce Macdonald (Gayle); brother-in-law of Judy Pierce, Margaret Pound, and Tom Pound (Marilyn). Uncle to Sandy, Sharon, Scott, Sheila, Andrew, Shannon, Laird, Tara, Peter, Christie.
John was born in Toronto on November 22, 1949. He was raised in Leaside where he met Dorothy, his high school sweetheart. He obtained his B.A. at the University of Western Ontario and worked in insurance and fund development, most recently as the Executive Director of St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation in Peterborough.
He was an active volunteer and advocate in the community. He was Chair of the Peterborough Council for Persons with Disabilities, President of Hospice Peterborough, and a member of St. Barnabas Church. John loved writing. He wrote many biographical stories, letters to the editor and articles, including the Peterborough this Week newspaper column, ‘From the Chair’. John was proud handler of Lions Foundation guide dogs.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis for over 25 years, John re-invented himself over and over again. John and Dorothy worked together to make the almost impossible, possible! His love of life was truly inspirational. Despite his daily challenges, he was most well-known for his ability to teach profound life lessons. He cared most about family, community, and nature. He will be dearly missed by all of us.
Visitation will be held at the Highland Park Funeral Centre, Peterborough on Friday, October 14th from 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, October 15th at 2 p.m., followed by a reception.
Donations in John's honour to: Hospice Peterborough (http://www.hospicepeterborough.org), the Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides (http://www.dogguides.com), the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (www.mssociety.ca).