Macdonald, Charles Campbell 'Charlie'

Charlie passed away peacefully at his home in Meaford on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the age of 91.

Born in Chatsworth on April 13, 1931, he was a son of the late Gordon and Grace (nee Hunter) Macdonald.

Charlie was the beloved husband of Peggy Schenk for over 63 years, loving father to Phil and his wife Marcia, Greg and his wife Debbie and Lee and her husband Bryan Fawcett.  He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren; Lindsay and her husband Matt Brooks, Matt and his wife Laura, Tom and his wife Cailey, Tara, Lyla (Derek), and proud great grandfather of Avery and Jacob Brooks, and Hunter, Addison, and Liam Macdonald.  Charlie will be remembered fondly by his sisters-in-law, Georgina Schenk, Adele Schenk and Marj Macdonald.  He was predeceased by his brothers John and Hunter Macdonald.

Charlie arrived in Meaford in 1953 when he and his brother John started their business together in the Crest Hardware building.  In 1979 they opened Macdonald’s Furniture and Appliances where they worked hard together side by side for many years and their legacy lives on more than 69 years later.

His hockey career began with the A.H.L. ‘Hershey Bears’.  Charlie was on the farm team for the Boston Bruins but broke his ankle playing ball and was unable to pursue his N.H.L. hockey career.  He went on to play amateur hockey with local teams for several years winning the 1957-58 Senior B Knights of Meaford Championship and was a big contributor to the book “Too Far Back in the Bush” by Brad Wilcox.  Charlie proudly served as the President of the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association.  He loved sports and also played intermediate ball; he was a very talented athlete.

Charlie was a devoted Presbyterian and was honoured that he and his brother John were able to donate the land for Knox Presbyterian Church which has meant so much to their families over the years.  He truly loved Meaford and participating in the community in any way that he could.

A funeral service will be conducted at Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11 o’clock.  We ask that masks are worn at the service to keep everybody safe.  A Celebration of Charlie’s Life will follow at the Meaford Community Centre where all are welcome to gather to share stories and enjoy refreshments while remembering Charlie.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church (Cheques Only Please) or directly through the church by etransfer at knoxmeaford@bmts.com, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.    www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford

Donations: Knox Presbyterian Church (Cheques Only Please) or directly through the church by etransfer at knoxmeaford@bmts.com
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Brad Wilcox
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    It was a privilege to get to know Charlie in his latter years when we became good friends during the period I was researching his hockey career. Writing a book and reliving my childhood memories of him playing intermediate hockey in Meaford was one of the major highlights of my life. He was a great guy both on and off the ice

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  2. John Burgess
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    I had the good fortune to work with Charlie these last 15 years. He always had a story for me and questions about everything. He always said it’s a long day if you can’t laugh. He was always talking Blue Jays baseball with Dale. Going to miss our chats. So long Charlie.

    John and Dale Burgess

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  3. Sylvia & Michael Long
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to the Macdonald family.
    Sylvia & Michael Long

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  4. Lorene Taylor
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Charlie…Your love for your family, your generosity to our community and your integrity were so admirable. So many Charlie MacDonald memories…taking us out in your pontoon, giving Quillan an old couch for university in exchange for a case of beer, refusing to sell me a non self cleaning oven ( big thanks for that), stopping next to us when we were out running, having a chat in the cemetery as you had coffee with Peggy, telling me Lieran had not inherited her good singing voice from me as you had heard me sing, and so much more. You always had a big smile, and you were always on the go. You are a good role model for the rest of us.

    You will be missed! Lorene, Quentin and family

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  5. Wanda McHarg
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Sincere condolences to the Macdonald Family. Charlie was one in a million. Had a passion for sports – and serving customers at the Macdonald’s store in Meaford.

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  6. Murray Adams
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our condolences to all Charlie s family,kyle murray & Sandra,

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  7. Paul & Sharon Dunn
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family at this difficult time. Charlie always had a smile and a hello when you met him out and about.
    The town of Meaford has lost a good man.
    Fly high with the angels, you kind sweet man, you will be missed immensely.

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  8. Kelly Mumroe
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    As a former employee of McDonalds from 1978-1981, I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Charlie’s family. He was an amazing person who, along with his brother John, made quite an impact to the Meaford area. Charlie was quite the visionary and was always well respected and welcoming. You will be missed.

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  9. Jerry & Barb Saunders
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee and families: Words cannot express how we feel on hearing the news of Charlie. Our last get together with him was at the hockey game the night of his birthday. We reminisced and had a lot of laughs of things that have happened over the years. Jerry started calling on him and John when they were at the Crest Hardware Store. We guess that is about 50 years and it was such a pleasure not only as a business acquaintance but also on a personal basis. We have spent many good times with him and Peg over the years.
    We shall miss him and that infectious smile that was familiar to all. RIP Charlie.

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  10. Ellen Anderson
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    I am truly saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing.

    He was a wonderful human being with a zest for life and a kindness for others that are an example for all of us to follow.

    There is comfort in knowing he is reunited with his beloved Peggy who he has missed so much.

    My sincere condolences to the family of this lovely man.

    God bless.

    Ellen Anderson

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  11. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Randy and I were so saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing:( He was such a wonderful, kind and generous man that always had a smile on his face. We got to know Charlie, Peggy and their family because Randy’s father Gordon was in the Hardware business as well. A group of Hardware men and their wives spent a weekend each summer in July at the Pyatt cottage for a time of fellowship and fun. This tradition lasted for over 40 years. If those walls could talk!! Charlie enjoyed these weekends so much and often spoke of them when we saw each other. As he was close to being the last surviving member of the “Hardware Gang” we dropped off the collection of photo albums and 40th Anniversary Poster commemorating those special weekends to Charlie. He called several times to say how much he enjoyed having them and remembering.
    To the family, may your many wonderful memories of your very special father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle & brother-in-law help you in your times of grief. He loved and talked about all you with such pride and love. He was a “one of a kind” guy that will be remembered with respect by so many.

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  12. Tanja Grasshoff
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Phil, Greg and Lee I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was the most humane and honest salesman I have ever met. He had a way of thoroughly understanding his customers. When our fridge quit working, he understood time was of the essence and made sure we had a fast delivery. He understood the value of a dollar and cared as much for his financially challenged customers as those who could afford the newest items. His legacy will be remembered.

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  13. Sharon and Preston Owen
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    I have had the privilege of being a part of the Macdonald family for 18 years at the family business. Friday nights were sometimes quiet at the store and Charlie would tell many a hockey story or stories if he and John. Did you know that John and Charlie hold two records in Chatsworth??? A record for the most outhouses pushed over. The second record is for the most outhouses stood back up!!!!
    I’m gonna miss you Charlie!!! ❤️

    Sharon, Preston and Brooke

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  14. Tracy Davison
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    So sorry for your loss. Charlie always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He will be missed. Sending our condolences to all.
    Scott and Tracy Davison

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  15. Janie McVicar
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    So sad to hear of Charlie’s passing. I just talked to him Tuesday. His last words are with me. Rest in peace Charlie. My thoughts are with his family❤️❤️❤️

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  16. Connie Good
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Sending condolences to the McDonald family, Charlie will be missed by many.
    He always had a smile and a story to tell. So sorry to hear of his passing.

    Connie (Sewell) Good

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  17. Gary & Sharon Long
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Condolences to the MacDonald family. Charlie always took time to chat about baseball or hockey when you met him. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.

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  18. Keith & Barb Dooks
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all the MacDonald family. A timeless soul and a community treasure. Charlie was so kind to us whenever we met and never missed asking about our family over the years. We wish him sweet rest.
    ~Barb & Keith Dooks

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  19. Rob Gardner
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    My condolences to the MacDonald family.
    One of Meaford’s great citizens in sports and business.
    Now he and Hon can be together again.
    RIP Charlie

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  20. Paul Warwick
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    So glad I stopped two weeks ago and had a chat with Charlie at his home.He said three or four times most of his old hockey pals where gone.
    Just a great individual and sportsman.Condolences to Phil and the family.

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  21. Brenda Graham
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of your dear sweet Dad. I loved visiting with Charlie and hearing the stories about him and my Dad. He was the best ! Hugs to all ! Richard and Brenda [Leckie] Graham

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  22. Shirley Woolner
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our family has always had a relationship with Charlie & Peggy. We heard all kinds of stories about their weekends with friends at “Sunny Island”! Charlie was a wonderful person, liked by all he touched. His sunny smile & booming voice will be missed.

    Paul & Shirley Woolner

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  23. Jim and Kathy Uram
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    We are so very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He will be missed by many!
    Our condolences to the entire Macdonald family.

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  24. Judy and Laurie Hill
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    To Phil, Greg, Lee and all the family: Our sincere condolences on the passing of Charlie. He certainly loved the Attack and we would have many conversations discussing the team’s exploits. It was great that he was just on the jumbotron at the Attack game in the bear’s den celebrating his 91st birthday. You will all have many great memories of Charlie – hold them in your hearts.

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  25. Fern and Les xx
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    His phone calls at 7:30 A. M.about the Attack game were always welcome.

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  26. Roger Martin
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our sympathies to the whole McDonald family!We met Charlie and John in the old hardware store and still are customers.Charlie will be missed but never forgotten!

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  27. Gary and Bev Dillon
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing .Got to know Charlie when he coached the Monarchs and had a great deal of respect for him as a coach and a great person . Always enjoyed catching up when we ran into him . Our sincere condolences to all the family .
    Gary and Beverlee Dillon

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  28. Kate Shakell & Janice Shakell-Wilson
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Macdonald family….We are so very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He sure was quite a gentleman. Many memories of this bigger than life man. May your memories comfort you at this very sad time.
    Kate Shakell & Janice Shakell-Wilson

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    1. Kathy Green
      Sunday, May 22, 2022

      Greg, Lee, Phil & families,
      Bruce & I send hugs to all. It was a pleasure being able to work with Charlie for many years. The stories that he told were always so interesting, I always said these needed to be captured. I’m glad some have been!
      Charlie touched so many people over the years with his kindness. I had many stories told to me from customers about how he’d helped them in one way or another. Yes, his legacy lives on. He was a good teacher. You will be missed but never forgotten Charlie. Love to all, Kathy

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  29. Coreen Clarke
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our condolences to the MacDonald family. Charlie was a very unique person and a truly great friend to all. He will be greatly missed. A productive happy life well lived. Jim & Coreen Clarke

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  30. Max & Gary Biesenthal
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    I have never met anyone that had such a love for life and family as Charlie.
    My condolences to the entire MacDonald family.

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  31. Merv and Ellie Smith
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our sincere condolences Phil, Greg and Lee and families. Always loved your dad. Such an amazing man. Always smiling and cheery whenever and wherever we would meet. We were so sad to hear of his passing. Thought he would live forever. He missed your Mom so much, now they can be together. He was a great man who will be missed by many.

    Ellie and Merv

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  32. Marylyn & Wayne Kipp
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Macdonald family in the loss of a great man. It was always a pleasure doing business with Charlie.

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  33. Jane(Walmsley )Smith
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our condolences to the Macdonald family. Charlie was a Pillar in the Community, in Business and in Town Sports I always enjoyed reminiscing stories with you. We will miss your constant smile. Here’s to the memories

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  34. Sandy Rennick
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Sorry to hear this, Lee and family. My thoughts are with you. I hope fond memories bring you some comfort.

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  35. Faye Fisher
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Deepest sympathies to the entire MacDonald family on the loss of an amazing man. Charlie was an accomplished businessman who gave it all he had even until the end yet always taking time for family and friends and would stop and have a chat with anyone who crossed his path. No doubt the stories and memories he has left will remain with people for a lifetime. Cherish those memories and know that he is now with Peggy, the love of his life. ❤️
    Steve and Faye Fisher

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  36. Verna & Rick Hindle
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Phil & Marcia, Greg & Debbie, Lee & Bryan and families, our sincere condolences to all.
    What a life Charlie had, one some of us can only imagine. It was always great fun listening to Charlie when he was reminiscing. The memories he has left for all of us, most, will continue to make us smile and laugh for a very long time. Charlie had the innate ability to make everyone feel like a friend and he will truly be missed but thankfully his legacy is legendary.

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  37. June Barclay
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Wonderful gentleman…always came to say hello when Lloyd and I would visit the store. We go back many, many years to th Crest Hardware days! How we all enjoyed the evenings after the convention, all gathering in someones room…the stories that were told and the antics that went on are a true pleasure to think about. I am sure the funeral will be a real celebration of Charlies life…Great times with the Macdonalds!

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  38. Bonnie Hammond
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee & families – I was saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man & will be missed by all! We enjoyed ‘dealing with’ Charlie – we always talked hockey & baseball while we were buying what we needed! I remember going with my Dad to watch Charlie play hockey – the games were always exciting!
    Enjoy the wonderful memories that you have – they will mean a lot in the days & weeks to come!
    Bonnie Hammond

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  39. David and Myrna
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee and families:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Charlie. He was simply an all around great man! His love and support of family, church and community will surely be remembered and missed greatly.

    David and Myrna

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  40. WILLY&Wendy
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all the Macdonald families.It was a honor to know your father. Always had the time for everyone to chat or deal with and the stories all very interesting. Charlie will certainly be missed by many.

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  41. Kim MacDonald
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, Lee. My sympathies to you and your family.

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  42. Bob Skippen
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Sorry to hear of Charlie s passing. Lots of memories with him on the boat waterskiing and at the cottage having a beer.
    Bob and Lynn

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  43. Deb Bumstead
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Lee, Greg, Phil and families: thinking of you and the extended family at this time, what a legacy Charlie left for Meaford and your families. Always time for a chat, so many antics & stories, cherish your memories.
    Deb Bumstead & Gene Rear

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  44. Bruce and Kathy Lemon
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Greg, Phil, lee and families. Charlie’s presence will be missed by many. May all your memories and stories help you through this difficult time and over the years. Our condolences to all the families and close friends and co-workers.
    Bruce and Kathy

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  45. Jim and Deb Chapman
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Phil, Greg and Lee ~
    To all of the Macdonald family
    We are very sad to hear about Charlie.
    Everyone loved that guy.
    Such a zest for life he and Peggy shared. The life of the party at any social get togethers.
    Our sincere sympathy.
    A life well lived.
    Jim and Deb

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  46. Pete & Orma Padfield
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee, and families,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We have great memories of Charlie. We do cherish all our wonderful times together over the last 60 years. A great friend.

    Love,
    Pete & Orma

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  47. Cherie Ron Murray
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Thought and prayers to all the McDonald families RIP Charlie God bless till we see you again
    Cherie,Ron Murray

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  48. Bill Campbell
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    I have many great memories of long ago..called up to play goal for The Chevies..1961/1962.Shared games
    with Red Henry.Played with both Charlie and brother John as well as a number of Meaford and Owen Sound
    players.As a youngster.I was well mentored and accepted by all.These same memories came back when
    speaking with Brad Wicox at the time he was writing his hockey book and getting a great deal of input
    from Charlie,the right guy to go to for sure!
    Sincere sympathy to all family members.

    Bill Campbell

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  49. Glenn Caswell
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all Charlie’s family. He was a wonderful guy and he will be greatly missed. He did so much for our community. We will surely miss that beautiful smile. Rest in peace Charlie.
    Bev and Glenn Caswell

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  50. Rick and Bonnie almas
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Greg , Phil , lee and families, our deepest sympathy to all of you ,Charlie was a great guy and lived his life to the fullest!!

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  51. Leone Allan
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    To Charlie’s family

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    Charlie and John were the team in MacDonald. Charlie will be missed by many. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.
    Bob & Leone Allan

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  52. Duncan and Sue McKinlay
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Phil, we were very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Charlie was a ray of sunshine when you entered the store. He leaves many wonderful memories.

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  53. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Our condolences to you the Macdonald Family. I used to like talking to Charlie at the cemetery when we walked up there. Lots of stories, too to many hockey games him and his brother John was in at the old hockey rink in the late Fifties. REST IN PEACE CHARLIE. IF THEY HAVE HOCKEY IN HEAVEN THEY ARE GETTING A GOOD HOCKEY PLAYER

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  54. Lili Anne Holding
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Lee, you and your family will miss your Dad. He was a guiding light in your life and reflected your love. Keep your memories close and tell your future generations of his accomplishments and pride especially in you, his greatest work. XO
    Lili Anne (Georgas) Holding

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  55. Carol and Jack Patterson
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Our condolences go out to the family. We have visited the store several times. Lee, we are thinking about you at this time. Carol and Jack Patterson

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  56. David McKay
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    I fondly remember Charlie from MacDonald’s Furniture when I was a kid growing up and during the time he worked with my late father when they opened Grant’s Hardware on the Meaford waterfront. He was a gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  57. Evelyn Luongo
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Our condolence to the MCDONALD family. We all lost a wonderful kind man. He will be missed. Charlie always made time to talk to us. A great loss.

    Evelyn and Tino Luongo

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  58. Liz Chalmers
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Bert and I first met Charlie when we stopped at MacDonald’s store to buy some furniture after we bought our home in Meaford. During the transaction, Charlie asked if we were Presbyterians. When we answered yes Charlie’s response was, “Good! You’re just in time to help us pay for a new church.” We became members of Knox Presbyterian at the old church downtown and shortly after, the congregation moved to the new church. Through that association we met many wonderful friends; friendships that continued when we moved to New Hamburg.
    My condolences to Phil, Greg, Lee and their families. Treasure the happy memories. We all have so many.

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  59. Doug Smith
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    The ORFUNS wish to express our sympathies to Charlies family. Charlie was always interested in our ball team and would ask about them. When we won a championship trophy in Toronto he allowed us to display it in their store window. A great guy and what an asset to Meaford

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  60. Linda Teed
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    My thoughts are with all of the family at this time. Whenever we wanted appliances we always went to see Charlie and the gang. He would always look after us. A devoted citizen.
    Linda Teed and family

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  61. Wendy Carter
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Sincere condolences to the MacDonald family, thoughts are with you all.

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  62. Anita Cornfield
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire MacDonald family. Charlie was such a wonderful man, a true gentleman and always a pleasure to deal with in the store. He will be dearly missed by many.
    Wayne and Anita Cornfield

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  63. Barry Moore
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    My condolences to the MacDonald family at this time of great loss.
    Charlie will be missed by many.

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  64. David and Kathy Sled
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Our condolences to the Macdonald Family. We always enjoyed our visit to the store, especially when Charlie and John were there. The stories they could tell! Charlie was an Iconic Figure in Meaford, he will be missed!

    Sincerely,

    David and Kathy Sled

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  65. Carolyn Nixon
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee and Families,
    So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. One quick story. Approx. 20 years ago a group from town were at Lora Bay golfing. On the way home Dad said “Pull into Charlie’s I need a used fridge for downstairs.” Luckily Charlie was there. “Got a couple at the back,” Charlie said. Dad picked one out and Charlie said $25.00. Dad said that was too much.
    I’ll get back to the fridge.
    They started talking old times. Shipbuilders: Huskie-Meaford games. Most of the guys spoken of are in “Too far Back in the Bush”. This took up a good two hours, should have had a tape recorder. Priceless! Charlie and my Dad respected one another on and off the ice and were lifelong friends.
    And for the fridge. Charlie says, ” We have a truck going through Durham next week. We’ll drop it off, No Charge. “Friends”.
    Jim Nixon Jr. on behalf of the Late Jim Nixon Sr. family.

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  66. Paul Evans
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    One of the best ever.Thanks for being you Charlie. None better. We will miss you.
    Sincere condolences to the Lee, Greg, Phil and their families.
    Nancy& Paul Evans

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  67. Gord Searles
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    My sincere sympathy and condolences to all the family. I remember him so well, and with great regard. Such a kind and engaging gentleman, he will be missed.

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  68. The Zinn Family (Fred, Norene, Barb and Kim, Pat and Ric.
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    We are saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we will remember him fondly, waving from the pontoon boat as he passed by our dock on Lake Eugenia. May your memories of Charlie help sustain you during these difficult times.

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    1. Ron and Betty Merrifield
      Wednesday, May 25, 2022

      Anyone who met Charlie would have an instant liking, you couldn’t help but warm up to his smile and chatter. He always had the time to talk. I’ve heard many John and Charlie stories, the amazing growth of the brother’s furniture store and the family business. Meaford will miss yet another solid citizen. Thinking of you Phil, Greg, Lee and Family.

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  69. Dave and Val Roulston
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a nice man to talk to and always welcomed you when we met. Our condolences go out to the entire McDonald family. RIP Charlie, you will be missed!

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  70. Ron Reid
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    To Phil, Greg, Lee and your families we send our sincere condolences. Charlie was a wonderful man with a personality that was so sincere. He will be so missed by all of his family and many, many friends and acquaintances. A life well lived and many memories to cherish. Sending our love. Lori & Ron

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  71. Chris G Crapper
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    Meaford has lost one of it’s most popular citizens, one of its most successful business people, one of its best athletes and one of it’s biggest community supporters.

    Thinking of you Phil, Greg and Janet Lee.

    Chris G Crapper

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  72. Andy & Sheila McKerroll
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    Our condolences to the MacDonald family. My parents spoke often about the many good times they had with Charlie and Peggy skiing. Charlie was so well known and liked. He will be missed by many.

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  73. Eunice Doubt-Moore
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    My condolences to the family. While I did not know him that well, I often heard Sharon and Steven speak of her “ wonderful Uncle Charlie” He will be missed by his family and friends.

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  74. Dave Crapper
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    If Meaford had a patron saint, his name would have been Charlie MacDonald.

    Over the years, countless residents were the beneficiaries of Charlie (and brother John’s) charitable spirit. If someone was in genuine need of furnishings or appliances, Charlie was there for them, no questions asked. He and John and their families built a great business, and Charlie presided over it with energy, enthusiam, good humour and an unrivalled generosity of spirit. He employed many, and he looked after all.

    But what I remember most about Charlie was the sports, particularly the hockey. Growing up, Phil and I, and Greg and my brother Mike, were inseparable. And we were always playing hockey. Winter or summer, rink, roadway, or in MacDonalds basement at their home, we were always playing hockey. And during practice at the rink in winter, Charlie would often suit up and come out with us. On skates, he was built like a tank, but could skate like the wind. What an intimidating sight he was bearing down on you, full speed! And that shot of his…a push, a snap, and the puck was flying 6 inches off the ice, rattling in off the post every time. Very cool!

    The men of his era (and their wives) in Meaford were remarkable for their civic spirit. Charlie, Al Richardson, Tom Sims, Bill Croft, and so many, many others spent hours and hours raising money, building facilities, coaching teams. The Meaford arena, Blue Dolphin pool, William Croft Athletic Field, these were all their doing. They created the Meaford Ametur Athletic Association (MAAA) and left a profound legacy behind them.

    Meaford was such a great small town to grow up in, thanks in large part to Charlie, and the host of others like him who were so selfless and devoted to making it a great little town.

    To Phil, Greg, and Janet Lee, and your families, I hope the memories you have of Charlie will help dull the pain of his passing. He and your Mom made Meaford a much better place to live. He will be sorely missed. On behalf of brothers Chris and Mike, and sister Mary Marg, our deepest sympathies to you, and our profound thanks for sharing your Dad with all of us.

    Rest in peace Charlie.

    Dave Crapper

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  75. Gail Norris
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    To the family of Charlie MacDonald. My mother (Bawn Hamilton Downs) was raised in Chatsworth and thought very highly of the MacDonald family.
    Charlie was a man who made a “difference in the lives of his family and his community”! May the wonderful memories his family have of Charlie, provide you with comfort in the days ahead.
    Gail Norris

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  76. Greg and Sheila Skripka
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    I only spoke with Charlie a few times throughout the last 9 years. Everytime I would approach him he would have a great big welcoming on his face. Ready and willing to ask you how your day was and ready to tell you a story or two. Condolences to Phil, Lindsay, Mathew and their families. May you all find peace in during this difficult time.

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  77. Paul & Rose Ormsby
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Our condolences to the Macdonald family.

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  78. David j Holroyd
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    If you ever needed someone to be a role model for you or anyone, you would not go wrong in following in Charlie’s footsteps. He was just a fine honest man who was wonderful to deal with and you became an instant friend. LOL Charlie.
    Dave Holroyd

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  79. Dale & Penny Olson, Gary & Barb Schmidt
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the Macdonald family. Charlie’s kindness, generosity and friendship to our parents, Don and Lorraine Hatch, will always be remembered.

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  80. Sharon Doubt
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Uncle Charlie will be missed.That infectious smile of his.
    So many great memories of the Macdonald Christmas’s. A lot involving renting an ice Arena In Meaford or Chatsworth so we could all skate and play hockey…. Him included.
    My dad, Hunter, was the oldest but certainly loved his youngest brother deeply. There was no breaking that Macdonald Bond between them.
    I’m sure the two of them will have lots of laughs and many things to talk about!
    Love you and miss you uncle Charlie.
    I know you made the community of Meaford a better place!
    Steve and Sharon Doubt (Macdonald) xo

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  81. Bob Wark
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    My sincere condolences to Phil, Marcia and the Macdonald family . I have many fond memories of Charlie going back to the days when Phil played hockey for the Junior ‘B’ Greys and also many trips to the Furniture store.
    He was always such a gentleman and pleasure to talk to.

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  82. Richard and Maureen Knight
    Thursday, May 26, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Charlies passing, he was a great friend of the family and enjoyed many adventures with Blanche and Keith.
    He had a good run and he knew how to play the game of life.

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  83. Wayne and Sharon Challis
    Thursday, May 26, 2022

    To all the family of Charlie we are sorry for your loss. He was kind thoughtful man who always would take time to say hello. He will be missed by a lot of us.

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  84. Art & Sharon Kingston
    Thursday, May 26, 2022

    We send our condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. We often talk about how he helped us with our first appliances. He was one of a kind, a true gentleman and will be missed.

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  85. j Peter Little
    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Condolences from the Little’s Charlie was always a gentleman in his dealings!

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  86. Jack and Linda Morgan
    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee and families,
    Our sincere condolences on your loss. Charlie was one of life’s great citizens. We remember him and brother, John, from our first days in Meaford in 1970, having moved up from the city. We needed a stove and fridge in a hurry for our first rental accommodation. Charlie was on the job immediately with a smile and an assurance that we could count on him and John for any kind of assistance, We learned something then that has been confirmed over the years – we had moved to the right community.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  87. Bill Barclay
    Monday, May 30, 2022

    Phil, Greg, Lee and family
    We are so sadden to hear of the passing of Charlie. Charlie was such a gracious person and a kind man. I have many memories of him from the days when I played hockey with Phil for the Owen Sound Junior “B” Greys. He always so wonderful to deal with at the store, a true business man who cared for his customers. In the last few years I enjoyed stopping and chatting with him at the Attack games. Charlie’s presence will be sadly missed by his community, friends, and mostly family.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Bill and Melanie Barclay

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