McDonald, Roderick Alexander

"Alex"

Born in St. Vincent Township near Bognor on July 30, 1930, a son of the late John Philip and Annie Pearl (nee Campbell) McDonald, Alex passed away in Thornbury on October 23, 2020 at the age of 90.

 

A hard working farmer who enjoyed his work and who loved to get together to share his love of old time country music and play his guitar, mandolin, violin and banjo, he was devoted to his family and community.

Alex is remembered as a beloved husband  by his wife June (nee Culham) of Thornbury whom he married at Sunnidale Corners on September 8, 1956 and was her loving companion for over 64 years.

He was a much loved father and Dad to Brad McDonald and his wife Lee-Ann Luciani of Collingwood, Bryan McDonald and his wife Pauline of Grey Highlands, Gwen McDonald and her partner David Campbell of Meaford, and Warren McDonald also of Meaford.

He will be the sorely missed Grampa and G-Pa of David and his wife Courtney McDonald of Midland and their children Henley, Olivia and Avery; Matthew McDonald and his partner Sara Sammons of Collingwood and their children Hannah, Jack, Harper and Aisley;  Jennifer and her husband Keith Murray of Meaford;  Andrew McDonald and his wife Rebecca also of Meaford and their children Kaitlyn, Emily and Jacob;  Grace and Morgan Campbell both of Meaford;  Lori and her husband Michael Rose of Toronto and Dana Caswell and her husband Matt Johnson also of Toronto.

Alex is survived by his sister Helen Dales (late Alan) of Thornbury, and brother David ‘Mac’ McDonald and his wife Joan of Owen Sound. He was predeceased by sisters Yvonne Wilson (late James) of Wasaga Beach and Irene (late Lloyd) Knox of Duncan and by a brother Murray (late Armol) McDonald of Owen Sound.  He will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Duncan Sheldon and his wife Florance Culham of Huntsville and by his many nieces and nephews and their families.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and regulations concerning gatherings at this time, a family funeral service, officiated by Reverend Peggy Kipfer, will be conducted at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Thornbury followed by a service of committal and interment at Union Cemetery.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (cheques only please) or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

Details

Service: Private family funeral service at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Thornbury, ON

Donations: St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Thornbury (Cheques only please), Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Anne Baker
    Saturday, October 24, 2020

    Brad, Lee Ann, Gwen – so very sorry for your loss. Your father/father in law sounds like a real salt of the earth, a good man. I’m sorry he is gone and hope he can play his music wherever he has gone. His character lives in in his children and the ones they love.
    Many hugs.
    Anne

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  2. Bob Earley
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    MY sincerest condolences to June and family.

    Alex may have passed but he will NEVER be forgotten!! Since 1965, when I first came to visit at the farm, there have been a lot of memories made and card games lost plus more than a few drinks and good food consumed along the way. Susan and Alex took turns to rile the other but we always ended up laughing together. We always felt part of your family.

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  3. Murray & Ilene Stephens
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Our thoughts go out to June and family at this difficult time.
    Always enjoyed his music and jokes.

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  4. Suzanne Duguay
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Words can not express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Alex’s infectious smile and his kindness to all will not be forgotten. Gone from our sight, but never far from our hearts!
    May we remember all the good times we had like the many, many, many music jams/parties, the card and board games and let’s not forget horseshoes. The laughter of great friends will always be there especially when we listen to a gold o’l fiddle tune.
    Keep the music playing in peace Alec!

    Roy & Mary Anne Robertson (and family)

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  5. Gary & Lori Carscadden
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He had a good life with many family & friends to carry the memories on. Our deepest sympathy.

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  6. Barry and Chris Wood
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Dear June ,Brad, Bryan, Gwen , Warren and families we send our heartfelt sympathies at this difficult time-Alex will be remembered as a kind neighbor and a dear family friend-you are all in our thoughts and prayers Art McNally ,Chris and Barry Wood

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  7. sheldon culham
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    —–“–All good things must come to an end—sometime!!!!—–sad as it is.
    —-Congrats to sister June for raising such a great husband——-the lessons probably began from that first Blind Date——Brother Sheldon

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  8. Jim and Kathy Uram
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies to the whole McDonald family.

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  9. Sandra Pyatt
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I know Alex will be missed by all of you and your hearts are hurting right now, but fill your hearts and minds with stories, pictures and love, and it will hopefully lessen the grief.

    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

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  10. Linda Teed
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Our thoughts are with you and the family at this time. A good life lived with many cherished memories to share and hold on to. Never forgotten.

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  11. Linda Teed
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Our thoughts are with you and the family at this time. A good life lived, with many cherished memories to share and hold on to. Never forgotten.

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  12. Brian and Trudi Wiley
    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Our condolences to the entire McDonald family. Alex will be missed by many! So sad you are going through these sad times. Always loved Alex’s smile and sense of humour.
    Blessings
    Brian and Trudi Wiley

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  13. Lori
    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Thoughts and prayers to all your family and yes he will be missed. Keep those many memories close to your hearts; and I know there’ll be many.

    Lori & Bill Allen

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  14. Evonne Vail
    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Thinking of you all at this time. He will be missed by all who knew him but he has left us with a lot of good memories!
    Don and Evonne Vail and family

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  15. Bev Ardiel
    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Harold and Bev Ardiel

    We are so sorry to hear of Alex’s passing.
    Our thoughts are with you all in this difficult time of loss.

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  16. Joan & Norman Haldane
    Monday, October 26, 2020

    To the McDonald family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We know that Alex was a real pillar in the community, and will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely,
    Joan and Norman Haldane

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  17. Anita Cornfield
    Monday, October 26, 2020

    June, Brad, Bryan, Gwen and Warren
    Your dad was a wonderful father and friend to many. I will always remember him for his passion for music, horseshoes, practical jokes and family gatherings. He dearly loved his family. I have many fond memories of Alex except for one particular frog incident!! Hold your memories close to your heart and cherish them. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire family for your loss

    Much Love
    Wayne and Anita

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  18. James Hindle
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Alex ‘s fine umer and love of country music will live on in the hearts of all of who had the privalidge to share with him. I am sure country music has a place for us in heaven.

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  19. Marion Mower
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Our sincere condolences to the entire McDonald family.
    Ron and Marion Mower

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  20. Linda McNicol
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    Sorry to hear of your loss. He sure loved his music and having a good time. Linda McNicol

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  21. Donna Coffey
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    Condolences to June and her family. Hold all your precious memories close to your heart. June, if my memory is intact, as nursing students, you and I were at Homewood in Guelph at the same time many years ago.
    Donna Coffey, KWH ’55

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  22. Ron & Shelley Gibbons
    Thursday, October 29, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. He will be missed.
    Ron & Shelley Gibbons

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