Obituary of Sergeant Gerard Cameron MacDonald
On June 5, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, Gerard passed away peacefully. Born October 31, 1952 in New Victoria, he was the son of the late Charlie R. and Margaret (Cameron) MacDonald. In January of 1974 Gerard went on to join the RCMP, posted for training in Regina, then on to postings in NFLD, PEI, and Nova Scotia. In 2009, he retired to Cape Breton with the love of his life, Debbie. There, he enjoyed playing hockey three times per week, watching his Montreal Canadiens in the winter, traveling to southern destinations, and in summer spent his time in South Cove at the cottage with family, friends, and grandchildren. Gerard is survived by his loving wife, Debbie (Crowe) MacDonald of New Victoria; daughter, Kelly (Todd) Bannister; son, Ryan (Johanne) MacDonald; grandchildren, Piper and Jordyn; brothers, Ron (Lois) MacDonald of South Cove, Gerald (Valerie) MacDonald of Moncton; sister, Terry (Les) LeDrew of Gander Bay, NFLD; brothers-in-law, Wayne (Barb) Crowe of New Waterford, Shaun (Bill Wilson) Crowe of Sydney and David (Michelle) Crowe of New Waterford; many nieces and nephews near and far who Gerard loved dearly. He was privileged to have many of them by his side to support, love, laugh and cry with him through his final days, as well as receiving loving messages from those afar, who were not able to be here. He was preceded in death by parents Charlie R. and Margaret MacDonald; brother Charlie MacDonald and sister-in-law, Claudia (Sweeney) MacDonald; parents-in-law Douglas and Eileen Crowe. Gerard will be fondly remembered for his dedication to family, his love for hockey and his Montreal Canadiens. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5-9pm in V.J.McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith street, New Waterford. A funeral mass to celebrate Gerard’s life will take place on Thursday, June 9th, at 10 a. m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard, formerly Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel Avenue, with Father Ray Huntley officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, New Victoria with a luncheon to follow at the KOC Hall, Plummer Avenue, New Waterford. Memorials in Gerard’s memory would be gratefully accepted by the Canadian Cancer Society, An Calla Palliative Care, or charity of one's choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca. Go Habs Go!