It is with sadness that we, the family, regret to announce the passing of our beloved father, son, brother and grandfather, Alexander MacDonald, age 72, of Sydney.  He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on March 4, 1946 in Sydney, Alex was the son of Hilda and the late Hector MacDonald.
Besides his father, Alex was predeceased by his sisters, Ann Louise Leith and Mary Margaret Gillis.  
Alex leaves behind his mother, Hilda MacDonald; wife, Valerie (Mizzi) MacDonald; sons, Hector (Amanda) MacDonald and Justin (Melinda) Menard; daughter, Chantal (Curtis) Courtemanche; beloved grandchildren, Tres Menard, Brandon Menard, Tevin Menard, Beaux Menard, Rylin Brockett, Damian Courtemanche and brothers, Frances (Karen) MacDonald, Peter (Trish) MacDonald and Danny (Deny) MacDonald.  
Alex was a family man for he loved being surrounded by his children and grandchildren.  He was always one for a good conversation or debate on any subject, as Alex knew a little bit about everything or so it seemed.  Alex was an Assistant Terminal Manager for Marine Atlantic for 38 years and was never one to miss work for he was always there to help travelers or coworkers.  Alex will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Alexander MacDonald will held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Sunday, April 1, 2018. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1-2 p.m. with service to follow at 2 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the funeral home reception area following the service. Interment will take place in St. Andrew's Parish Cemetery, Boisdale.
Donations in memory of Alex may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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Hilda,Peter and MacDonald Family ,We are so sorry for your loss .With Warm thoughts and prayers our sincere condolences .
From: Jerry and Glenda Yurczyszyn

Valerie & Families, We were saddened to read of Alex's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Chuck & Pat Drohan
From: Chuck Drohan

Hilda and extended family, Sending my thoughts and prayers out to you Hilda and your family in this very hard time in the loss of Alex my you find comfort in memories and family times ..Rest in peace Alex .
From: Colleen Mac Lean

Hector, Amanda and family, So sorry to hear of this loss. Will be keeping you in our hearts now and in the time to come.
From: Natalie Fraser and Brett MacLean

We are so saddened to read of Alex's passing. Our hearts and prayers are always with you. The Plumridge Family
From: Cathy Plumridge

Sincere sympathy to you all. Sorry we couldn't attend. Alex always reminded me of Grandpa,always up for a good conversation,especially those of differing options. Thoughts and prayers today for Hector and Valerie. Much love to Hilda.
From: Marie Mac Donald

My deepest condolences to Val and family…Alex was amazing to work with..he could tell the best stories..had a great smile under that mustache and an amazing laugh…he was one of the "fav" ATM..
From: Martha O'Keefe

I am deeply saddened to learn of Alex's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.May God give you strength and comfort to carry you through the times ahead.Rest peacefully Alex in God's loving care.
From: Peggy MacIntyre

I am so very sorry to hear of Alex's passing. He was my ATM @ Marine Atlantic and was a pleasure to work with.
From: April Sainthill

Dear Valerie, you are in our hearts and prayers at this very sad time. Alex is now at peace and songs of the Angels guided him along his Heavenly Journey. We know that you will find strength and solace in your faith,family and friends.
From: Claire(Mac Lean-Miller) and David Jones

So very sorry Valerie for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
From: Rebecca Lewis Higdon

Valerie, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family!
From: Diane Delaney

Dave and I just heard of Alex passing , we were away and didn't know, my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace, long time friend and neighbour-Sookie Nichols and Dave LeBlanc xo

Valerie so sorry I couldn't make the funeral. My prayers and thoughts are with you all

From: Sister Nichols MacAdam

I am so sorry to hear of Alex passing. He was a great individual and always a valued employees at MAI. I will always appreciate his thoughtful insight towards customer issues, especially the commercial trucking industry that held him in great esteem. Jim Roche
From: Jim Roche