We, the family of John William ‘Benson’ MacDonald of Westmount, announce his passing on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney at the age of 78 years.

Born on January 10, 1942 in Glace Bay, John was the son of the late Angus and Mabel (Morrison) MacDonald.

Dad was a well-respected man around Westmount, always willing to help anyone. John spent many years coaching the Westmount Angels and making sure the ballfields were ready to play on. A coalminer from Glace Bay, John was a man who loved his wife, Carmella and their six children. Over the year’s Dad liked to play darts at the Point Edward Hall and the Westside Legion. He was a member of the Dobson Yacht Club. John will be missed by all who knew him.

John is survived by his brothers, Angus and James; sisters, Agnes and Peggy; children, Sharon (Rooster Hill), John, Michael (Melanie), Valerie, Gerald, Sheldon (Diane)and his grandchildren, Courtney ‘his baby’, Danielle, Stephanie, Judith, Brianna and Kirk (Katrina) and their children, Chase, Lucas and James.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his loving wife, Carmella (MacLeod) MacDonald and brother, William.

The family of John MacDonald would like to thank the staff of 4B at the CBRH for taking care of Dad over the last five months during this difficult time.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of John MacDonald will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.) Whitney Pier on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with the memorial service to follow at 12 noon in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Interment will take place at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.

Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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We are all so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man who always made time for everyone. He was a great neighbour and we all have great memories of him .
RIP Bensen, you will be dearly missed .
Dena, Bernie Jr, Laurie & Karen
From:  Laurie