It is with heartfelt sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Andrew Ignatius ‘Nick’ MacDonald, age 86, on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, Sydney.
Born on February 1, 1935, at MacLeod’s Hill, Sydney, Nick was a son of the late Andrew and Nora (Burke) MacDonald.
Nick is survived by his children, Debbie (Paul) Doyle, Carmel (John) Gallant, Marlene Gallant, Andrew (Shannon), Robert (Georgios Dimotsantos), and Mary Helen (Philip) Thompson; siblings, Vince, John ‘Dicker’ (Joanne), and Helen (Gerald ‘Bucky’) Gallant; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Nick was predeceased by his wives, Florence MacPhee & Mary Fraser; siblings, Anna Champion, Theresa MacDonald, Catherine Bungay, Evie Macleod, Charles, Jim, and Joe; son-in-law, Russell Gallant and granddaughter, Jennifer Doyle.
Nick took work where he found it, from hauling coal, garbage collecting, as a milkman, and a short stint pipefitting. He was loved by all. He was a great storyteller. Throughout his life, people who met him even once were struck by his charm and his unique twinkle in his eye. At home, he liked gardening, growing veggies and flowers, watching Blue Jays baseball, fishing, hunting, and going to the pensioners club to play tarabish.
Nick’s family would like to thank the staff at Harbourstone, Mira Bay, for their hard work, kindness and compassion when taking care of Dad, especially chatting and playing a game of crib. The family would also like to thank the Palliative Care team for their support during his time of need.
Visitation for the late Nick MacDonald will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Covid protocols must be practiced at the visitation and service.
Donations in memory of Nick may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
To: Andrew and the entire MacDonald Family
Our most sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of Nick, he was a great guy and will certainly be missed. May God have mercy on his soul and welcome him into eternal life in heaven, with the others who have gone before him, RIP
From: Dan & Nancy Smith
To the Macdonald family on your loss my deepest sympathy to all nick was a great guy looked forward to meet him always had a story r.i.p nick
From: Farley Huntington
So sorry. Nick was a sweetheart. My mom Lillian Jennings, was in the Mira Bay community too, until she passed recently, at 101 yrs. The nurses all loved him. Every day, Nick would greet us at lunch time. A beautiful man. Sincere condolences, Lois
From: Lois Boutilier
Deb so sorry for your lost our prayers and love are with you and all the families
From: Alice n Gerard McNamara
To the MacDonald family sending depest condolances to you on the passing of your dad .I am an old neighbour who use to live in the trailer on the hill thinking of you all
From: Beth Hynes
Debbie and family: my sincere condolences on your fathers passing. Keep your memories close to your heart.
From: Mary Beth LeBlanc
sorry for your loss of your brother and to his sons and all family members nick was well liked we played darts with him
From: Fred and Mary Broussard
To Robert and the rest of the MacDonalds, our sincere condolences. Nick was a lovely and wonderful man who always treated me like family. He was always a source of laughter and stories. We will miss him dearly.
From: Sung and EJ
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We have so many wonderful memories of Nick , every one involving a story or a joke and that great laugh of his. He really was a bright light in this world and he will be missed. Love , Dale , Ainsley and Drew MacDonald
From: Dale MacDonald
Debbie, Carmel, Marlene, Andrew, Robert and Mary Helen condolences to all and your families. Loosing a father leaves a large empty space in your family. Rest In Peace Big Nick. Lynne and Lorne O’Neill
From: Lynne Lorne O’Neill
I always had a smile on my face watching one of the staff and Nick playing many games of crib while visiting my mom at Harbourstone. May your warm memories and loved ones help you through this difficult time, very sincerely,
From: Anne Marie Quirk
Condolences to the family. RIP Nick.
Sincerest condolences on the loss of your father
Nick was a charming, happy man who adored his family. He will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to Nick’s family. Nick was a kind man and a great neighbour to the gang on MacLeod’s Hill and to so many more
Mary & Roddie Keeping
Sincere Sympathies to the MacDonald Family on Nick’s passing. He had a heart of gold and was so ready with a funny joke, he is goin to be truly missed by all who knew him.
Sending our condolences to you, on the loss of Nick. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McDonald Families
Missing my good neighbour,Nick.He was a wonderful family man full of Life and Laughter.RIP
So sorry for your loss ,he was a great man,please find strength at this time in each other, god bless
Marlene & Family,
Sending my deepest sympathy at this time.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family. RIP.
Dear Debbie & Paul:
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Dad.
May all the very wonderful memories that you all have of him, help you all in the difficult days ahead.
Your all in our thoughts and prayers.
God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.
Love, prayers & hugs
Valerie Ann & Daniel
Andrew and family. Soo sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all. Lena & george ..
Condolences to his close family and friends from the Ottawa MacDonald’s
I am Incredibly sad to hear of the loss of Uncle Nick. I personally only got the pleasure of meeting him once or twice but his joy is passed on through stories and memories. He will be missed, and fondly remembered. Our prayers are with you.
Rest In Peace
We are very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing Marlene. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Debbie and Family
So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing . Thinking about you during this difficult time Our sincere condolences to you and your family .
Cathy and Bill Leach
So sorry for your loss. As you know Nick held a very special place in the hearts of those on Mira Bay. Farewell ol’ blue eyes. May he rest peacefully.
Andrew and Family;
Donna and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time on the loss of your father. I met Nick a few times as he was with you on landscaping jobs at our place. I am sure you will cherish the memories of your dad as time goes on.
Mary Helen and family
Sending my deepest sympathy on the death of your Dad.
My prayers are with you
Marlene and family- our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time.
My condolences to Andrew Shannon and all the family on the loss of your father and grandfather.
So sorry for your loss, thinking of you and the family sending prayers and lots of good memories of your Dad
We send our sincerest condolences to the entire family on Nick’s passing. The complexion of the Hill has certainly changed over the years, and more so with the passing of such lifelong resident as Nick. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Betty and Bill Smith
Hammonds Plains, NS
So sad to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
So, sorry for your loss…
Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Kim (Rudderham) and Arno Raymakers
Sending love and light.
To the entire MacDonald Family.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Nick. I grew up on MacLeod’s Hill as Nick did and, I have nothing but fond memories of him. He was more than five years older than me and he always treated me with kindness as did all of his siblings. He was as, I see he was, in later life, always ready with a joke or a story and had the wonderful ability to embrace all. I know you will all miss him and that after the pain of his passing subsides , you will be blessed with many fond memories of the great influence he had on all of you. May you find the strength in those memories to sustain you through entire lives
Edward (Ned) Seymour
My sincere condolences to Uncle Nick’s immediate and extended family on his passing. Such a warm and engaging man and always with that twinkle in his eyes. It saddens me deeply to see the passing of his generation of the MacDonald clan.
My sincere condolences to the entire MacDonald family. I remember being at the house in South Bar with Patsy Foley visiting. Florence made cinnamon rolls and she gave us one. I thought I had never tasted anything as good before. Nick arrived and gave us a ride home as we lived on East Broadway. We were very happy as the walk from South Bar to East Broadway seemed very long to us at that time.
May Nick rest in peace and may you be comforted by beautiful memories as time goes on.
Marie (Smith) Muise , Halifax