It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Donald Albert Madore, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, at his home on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
Born in Whitney Pier, Sydney, Donald was the youngest child of the late Peter and Angela (Bruno) Medora. Upon graduation from Sydney Academy in 1953 he set out for a career in business. He married his sweetheart, Jean in 1956 and established their home in Whitney Pier and later Boulderwood.
Left to mourn are his wife of over 65 years, Jean; sons, Paul (Yvonne Howell), Halifax and Dean (Debbie McDonald); grandchildren, Christopher (Amanda), Calgary, Nicholas, Halifax, and Sarah, whom he will forever cherish in his heart; sister, Gloria Davis (Roy) and brother, Eddie (Lallie).
Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by siblings, Freddy (Sadie), Dr. Patrick, Dr. Mike (Pauline), Josephine, and Theresa ‘Dolly’ (Tommy MacKinnon).
Always the businessman, and never a fan of blue jeans, Don could always be found in a dress shirt and pants. His career as a businessman included his work as a sales representative with companies including Benson and Hedges, and Benjamin Moore, and Gillette, and he operated his own hardware store at one time. He also extended his business skills to his local community with involvement in the CBRM Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for Employment Insurance, Board of Trade and the United Commercial Travelers just to name a few.
As a proud father, Don celebrated both his son’s achievements and together they enjoyed ball or street hockey in the yard, watching sports, and Monty Python episodes on TV. His personal highlight was his attendance at a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Later, the grand part of being a grandparent found Don enjoying his grandchildren with eagerness.
Don was always fond of fancy cars, enjoying each of the many personal and company vehicles he drove. He pledged his loyalty to the Montreal Canadiens, a passion he passed on to both his sons. He kept his mind keen with brain teaser puzzles and his heart full of the romantic music of the Italian artists of the 1950’s and 60’s. His intense dislike of anything mechanical led to many frustrating, but comical moments. He enjoyed a vivid sense of colour, as reflected in their homes exterior over the years which was transferred into colourful language while completing projects around the home.
Don will be most notably remembered for his hard work and dedication to the Ukrainian Church Community. Both him and Jean gave countless hours of dedication to the Church, including the Men’s club and support for fundraising activities. He was always ready with a smile, a handshake and enjoyed a good chat. Donnie enjoyed working with people, sharing a story. He loved a good conversation with a drink of Rye Whiskey and always held true to his word.
As an ardent supporter of medical science, Don’s remains have been donated to the Human Body Donation Program-Department of Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University.
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Donald Madore will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Roman Dusanowskyj officiating.
Covid protocols will be practiced at the service and for those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
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In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Donald my be made to the Ukrainian Parish, 49 West Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Nourish Nova Scotia – Nourishns.ca, or charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Dean and family…our deepest sympathies to you all for the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From: Sydney Family Dental Centre
Jean, Paul and Dean
Sorry to read of Donnie’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From: Stanley and Estelle Reppa
Jean, Paul and Dean and families
So very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Memories will keep him alive in your hearts.
From: Helen MacLeod
Our deepest condolences are extended to Jean and family on the passing of Donnie. He always took the time to greet and talk to me at times I was home and attended activities at the Ukrainian Hall. He certainly will be missed. Our prayers are with you at this sorrowful time.
From: Joh & Sandra Hawrylak
Dear Jean and family.
I was so saddened to read of Donnie’s passing. Keeping you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs
From: Judy Sampson
My condolences to Don’s family on his passing. I volunteered with Don at the Board of Trade. Don was a gentleman and his dedication was second to none. God bless!
From: Paul Carrigan
Our most sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad occasion. Wishing you comfort and love in the days ahead and hoping your memories will bring smiles again
From: Leo & Darlene Baggio
Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Blair and Josie Locke
So sorry for the loss a very nice man to Jean and Family He will be missed . There was never a time when I would see him and Jean where he always had a nice thing to say
And there hospitality at Xmas and New Years was so kind and loved to listen to his stories xoxo RIP Donnie
So extremely Sorry for your loss
So very sorry for your loss. May all your fond memories help you through this difficult time .
Dean Debbie and family Very sorry for your loss.
Jean. I was so sorry to learn of Donnie’s passing. He always had such a nice smile and hello whenever I saw him. I’m sure he will be missed by all those whose lives he crossed. My condolences to you and your family.
Dean and Debbie, Warna and I want to send our deepest condolences to you, Debbie, and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
I would like to send my condolences to the entire Madore Family at this time. They lived close to Jamieson School and I was in Air Cadets with Paul. RIP Sir.
Jean, Dean & Family,
Very sorry for your loss. When we moved to Ferndell Cresent Don was the first neighbor to come to our door and welcome us to the community. Our condolences.
Jean and Madore Family: So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. A great guy, both personally and in business,and proud supporter Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church in the Pier. My condolences to all.
Jean and family, so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. I remember Donnie when he was on the Board of Referees at work and the other volunteering he did that you often spoke of like meals on wheels and the reading program. You were such a great couple. Working with you, I got to know things like the Italian meats and cheeses he liked and the food you would cook for him. Remember all the great times you two shared over the years and it will bring a smile and sometimes a tear. Sending you hugs and prayers. Martina xo
Paul, Yvonne, and family,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Ganus, Paul, Dean & Family,
So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dean, Debbie, Sarah, and Madore family,
Sending condolences to your family at this difficult time. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Yvonne, Paul and Madore Family
Words cannot take away your sorrow or your sadness but please
remember that we are thinking of you and send our sincere
condolences and prayers.
Ray and Helen Buckland
Dean and Family,
Condolences on Don’s passing. Don and I served for a number of years with the Cape Breton Industrial Board Of Trade, later to be known as the Chamber Of Commerce. Don was never too shy to ask questions or make comments. One of his favorite sayings was ‘ for my edification’. It was a pleasure and honor to work with him.
Don and family are in my thoughts.
Dean and Debbie,
So sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Jean and family: So sorry to learn of Donnie’s passing. God bless and keep you during this difficult time.
Jean, I’m so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. You both were such great friends and neighbours to my parents, Jamie and Ann. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.