The family of Allister MacDonald regret to announce his passing on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born in Louisbourg, Cape Breton in 1947 to John “Jake” and Joanna (Kehoe) MacDonald. He was one of 10 children.

From an early age, Allister was drawn to the sea and he traveled all over the world. His knowledge and history of all things nautical could not compare to anything written in any book. He was a masterful storyteller and could captivate you with his travels and experiences he had encountered in the places he had been. He spent many years as the shipkeeper of the Acadia at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic before he returned home to his beloved Louisbourg.

His love for his flags and all animals was unmeasurable and the flagpole in town was adorned with flags representing every vessel that entered the Harbour.

He was brilliant, he was kind, he was loved and he will be missed by his sisters, Kathleen (Pius), Betty; brother, Michael (Marilyn); his sisters-in-law, Alma, Julie; many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Jimmy Norman, John Samuel; sisters, Isabel, Jackie, Mora, and Charlotte. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Louisbourg Legion Branch 62, Louisbourg.

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

“Get ready boys, he’s on his way”

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