Whitney Pier, Sydney

We, the family of Edward ‘Eddie’ MacDougall, regret to announce his passing on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Taigh Solas, Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.

Eddie was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on March 25, 1929, to the late Roderick and Mary (Buchanan) MacDougall. His family returned to Cape Breton the following year and made Whitney Pier their home where Eddie proudly remained during his long and vibrant life.

Eddie worked at various departments at the Sydney Steel Plant over his 40 plus year career, with the majority of his time in the Motor Room, where he was a dedicated and reliable staff member.

Eddie married his sweetheart, Margaret ‘Margie’ in 1958 and the two became inseparable for over six decades. Margie predeceased him in August 2022. During their beautiful marriage, they raised four children, Gordon (Linda) MacDougall, Joyce (Lawrence) O’Brien, Brenda (Todd) Wambolt, and Kevin (Susan) MacDougall. They were blessed with eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, Eddie was predeceased by his twin brother, Edmund and younger brother, Fr. John.

Eddie was a big sports fan and active participant; he enjoyed swimming, long distance running, baseball and hockey. He was a fixture at many sporting events in ‘The Pier’ and coached minor hockey for several decades. Eddie always made time to stop and say hello and share a riddle or funny story to anyone along the way.

Eddie spent as much time as possible at Polar Bear Beach where he and his buddies chatted and discussed many topics, as well as planned each month’s dip in the ocean. He was one of the original New Year’s Day polar bear swimmers starting in the early 1970’s. His swimming and running competitions garnered him many trophies and awards but his true reason for his participation was the kinship of the fellow racers.

Eddie was a well-known fixture in ‘The Pier’ either running the roads or riding his motorcycle. He was gregarious in nature, so if you were within earshot he would get to know you.

It is time to say goodbye, and we all know Eddie will be greatly missed.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Edward MacDougall will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Saturday, April 20, 2024. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will take place in New Calvary Cemetery, Whitney Pier, where he will be laid to rest with his wife, parents, and brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eddie, may be made to Cape Breton Regional Patient Care Fund.

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

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