Alex McDonald  July 21, 2018

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and friend Alex McDonald at his home (Pinecrest District Home for the Aged). Dad has now joined Mom and his son Dale. On July 21, 2018 Pinecrest was having a run for Alzheimer’s. The parking lot was full of bikes and there were pipers playing bagpipes. As the pipers played their last song Amazing Grace, Dad took his final breathe. When the bikes engines started it was then I knew my brother Dale had Dad on the back of his bike to start his journey safely home.  What a perfect and fitting ending for a one of a kind man!

Dad was born on April 13, 1928. He was 90 years young. He was a kind, caring, loving and giving man. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, without question or expectation of anything in return. Dad was an outspoken man, so you always knew where you stood with him, there was never any second guessing, and those of us who knew and loved him appreciated that quality in him. His love for his family was unconditional.  His greatest joy was spending time with each and every one of us making memories. Dad is predeceased by his parents John and Myrtle, his wife Joan, his son Dale, his brothers Charlie, Don and Roy, his sisters Betty, Myrtle, Beryl, and Ethel, his in-laws Oscar and Helen Stephens and his brother in-law Carl Stephens. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter and son in-law Shelly and Richard McBride, his grandchildren Jay, Trevor, Jasmine and Cameron, his great grandchildren Calem and Destiny, his brother Glen, his daughter in-law Nadia, his sister in-law Frances Stephens, numerous nieces and nephews and his fur babies Lula, Serenity and Bailey, also left to cherish his memory are four very special people he was proud to call his family and they are Randy Smith, Walter Kozie, Michele Chassie and Jasmine Potts. Dad was an avid outdoors man enjoying all nature had to offer. After his retirement from the paper mill you would find him out camping with his fur babies for months on end. He immensely enjoyed fishing and hunting in the spring, summer and early fall. From later fall throughout the winter months his other passion came into play, and that was his love for the game of darts. He spent many years playing and enjoying the game. He taught countless people how to play and continued to teach and share his knowledge and wisdom of the game to anyone that wanted to learn and listen. We heard many fishing, hunting and dart stories over the years and none never became tiring. He was a Keewatin Legion member for many, many years and was quite proud to support the Legion over the years in any way he could. He enjoyed many years of his retirement flying to Victoria every summer to spend time with his brother Glen, fishing the ocean, whale watching and sight-seeing. He also enjoyed spending time in Prince Rupert fishing with his brother Don and nephew John. He even spent time in Fort McMurray and had an experience of a lifetime driving through the flames of the Fort McMurray Wildfire “The Beast.” When he wasn’t travelling you would find him with fishing rod in hand, on the Winnipeg River or Pelican Pouch just enjoying life. He did it all. The family would like to express our sincerest thanks to all the staff at Pinecrest for giving Dad the loving care and respect he deserved.  A special heartfelt thank you to Dannielle Planes (Sister of Richard) for going above and beyond her duties to bring such joy to Dad’s final days. At Dad’s request there will be no service. The family will hold A Celebration of Life Come and Go at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please do a random act of kindness for someone less fortunate. We will love you and miss you always and forever Dad!              

 

                                                               

 

    MISS ME, BUT LET ME GO

 

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filled room

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long

And not with your head bowed low,

Remember the love that we once shared

Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take

And each must go alone,

It’s all part of the Master’s Plan

A step on the road to Home.

So when you are lonely and sick at heart

Go to the friends we know,

And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds

Miss me, but let me go.