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386 Mill Street S.
Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6
Phone: 905-987-3964
Fax: 905-987-3769
Douglas McDonald

Douglas McDonald

Saturday, March 16th, 1935 Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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On Thursday May 7th 2020, in his 85th year, Douglas Murray McDonald passed away suddenly at Oshawa General Hospital. Doug was born in Beaverton, Ontario on March 16th 1935. He married the love of his life, Stella McDonald (nee Kuzyk) in 1956. Doug and Stella enjoyed sixty-four wonderful years of marriage and together raised their five children; Dale (Michelle), Kelly (John), Lori (Ken), Todd (Bonnie), and Jayne (Gary). Doug was a dedicated family man, and a proud employee of Bell Canada. He spent many years residing in the Guildwood neighborhood of Scarborough while his family was young, and often reflected on his memories of this time in his life very fondly.

Doug was a loving grandfather to ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Tracy, Leanne, Ashleigh, Kurtis, Samantha, Lyndsy, Travis, Brooke, Shane, Scott, Bodie, Cameron, Ryder, and Zoey.
He was also a devoted uncle and great-uncle. He was a wonderful brother-in-law, friend to many, and brother to Bob (Lynne).
He is pre-deceased by his younger sister, Diane, and his mother, Dorothy.
Doug was always present and loved socializing with family and friends more than anything else. With his baseball cap on and some snacks to share, he’d happily travel anywhere—a birthday dinner, a grandchild’s soccer game, a trip out west, a BBQ, or a walk at a park—with a smile on his face and an eagerness to be surrounded by the people he loved. And, when family and friends visited Doug, he always welcomed them into his home with open arms, and made sure he waved to them from his balcony when they left. His distinctive laugh, friendly voice, infectious personality and the stories he shared will not soon be forgotten; the McDonald family has suffered a tremendous loss, but will strive to carry on Doug’s legacy, and carry his memory for generations to come. It was always evident from the smile on his face that Doug felt most fulfilled when he watched his family gather together; he was so proud, and would often express it. Along with his love for his children and grandchildren, Doug’s love for Stella was unmatched; they did everything together. Doug and Stella loved to travel; they enjoyed many winters in Florida, multiple cruises, tropical resorts, and a trip to Europe. When they weren’t travelling or visiting family, Doug and Stella could often be found together on the golf course, at the movie theatre, playing cards, and going out to restaurants.

Doug was loved by so many, and will be missed terribly. He was an incredibly gentle and generous man, with a great sense of humour. He was a role model, a beacon of light, and an exceptional person altogether.

Douglas Murray McDonald was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada.

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paul taylor

So sorry to hear of Doug's passing my thoughts and prayers go out to you Stella and your family.
Paul Taylor
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George Birnie

Stella, although I’ve had the honour of knowing you and Doug only the last few years playing shuffleboard, I grew fond of both of you perhaps more than you know. You have that affect on people. I am deeply saddened to hear of Dougs passing and your loss. You both made made me feel like a true friend for which I am grateful.

Love and hugs,
George Birnie
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Steve Hill

Dear Aunt Stella and cousins Dale, Kelly, Lori, Todd, and Jayne;
We were deeply saddened to learn of Uncle Doug's passing. Our sympathy's to all of you and to your families during this difficult time. I remember listening to Uncle Doug's stories of family and of he and Aunt Stella's many travels ... and they were all shared with such humour and love. Aunt Stella may have had to correct him on a few details of each story... but the humour and passion were always there. His love of family was always a part of every moment of his life.
Our love goes out to all of you during this sad time.
Steve and Julie Hill
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Dear Dad,
Your last words you spoke to me were, “Goodbye Sweetie, I love you.” That is what you said every time we ended a conversation. What can I say about the most loving father ever? I have so many good times that we share. Sitting at the dinner table after the table was cleared and just the two of us finishing off the red wine and just talking. You taking me to buy my first car even when I wanted to buy that huge Thunderbird not even questioning my choice. I loved listening to all your stories about when you were growing up, especially the one where you wanted to make the swimming hole deeper so you got some explosives and blew it up. You had a lot of those stories and you certainly were a character. All our family vacations that you took us on were so much fun. I remember getting stuck in a traffic jam on I95 in Cincinnati and you started giving out shots of Canadian Club from the motor home. You picking me up and walking me down the aisle at my wedding. You were there when Brooke and Scott were born waiting to see them as soon as you could. They know you were so proud of their accomplishments. I know you were worried about looking after mom and I don’t want you to worry, we will. Saying goodbye is very hard. I wish I had known that it was going to be the last time when we said goodbye but you said it the way you always did , “ goodbye sweetie, I love you”

Love Kelly
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