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ALLAN EDWARD MCDONALD (published on December 22, 2009)

ALLAN EDWARD MCDONALD June 29, 1938 - December 19, 2009 Allan (Lanny) Edward McDonald, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother gently began his journey home with his loving family by his side on Saturday, December 19, 2009. Predeceased by his parents, Edward and Florence McDonald, he is survived by his beloved wife Anita. He also leaves his children, Gary (Jo) McDonald; Audrey (Bruce) Watterson; Kathy (Rick) Ball; Bob McDonald; and Karen McDonald. Anita's children, who he loved as his own, Kaarla (Ron) Jensen; Karen (Claudio) Stravato; Kristine (Tony) Colistro; and Jon Jarvela. Survived also by his grandchildren Jordan, Ally, Meghan, Ryne, Marco, Marcello, Andraya, Kennady and Justice. His sister Marguerite McDonald, brother John (Val) McDonald and family, and former wife Joan McDonald also survive. Raised on the family farm in Aubigny, Manitoba, Al has lived in Red Rock and Thunder Bay since 1958. He worked in both the Domtar Mill in Red Rock and Great Lakes Forest products in Thunder Bay until his retirement in 1998. Family was the most important thing in his life, and Al shared with his children his love of learning, music, sport and travel. He loved baseball, hockey, basketball, golf and soccer, not only playing, coaching and refereeing, but also cheering on his children and grandchildren at every opportunity. He was recently honoured as a life member of the Fort William Male Choir, following nearly 40 years of participation in the baritone section. Thanks to his membership in the choir he enjoyed opportunities to travel and sing in many locations in Europe and across Canada and the US, in addition to many holidays with Anita. He was a dedicated volunteer at the 55+ Centre, and with the Thunder Bay Chill, always willing to lend a hand. Some of the best years of his life were spent on the farm , the house on Government Road he built with Anita, and where he enjoyed gardening, landscaping the property, building (and testing!) tobogganing slides for his grandchildren and watching wildlife. Al and Anita loved to entertain family and friends at legendary carol sings, tree trimming and tobogganing parties and other celebrations over the years. Al was a man of compassion and courage, and possessed a quiet dignity and gentle strength that earned him the love of everyone fortunate enough to know him. A celebration of life will be held at the Italian Hall at 132 S. Algoma Street, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of St. Joseph's Hospice and Dr. Davis for the excellent care and their efforts to make Al comfortable in his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the TBRHSC Northern Cancer Fund, the 55+ Centre or the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of the Sargent Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.


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