MacDonald, Gerard Alexander - age 62, of Crowes Mills, NS passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children by his side on May 28, 2020 after his well-fought battle with cancer. Raised in Fraser’s Grant, NS, he was a son of Florence Theresa MacDonald and the late Allan Joseph MacDonald.
Gerard enjoyed meeting people and had a special gift for conversation. Strangers easily became acquaintances and often turned into life-long friends. Gerard formed strong and lasting connections with many people, places and events over the course of his life.
Steadfast drive and work ethic were hallmarks of his character and he took great pride in his work accomplishments. Gerard worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing as an Agricultural Technician from 1981-2000 and later worked as a Research Technician for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He also enjoyed meeting many farmers during his years of working for the Atlantic Farm Mechanization Show in Moncton, NB. Gerard went on to work for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal as a Driving Examiner until his retirement in 2016. After retirement, he became a school bus driver for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board until 2019. Gerard also made many valuable contributions to the local community as a (retired) honorary member of the Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade.
Gerard kept busy with many mechanical and carpentry projects in his garage. He was always fixing or making something and would often try to build something from scratch, rather than buying it new. Snowmobiling was a favourite winter pastime and he enjoyed many long trips with family and friends. Gerard also had a keen interest in world affairs and watching the evening news was a daily ritual. He would often meet up with friends for a walk or cup of coffee to share his perspective on the issues of the day. Gerard dearly enjoyed care-free time spent at his Brule cottage with family and friends.
Gerard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Frances (ten Brinke); son, Allan of Lower Sackville; daughter, Ann Terese of Halifax; mother, Florence of Antigonish; sisters, Audrey of Antigonish, Janet (Wally Norman) of St. John’s, NL, Martha (Mark McKeough) of Fraser’s Grant, Alanna (Dale Ryter) of Lower Sackville; brothers, Regis of Antigonish, Andre of Fraser’s Grant (Darlene Pottie), Dennis (Lindsay Manuel) of Fredericton NB. He was predeceased by his father, Allan Joseph.
A very special thanks to our beautiful children, Allan and Ann Terese, for the tremendous support given during such an uncertain time. Our heartfelt appreciation is also extended to family, friends and the wonderful nurses, doctors and home care workers involved in Gerard’s care.
Visitations will be held on September 16th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS A Memorial Service will be held on September 17th at 11:00am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. Masks are encouraged. Webcasting will begin at 10:58am (AST) and is available along with online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com