Officer (ret’d), Gentleman, Father and Committed Lifelong Volunteer.
It is with great sadness that the family of Graham MacDonald announce his passing at the age of 95. Graham’s loss will be deeply felt by his children, Donald W. MacDonald (Nancy) and Mary Beth Flewwelling (Mark), grandchildren, Craig, Ryan and Jamie and his brothers John MacDonald and Arthur MacDonald (Gerry). Graham will be reunited with his brother Donald MacDonald and his parents Helen and Arthur MacDonald. He will also be dearly missed by many other family members and friends.
In his younger years, Graham thought a military career might become his passion attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corp, on the 16th of June 1951. While a lifelong military career was not to Graham’s desire, he maintained loyal to the military and everything it stood for, receiving a Certificate of Honour from the Royal United Services Institute of New Brunswick in Recognition of Distinguished Service in the Canadian Forces, and for maintaining continued affiliation with and support, of the Military. Graham served as Secretary, Second Vice-President and President of the RUSINB.
Discovering sales was his forte, Graham joined Mutual Life of Canada where he remained for 25 plus years receiving a Life Membership award to the Life Underwriters Association of Canada. While enjoying this career, Graham served as President of the Life Underwriters Association of New Brunswick and as President of the Chartered Life Underwriters of Canada New Brunswick & PEI Chapter.
Graham’s community volunteerism was remarkable, he believed in giving. He served as President of the Fredericton Jaycees, President of the Lancaster Golden Service Club, Vice-President and President of the Saint John Chapter, Canadian Cancer Society, appointed as Pilot and Port Master by the Council of the City of Sant John during Loyalist Day Celebrations 1996-1997, Volunteer with the Canadian Blood Service, Volunteer Award for the ABC’s of Fraud Awareness Program, Volunteer Service Award, 5 and 10 year from the Saint John Volunteer Centre, Citation for his Valuable Contribution to the Success of Jeux Canada Games 1985, Appreciation Certificate from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for his support of the 2000 CACP Conference. Graham didn’t speak of his volunteerism; this is just what the family was able to pull out of him. There are more we are sure we have missed.
A proud man, a strong man, Graham lived self-sufficiently until his passing at 95 years of age.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John, NB (506-646-2424). In keeping with Graham’s wishes, he always has been quite persuasive, there will be no visitation or funeral. Remembrances to Bobby’s Hospice would be deeply appreciated as would any remembrance to any organization.
We thank the wonderful, caring and compassionate staff of Bobby’s Hospice for the wonderful care provided to our Dad. Although it was a short time, the care and assistance to not only Graham but to his family could not have been better.
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