Gerald MacDonald

Gerald Patrick MacDonald

Sunday, December 19th, 1926 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Gerald MacDonald Obituary

Gerald Patrick MacDonald passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday August 12th, 2020 at the age of 93 years young.

Beloved husband of Regina, loving father to Robert (Catharine MacDonald), Ellen (Vic Beacock), and Doug (Karen Gleeson). Cherished grandpa & papa to Sarah Hlady (Todd Hlady), Erin MacDonald, Amy MacDonald, Ian Beacock, Spencer Beacock (Kate Hale-Wilkes), and Emily Beacock and great-grandfather to Addison and Emmett Hlady. Predeceased by parents Patrick (1937) and Anne (1951), Sister Betty (1990) brother Alex (1944) and infant brother John (1918).

Gerry was born in Welland, Ontario on December 19th, 1926 to Patrick MacDonald and Anne McLaren. Gerry grew up in the family home on River Road and was a proud native of Welland. He attended Central School, the Welland High & Vocational School and the University of Buffalo. He was a proud and long-time employee of Atlas Steels in Welland - following the death of his brother Alex in 1944 in the Battle of Normandy, Gerry left school and began his career at Atlas in the drawing office and progressed through many of the company's departments as foreman and retiring in 1989 as Utilities Engineer.

Gerry met a smart, independent and lovely lady named Regina Kraus in 1951 at the Welland Tennis Club, who became the love of his life. They married in 1953 and shared 67 wonderful and happy years together, at both their little apartment on McAlpine Avenue in Welland and their house on Haist Street in Fonthill. Their first child Rob was born in 1955, followed by Ellen in 1958 and Doug in 1966.

Gerry had a great many interests and was a great fan of sports, especially his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. He liked nothing more than settling in on a cold Saturday winter night with a fire in the fireplace and watching the Leafs. Gerry had a very keen interest in history and a very special interest in the history of the Canadian troops in the Second World War.

He was a charter member of the Kirk-on-the-Hill Presbyterian Church in Fonthill and was instrumental in helping to start the new church in Fonthill in 1957; he served as its Clerk of Session for many years. Gerry served as councillor on the Village of Fonthill Council in the 1960's and ran for Reeve. He was a long-time member of the Fonthill Masonic Lodge.

Outside of his family and church, Gerry's greatest love was time spent at the cottage on Jo Lee Point at Lake of Bays, where he spent many days and weeks enjoying time with family and friends, and "puttering" around the place.

Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Scholar, Engineer, Politician, Youth Baseball Coach, Swimmer, Fisherman, Waterskier, Prize Rose Gardener, Proud Canadian, A Great Friend to so many throughout his life, and the best Dad ever was Gerry.

Cremation has taken place in keeping with Gerald's wishes. Visitation for family and friends will be at the Pelham Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill, Ontario on Monday August 17th, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. As per the Province of Ontario COVID regulations, visitation attendance is limited to 30% of building capacity. Attendance will be monitored to maintain capacity and social distancing will be practiced for the health and safety of guests and staff. A private interment will take place at the Fonthill cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to either the Juravinski Cancer Centre or the Kirk-on-the-Hill Presbyterian Church.

If a life is measured not by riches amassed but by kindness to others, then Gerry lived a full and rich life. He was compassionate, generous, and a man of great integrity.

I have a journey sir, shortly to go
My Master calls me, I must not say no
The weight of this sad time we must obey
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say
The oldest hath borne most. We that are young shall never see so much, nor live so long.

William Shakespeare, King Lear
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, August 17th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Pelham Funeral Home
    1292 Pelham St.
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  • Interment

    Private Family Interment


Donations are being accepted for: The Juravinski Foundation.


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John Chesniak

Posted at 01:27pm
My condolences to Regina and family. I had the privilege to work for Gerry for 35 years and to call him a friend. He was a good man and will be missed.

John Chesniak

Diane and Peter Vieveen

Posted at 09:18am
In memory of our next door neighbour and friend.
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Neil McDonnell

Posted at 11:37pm
What can you say about my best friend's dad. Gerry was a fine man, a great dad and made such an impact on those that he touched. I first met him 42 years ago when I was much younger and had far less white hair than I do now. I always wanted to call him "Sir" not because I feared him but because of the respect I had for him. I'm sure he's sipping on a fine malt in a better place with all of his friends and enjoying the great life he lived and the wonderful family he raised. We should all raise a glass and toast to Gerry.

Ron West

Posted at 07:48pm
I never knew a nicer boy or gentleman in the near 80 years I knew him. I grew up on Almond street and his family on the corner of River road. His mom had a confectionary for the neighborhood back in the early 40's. I recall yet the struggle to get Alex's 'modet T' up the 'San' hill returning from St Catharines. Gerry was a natural leader to we younger kids. He got pick up Base Ball games going and was a friend to all. He even bought us kids Christmas gifts (Me a book), I believe the year Alex died.
Gerry's passing ends an era for me.. Having worked with him too at Atlas it seems he was always somewhere around.
I will miss him as will all who knew him.

Wayne Campbell

Posted at 09:02am
Deepest condolences to the family of Gerry MacDonald. He was an interesting and gracious gentleman always eager to chat about what was happening in Pelham and about Atlas Steels. He knew may father Peter Campbell from the Atlas days.

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