Graham MacDonald

Graham MacDonald

Monday, September 26th, 1927 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Graham MacDonald

Rev. William "Graham" MacDonald passed peacefully at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home, Fonthill, ON on Friday, November 20, 2020, in his 94th year. Predeceased by his wife Rev. Freda Mae MacDonald (Wade), Graham is survived by his children Dr. Anne of Vienna, Austria, Jim (Theresie Tungilik) of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Bill (Linda) of Fonthill, Ontario. He was the loving grandfather of Priscilla (Dave), Dustin (Rachael), Max (Melaine), Alannah, Caitlin and the great-grandfather of Jonathan, Kaylee, DJ, Abigail, Yzabell, Natalie, Hannah, and Gwendolyn. Loving brother of Margaret MacDonald, Dr. Mac (Judy) MacDonald, and predeceased by his brother-in-law Ken Wade.

From humble beginnings on a farm in the Lucknow area of Bruce County, Graham became an educator who rose to become a School Superintendent for the Lambton and Middlesex County School Boards. His advocacy for special needs students in rural areas led to the naming of the Adelaide W.G. MacDonald School in his honour. He spread his knowledge of education where ever he could, which led to Graham, together with Freda, spending their summer holidays in the 1970s working with educators in the British Virgin Islands. "Operation Grey Ox", which shipped used school textbooks to the BVI, was born out of the need Graham and Freda found in the BVI.

Working with First Nations advisors, educators and historical society members, he was a driving force behind the building of "Ska Nah Doht," a recreated First Nations village outside London. At the opening of Ska Nah Doht, in 1973, Graham was made an honorary member of the Oneida Wolf Clan, a privilege he was honoured to have bestowed on him.

Following "retirement", Graham and Freda attended Knox College in Toronto and were ordained as Presbyterian ministers in 1985. They spent 14 years in a very active and rewarding team ministry in Burks Falls, Sundridge and Magnetawan.

Graham became a prolific writer in his later years, authoring 12 priceless books on family histories and wonderful pieces of fiction, as well as co-authoring three books documenting life in rural Ontario. Graham will always be remembered for his sense of humour, ability to think creatively, his zest for life, and his deep sensitivity and kindness.
Cremation has taken place. A service to celebrate Graham's life will be held at a later date.
Interment in South Kinloss Cemetery, Lucknow, ON at a later date.

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Bill Stewart

Posted at 07:37am
I have fond memories of Graham when he was my inspector when I was a principal in Warwick Township in Lambton, County.
Later when he was first writing books, I was book sales coordinator for the Bruce County Historical Society and enjoyed corresponding with him. Several of his books were related to Bruce County history and were appreciated by our customers. We also sold several of his fiction books. He left a wonderful legacy.

Frances Tuer

Posted at 08:02pm
Sincere condolences on Graham's passing but it was certainly a life very well lived. Hope your memories of Graham and Freda will bring you comfort.
Rob and Frances Tuer


Posted at 10:51am
On behalf of the Adelaide W. G. MacDonald Public School school community, we send Graham's family our sincere condolences. It is evident that Graham dedicated his life to advocating for and educating students in need. We are proud of his many accomplishments and hope that you find comfort in your memories of him.
Joan Velema
Adelaide W. G. MacDonald P. S.

Carole Pink

Posted at 03:57pm
Dear family ,We were saddened to hear of Graham's passing. We knew Graham and Freda from when they were Pastors in Burk's Falls and Magnetawan and even though we are Lutheran, not Presbyterian, our 2 churches worked together for many years, doing VBS together in the summer. I live in St. Catharines now and did see them once after they moved to this area, but am originally from Magnetawan and we summer there each year so saw your parents every summer when they were still up there. They were a wonderful couple and we had great admiration and respect for them both. Our deep sympathy to you all . May the love and comfort of our Lord Jesus be with you to uphold you and may He surround you with His loving presence and give you His peace. With sympathy and prayers from Carole and Glenn Pink

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