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Gordon Wallace "Wally" MacDonald

1944-2020

Gordon Wallace "Wally" MacDonald

Invite - Virtual Memorial Service - Wally MacDonald At Bottom of Obituary

 

MacDonald - Gordon Wallace "Wally" MacDonald passed away suddenly on July 1st, 2020 in Summerside, PEI.  Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on November 23rd, 1944, Wally was born to Alexander Joseph and Kathleen (Hillier) MacDonald. He was the second child of four, famous for devouring his mother’s apple pies.  He is pre-deceased by his brother Alasdair (Jean) MacDonald of Halifax, NS, and survived by his sister Sandra (Greg) Langille of Rothesay, NB, and brother Allan (Vera) MacDonald of Bedford, Nova Scotia. Wally’s siblings and their partners were among his closest friends and confidants. 

Wally grew up on Air Force bases across Canada; his mother Kay was a nurse and his father AJ was a flight engineer and social worker. Wally was an exceptionally bright and adventurous child. By the time he was ten, he had proven to his parents that he had nine lives. 

Wally grew into a handsome young man and a gifted athlete. He attended St. Francis Xavier University for a year before he injured his knee playing varsity football. He graduated from University of Prince Edward Island (then Saint Dunstan’s) with a degree in Psychology, but it was at Saint Dunstan’s where he mastered the game of bridge and met the beautiful Helen (Callaghan) MacDonald from Miminegash, PEI. They married and completed their teaching degrees in Maine. They decided to make the Island their home. Wally and Helen were married for over 25 years and remained close friends even after their separation. 

Wally was the proud father of Alexis (Hayaan Osman) MacDonald of Toronto and Matthew (Michelle Uy) MacDonald of Toronto. Wally would do anything for his children – they were the light of his life. Dad was the zenith of unconditional love and generosity. He would call his "little girl" Alexis almost daily, and taught his son Matty to play and have fun in life. Amongst his kids’ friends, Wally was known for being the best dancer and telling the saltiest jokes. Wally also adored his six-year-old granddaughter Obi Uy MacDonald, whose photo was his constant screensaver. 

For over 30 years, with his quick mind and care-free spirit, Wally both entertained and educated (in that order) students at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School. As a Calculus teacher, he was known for being tough, but fair; he would always help out the kids who struggled. 

Wally was a "picker", perusing the Island’s flea markets and the Maritimes for antiques. Amongst the Island’s community of antique dealers and auctioneers, Wally was known for his good eye, cheerfulness, and integrity. 

Wally just loved life. With his friends, he was happiest out on the golf course, drinking Scotch, and watching sports. He loved spending six months of the year in Dunedin, Florida at Lake Highlander. Wally’s friends were frequently treated to his haute cuisine - curried mussels were his specialty. They knew to buckle up in Wally’s caddy. Wally was forever positive ("It’s all good!") and one couldn’t help but feel good around him. 

Wally proved time and time again that he had more than nine lives. We are all still in shock that he is gone. He rarely complained – he went through chemo and radiation in his normal good cheer. He would faithfully go to dialysis at Prince County Hospital three times a week. He deeply appreciated the special care he received from the nurses. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wally’s honour to establish a bursary for a nursing student to attend St. Francis Xavier University, where his two kids also attended. You can donate here: www.stfx.ca/alumni/ways-to-give (In the designation section called ‘Other’, please write: "For a Nursing Student" and in the ‘Memory’ section, please write: "Wally MacDonald.") 

We will have a Celebration of Life later in the summer and do it in fine Wally-style. 

Wally had a famous greeting: "Is that you? You’re looking good!" That was him saying, "I love you!" We love you too, Wally, and miss you so, so much.

Completion of funeral arrangements entrusted to Moase Funeral Home, Summerside. 

 

Invite - Virtual Memorial Service - Wally MacDonald

 
 
 
You are invited to attend a virtual memorial service for our Dad, Wally MacDonald, on Sunday morning, August 9th at 10:30-11:30 am Atlantic time. This is an opportunity to hear our favourite memories about Wally - there are sure to be as many laughs as tears.
 
Given the restrictions of COVID-19, we are hosting a small private gathering in Summerside, PEI, which we will live stream. 
 
On the day of the service, you are welcome to join us by clicking on this Zoom link: 
 
Zoom is very user-friendly. We have included some tips below on how to use Zoom, for anyone less familiar with this app.  
 
Of course, no pressure to join. We will attempt to record the service, so if you are unavailable to watch it live on Sunday morning, we hope to be able to share it post-event. We are attempting all these virtual technologies for the first time so we appreciate your patience with all the details. 

We look forward to grieving and celebrating with you. 

With love,

Matthew & Alexis
 

How-to-use ZOOM

1. Click on the link (link will only be active during the service, starting Aug 9th) 
 
 
Meeting ID: 501 491 9239
 
2. You may be asked to launch or install the Zoom application if you have not used it before. We recommend installing it in advance on your laptop (or your tablet/phone). If you have any issues in the days leading up to the memorial, please reach out to us. 
 
You can install it by clicking here: https://zoom.us/download 
 
3. Prior to the memorial, we recommend logging in 10-15 minutes early (10:15 am ADT) to ensure that it is working properly for you.
 
4. Once launched, you may be asked to type in the meeting ID (501 491 9239).
 
5. You will automatically join the memorial service when it begins. 
 
6. Once you join, you will want to ensure that your microphone is muted (see photo of navigation bar attached). You can decide whether you want to keep your video on or off – just remember that people can see you and your background if you leave your camera on
 
7. During the memorial service, you are welcome to use the "Chat" box to leave a comment to be shared with the family. Simply press the "Chat" button. Note that everyone will be able to see your message. 
 
8. At the end of the service you can exit by pressing "Leave" or by closing the browser screen.

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Service Date
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Service Time
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Service Location
Invite - Virtual Memorial Service - Wally MacDonald

Visitation
No Visiting Hours By Request

Requested Charity
www.stfx.ca/alumni/ways-to-give “For a Nursing Student”