Gordon ( Gordie) Harrington MacDonald

Died: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Jan. 18, 2021
Location: Aspy Bay United Church


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Gordon Harrington (Gordie) MacDonald
May 1972 - December 2020


Our hearts are so devastated with the sudden passing of our baby brother Gordon Harrington MacDonald at the age of 48 years at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on New Year’s Eve.
Gordie was diagnosed with Noonan’s Syndrome and had open-heart surgery shortly after birth. The experts at the IWK in Halifax didn’t think he would survive. They were mistaken. His loving and dedicated parents did everything to ensure that their little boy would return to Bay Road Valley and thrive. He did, and the rest is history. Thank you to all of our family and friends that prayed and supported him during his life. Each of you kept him lifted in ways we can never fully express, and you have our sincere appreciation and gratitude.
We could look to him for an example of perseverance and inner strength, as he continued to fight battles in health and limitations that would crush many of us. He showed us what it was to be strong, because strength is not just found in being the biggest, the toughest or the fastest. Strength is found in one who keeps on going, keeps trying, day after day, long after others give up. Strength is found in one who knows success is not always big and flashy, but knows that sometimes the greatest success is found in the tiniest of victories. In this way, Gordie was a hero. He asked for no pity, only equality. His family ensured he had it.
Gordie cherished family time. Whether it was on a much-anticipated road trip “Down North” to visit family and extended family and friends, or to Ontario to see his beloved Leafs and Blue Jays, he loved his family to the end. He was a talented artist, and loved to gift his works to others. Gordie sought to give his family his very best. The awful pain in our hearts proves it to be so.
He is lovingly survived by his sister, Darlene, his brothers Duncan (Ave), Bruce (Cathy), Charlie, Norman (Cindy), nieces Cassie, Joni, Shaylynn, Jenna, Drew, Allyson, Sydney, Kianna, and nephews Logan, Colton, Connor and Tanner. He will be ever loved by his great nephews Taylor, Dominic, Jayden, Noah and Marshall, and by his great-niece Tatum. Gordie leaves behind his fur-babies Sammy and Bubba; and loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Joan (nee MacLean) in 2015, father Gordon in 1977, and nephew Mason MacDonald just four short days before his own passing. He was predeceased by many aunts, uncles and cousins. His pet cats Bailey and Smokey passed whilst in his loving care. He truly loved every living thing on earth, hurting nothing and no one during his short time here.
We will miss his physical presence desperately, yet hold his spirit and memories of his smile and his laughter in our hearts forever. We will miss him deeply and will never forget the joy he brought to our lives.

Gordie was a blessing from above. We will both mourn the loss of his life and celebrate the life he led and the lessons he taught us. For the best gift he gave us, was his very life. Gordie was a gift. For all the ways he showed us about life and love, for all the ways he inspired us to be better, and for all the love he gave while he was here with us, he was a gift to each of us. May we never forget this beautiful gift. May we find a way in this world without him, as impossible as that seems today. And may we honour Gordie’s memory every time we look up to the sky, look past the clouds and see a rainbow.
A private celebration of life will be held on January 18 at 2PM at Aspy Bay United Church led by Rick Gunn. A public grave side committal to follow for those who wish to attend. Funeral arrangements are in the exceptional care of the J.M. Jobes Funeral Home. COVID-19 protocols are in place. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that any donation be made to your local SPCA. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com
Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

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Joe & Neldia Capstick
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathies to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rosanne Compton
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gordie's passing.a kind soul and always smiling.RIP soar among the Angel's
May you be reunited with your Mom and Dad and all your relatives whom have gone before you.Your fur babies are waiting too.My condolences to the MacDonald.and Maclean families.

SIS COURTNEY
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
So much pain but it will be over come with all the love shown to Gordie--my sincere condolences

Cassie
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Giving my family warm hugs. may everyday get less harder, gordie will forever be in our 💕 ♥️

Pamela Honybun
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Please accept our condolences for the loss of Gordie..whom we had the pleasure of meeting on numerous occasions.
A special person for sure...would always put a smile on your face.
To ALL the Mac Donald family...you have so many wonderful memories with Gordie, remember those they will keep you strong in this sad time. R.I.P.Gordie...❤ Love Pam and Don63

Sue (Usifer) Beck
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Hold your memories close.

willena macleod
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
my condolences. remember Gordie when he lived next door in Big Bras d'Or.he was such a nice little boy

Arlene Reid
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
My deepest condolences to all on the passing of Gordie. He was so blessed to have a family that loved him so much. RIP Gordie.

donna gouthro
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
So sorry for your loss prayers for the family

Carol Dixon
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Deepest condolences to all. RIP Little Gordie.

Rosetta LeFort
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
To all of Gordie's family, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and prayersMay He Rest in Peace..

Jane Ardelli and John LeJean
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
So sorry for the loss of Gordie. I remember him the year he lived with Linda and Johnny. He was a very sweet boy. Our condolences to the family.

Daren MacLean
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Sorry to hear of Gordie’s passing. I went to school with Gordie at Don Bosch school. He was a good friend and I will miss him. My condolences to Gordie’s family on their loss.

Wanda/Donnie LeBlanc
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the families and friends,rip Gordie.🙏♥️

Rodney Marinelli
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gordie’s passing. Deepest condolences to the family, thoughts and prayers. RIP Gordie.

GORETTI MACDONALD
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
CONDOLENCES TO GORDIE'S SISTER DARLENE AND ALL HIS BIG BROTHERS. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND MEMORIES OF HIS LIFE KEEP HIS SPRIT ALIVE AMONG THOSE WHO LOVED HIM DEARLY.

Sharon McCaskey
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Soar high Gordie. Taken far too early. Condolences to all the family and friends during this difficult time.

Elizabeth L. Douglas
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Knowing the love Gordie is, his footprints on this earth are magnificent anyone that met Gordie was blessed. His love lives on in all of us and that will support us all to move through each day knowing he is right beside us from his Divine place in heaven. Holding you all in my heart while you move through these coming days.

Normie & Leona MacIntyre
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Gordie.

Wendell Tingley
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
Bruce and family, please accept my deepest condolences on your recent loss. He may be gone from.this physical world but a bright shining star now lights up the heavenly sky. May your hearts be comforted by knowing that because he lived but for a short time his bright light will endure forvever in yout hearts.

Gregg Capstick
   Posted Tue January 12, 2021
My sincere sympathy to all the MacDonald family. Well written obituary. Shows the love Gordie gave and received as well. RIP young man. Keep rooting for our Leafs.12

Ricky Gwinn
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
Maybe someday not too far off we will get to slide down that hill in the valley again. Until then RIP old friend.

Diane Davis
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
I am so deeply saddened to hear of Gordie's passing. I had the privilege of being his teacher and know what a special young man he was. I was always pleased to see him when he came for a visit with Stephen and the boys! He would always proudly mention by name his sister and four brothers .My sincerest condolences to his family who he loved dearly.May your wonderful memories of your dear brother give you comfort and strength at this difficult time.

Ruth MacLaren
   Posted Wed January 13, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the MacDonald family.A link is certainly missing from the family chain....Rest in peace Gordie.

Rob Stockley
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Duncan and family ,
Sorry to here of Gordie's passing. I saw his love of animals first hand a long time ago when I was visiting the farm and he was nice enough to pic a kitten for me to take home. It was much appreciated as he was only young then. Truly a kind soul.
To you and all the family my condolences .

Rob Stockley

Sid and Joan MacNeil
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
We are very sorry to hear of Gordie's passing . He lived his life surrounded by much love and caring from his entire devoted family. We know how heartbroken you all must be .Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you all.

Tara
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
To our cousins
Darlene,Duncan,Bruce,Charlie,Norman. We are greatly saddened for your loss of Gordie he was a kind and gentle soul who was greatly loved by many We will always remember his smiling face and the love he showed to all . May he Rest In Peace
All our love
Tara,Debbie & Sherry

Kerry Fitzgerald
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
To the MacDonald family of Bay Road Valley
I cant imagine the sadness and pain you feel these days as you deal with the loss of so many loved ones in your life. While I didnt know Gordie personally I remember his birth as it was well known in the family and community that his prognosis wasnt the best but he was a fighter from the beginning and your mom was the same. After reading this beautifully written obituary ( one of the best Ive ever read ) I feel I know exactly who Gordie was and how he lived his life. And how special he was to you all. The sudden loss of such an extraordinary constant in your lives is very difficult. The love and support you showed him from day one and the lessons of life he taught you guys is an inspiration to us all . During these difficult days his memory and legacy will hopefully ease some of the sense of loss you feel. As a relative and friend of the family please accept my sincere sympathy.

Mary Anne Niddery
   Posted Tue January 26, 2021
Dear Darlene, Duncan,Bruce, Charlie, Norman and families, I was very sad to learn of the passing of your brother Gordon. I send my deepest sympathy to all of you.
My Mother, Dolly MacAskill , was your father Gordon's cousin. I first met you when you lived at the farm. I was glad to meet Geordie, Bruce and Norman in 2018 at the Cape North Museum.
I send caring thoughts to you and your families.
Sincerely, Mary Anne Niddery

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