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James McDonald

September 15, 1925 ~ March 23, 2022 (age 96)

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Obituary for James Colin McDonald

Sydney Mines


It is with profound sadness and regret that we announce the passing of James Colin McDonald, peacefully at his home on Atlantic Street, with family by his side. Though his body deteriorated immensely since falling ill in the summer of 2021, he remained sharp with a feisty wit and appreciation for all those around him.

Born September 15, 1925 to Andrew and Georgina (Rateau) McDonald he is the last surviving member of his immediate family, predeceased by 11 siblings Johnny, Angus, Betsy, Theresa, Annie, Mary, Donald, Andrew, Doris, Eddy and Agnes. He was also predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years (Tully) Minnie Frances (Gouthro) McDonald in 2017 and a daughter Donna Marie in infancy.

He is survived by his children, Peter (Florence), Terry (Nicole), Timmy (Bernadine), Patricia, and James (Stephen), grand-children Sherry, Jimmy, Michael, Tara, Andrew, Jacqueline, Claire and Devyn and great grand-children Ashton, Eric, Natalya, Blake, Shay, Atya, Layla, Adella, Philippe and Emilie.

James enlisted in the army in 1944 and served overseas in England, France Belgium and Germany through to the end of the war and beyond. He was part of the Canadian Army Occupation Force (CAOF) that remained in Europe after Germany’s surrender. On returning home he worked as a labourer in the rail yard, drove the pop truck and did a short stint in the coal mine. He worked at CNR Railroad and later CN Marine for 40 plus years retiring at age 65. Da and Ma travelled extensively for many years, they were experienced train trekkers, each bearing a lifetime pass, traversing Canada from East coast to West. They loved music and never missed a Dance on Saturday Night. Da enjoyed hunting and fishing, a good western movie, bingo and cards (45s, crib and poker were his passion). He loved life and a good social outing and always welcomed family and friends for a visit. He was a lifelong member of the Holy Family Catholic Parish (previously St. Pius X Parish) and a devout catholic.

Sincerest gratitude goes out to an enormous support system of family and friends, Dr. Michel McKeough, the VON, Continuing Care, Home Instead, Palliative Care and the DVA for their compassionate service and attention that made it possible for our father to remain comfortable and secure at home throughout his final days. Special thanks to Timmy and Bernadine for residing with Da and providing constant care and an attentive presence and to Juanita, who became a trusted caregiver and friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to your favourite charity. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at




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