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Born: Jan 03, 1925

Date of Passing: Jul 06, 2013

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LYLE TURNER MCDONALD, Pediatrician January 3, 1925 - July 6, 2013 Dr. McDonald died peacefully at Meadows of Dorchester in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was a kind and gentle man who always considered it a privilege to be a Physician. Dr. McDonald was the youngest of three children being born to Claredon and Elva McDonald in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Doris Good (late William Sr.) and his brother Gerald (Christine). He graduated from Central Collegiate in 1944 where he was President of the Students Council and Valedictorian in his final year. He was active in drama both at his school and with the Regina Little Theatre, commander of the Cadet Corp and editor of the school newspaper. Dr. McDonald received the Regina Rotary Club medal for "Citizenship, Scholarship and Leadership" in 1944. He enlisted in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm upon graduation where he trained as a pilot in England in 1944 to 1945. When he returned to Canada, he studied Medicine at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1951. Subsequently Dr. McDonald entered a post graduate program in Pediatrics in Winnipeg and Harvard University at the Massachusetts Children's Hospital where he served as an Assistant Chief Resident. Dr. McDonald practiced pediatrics in Winnipeg from 1956 to 1988 almost exclusively with the Children's Hospital. During this period, he served as co-chairman of the Building Committee and a term as president of the Medical Staff. He spent many hours teaching Medical Students, Interns and Residents the art and science of medicine. He was, for many years an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He and his wife Patricia moved to Fort Erie, Ontario in 1988 and later to Niagara Falls. During the next 10 years he was a consultant at a Provincial Program for Developmentally Challenged Children in St. Catharines, Ontario. Dr. McDonald is survived by his beloved wife of almost 30 years, Patricia, his cherished sons Brian in Uganda, Africa, Douglas of Toronto, and Peter in Winnipeg, as well as his loving grandchildren Jenna (Philip), Lauren and Matthew and his former spouse and mother of their sons, Margaret Morse. Many happy summers were spent at the Family Camp at Lake-of-the-Woods near Kenora, Ontario. It is with great pleasure that he became a welcome member of his wife Patricia's family upon their marriage in 1984. Happy times were spent with Robert Duncan (Norva), Michael Duncan (Sigrid) and Susan Dennehy (Michael) along with grandchildren Sam and Matthew Duncan and Brendan, Sarah and Hannah Dennehy, as well as mother-in-law Ethel Cox (late Charles) and sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Richard Howard of Niagara Falls. He enjoyed the company of many nieces and nephews and took great interest in their lives over the years. Dr. McDonald was loved and respected by both the parents and children whom he served during his career as a Pediatrician. He gave so much. Rest in Peace. The family wish to thank the staff at Meadows of Dorchester in Niagara Falls for their devoted care to Lyle over the past three and a half years. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Dr. McDonald will take place at a later date. For those who wish to make a contribution in Dr. Lyle McDonald's memory, a gift to The School of Medicine (Education) University of Manitoba, The Niagara Falls Humane Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to MORSE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5917 Main Street, Niagara Falls. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2013

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Lyle McDonald was wonderful dr and a caring human being. I was just going through some memories of my infant son that I lost in 1986, And I came across a letter that doctor McDonald had written to me and my husband. It was so heartfelt and sincere, I know I never did thank him, And I would like to send that thank you and love to him now, And tell him how wonderful he was to my 2 older children. The world needs more doctors like him. - Posted by: Cheryl Sawka (Parent to 2 of his patients ) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to family and friends whom were close to Dr MacDonald. He was my family doctor up until I was 8 or 9 years old. He definitely set the standard for kindness, compassion and drive in wanting to make sure you are completely taken care of. I had a dream about him last night and decided to check the internet to see how he was doing or what he had been up to. I am sorry to hear of his passing but feel very lucky to have been one of his patients. He was a very kind and respectful man and those who had him in their lives at any capacity were definitely blessed indeed. - Posted by: Les Taylor (Patient) on: Sep 11, 2018

  • Dr. McDonald treated my father and then me. He was a gentle man and talented doctor. If only more physicians had a disposition and bedside manner like him, the world would be a better place. My condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Daniel Adleman (patient) on: Apr 27, 2016

  • To the McDonald Family. Lyle was a part of our family, and in my life as long as I can remember. We had the greatest respect for Lyle, both as a person and as friend. I was just informed of Lyle's death, and a host of memories came back. Lyle was a person one could go to with a problem and he listened to. He was a truly nice man. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Know that your husband, father and grandfather made a difference in a lot of lives. Elinor and David Rothberg, Phoenix Arizona. - Posted by: Elinor Medovy Rothberg (daughter of Harry Medovy) on: Aug 30, 2013

  • Sincere condolences to all in the family. Dr. McDonald was the best and I vividly recall how lost I felt when he told me I was too old to be seeing a pediatrician. Hope you take some comfort in knowing that he always did a firm but not too gaggy tongue depresser, a precise boink to test reflexes, and calmed our parents when we ingested just enough toxins of many varieties that developed strong immune systems! Peace to all-he was a great man. - Posted by: David Asper (Patient) on: Jul 31, 2013

  • My husband Hart & I were privileged to have been Dr. McDonald's patients. I remember him as a warm, sensitive, kind and brilliant young Pediatrician, who actually made House Calls. Fast forward to Jan.3rd, 1969, when our Daughter was born. We requested "The Best, Dr. Lyle McDonald" for our Daughter. He walked into our Hospital Room after examining our baby and told us he felt like he had become a Grandfather, as for the first time, he had two former patients come back to him with their first-born!!! He was also so happy to tell us,, "Today is MY BIRTHDAY, what a wonderful Gift, we share the Same Birthday"!!! Dr.McDonald took care of our Daughter & our two sons!! He was always compassionate and guided us through many difficult times. May his memory be a blessing for his wife, children & grandchildren & Family! - Posted by: Sandra Shapiro (Former Patient & our Children's Pediatrician ) on: Jul 25, 2013

  • I too was very fortunate that my Mom chose Dr. McDonald to be our family pediatrician. He was always very warm, kind and funny and I actually used to like going to my Dr's appts! I always felt that he cared about me and our family and he set the bar (very high) not only for when I looked for an adult Dr, but especially for when I chose a pediatrician for my own 4 children! I feel blessed to have known him and send my sincerest sympathy to you, his family! If he made that much of an impact on his patient's lives I am sure he will be lovingly missed! - Posted by: Jennifer Borsboom (nee Plaitin) (patient) on: Jul 15, 2013

  • Deepest sympathy from our family. I was fortunate that my parents chose to have Dr. Harry Medovy and then Dr. Lyle McDonald as my pediatricians. After successfully guiding me through my childhood and adolescence, Dr. McDonald accepted the responsibility of looking after our 4 sons. We were eternally grateful. He was always kind and so considerate. No question asked was ever deemed trivial and he was never too busy to take a call. We were indeed very fortunate to have him in our lives and we were sad to have him leave Winnipeg while our youngest son was still a child. "May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields." ....Irish Blessing - Posted by: Kathleen Bell (Former Patient and then he looked after our 4 sons! ) on: Jul 11, 2013

  • My sincere condolences. Although I must have been under the age of 5, I will never forget being taken by my mother to see Dr. McDonald. Even at such a young age, I distinctly remember him being a caring, loving and funny man. G-d bless. - Posted by: Rami Posner (Patient) on: Jul 11, 2013

  • My oldest son contacted spinal meningitis in 1964 at the age of 2 & 1/2 months. If it wasn't for Dr. McDonald, he wouldn't be alive today. He was a genius of all time, no doubt. I will never forget what he did. So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful caring man - Posted by: Carole Tiefenbach (patient's mother) on: Jul 11, 2013

  • Dear Pat Although we have never met you have to be a special woman for Lyle to have chosen. He was a wonderful and kind. Doctor. A real " Mench" We are all very sorry for your loss. Keep those wonderful memories of him in your heart as we will too i could go on but Lois Middleton has already expressed what I also feel. God Bless Willa Adelman - Posted by: Willa Adelman (My friend and my children's doctor ) on: Jul 10, 2013

  • I am so sorry about your loss Pat. Please accept my deepest condolences Fondly Sharon Mintz - Posted by: Sharon Mintz (Afriend and classmate of Pat cox McDonald) on: Jul 10, 2013

  • Pat and family, Our sincere condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Pat and Harvey Guyda () on: Jul 10, 2013

  • I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. McDonald. He was, quite simply, just the best, as a physician and an employer both. A humble and gracious man, full of knowledge. I will be forever thankful to have had him caring for my children as they grew - he was the epitomy of everything a fine physician and paediatrician should be! RIP Dr. McDonald - you shall be missed. May God hold you forever in the palm of his hand . . . - Posted by: Lois Middleton (Stewart) (Former Employee and My Children Were His Patients) on: Jul 10, 2013

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