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Born: Nov 09, 1925

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2014

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JACK LLEWELLYN MACDONALD, FCA Surrounded by his family, Jack passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Left to mourn his passing are his four children and their families: Barbara (John Langstaff, Martyn and Rhys), Terry (Tracey Kernahan, Alex and Georgia), Bruce (Wendy MacDonald, Cassidy, Dylan and Kristin), and Janice Park (Ian Park, Emily and Owen). Jack was predeceased by the love of his life, Doreen "Dode", in May, 2013, and his two brothers, Cameron and Wayne. Jack was born on a farm near Russell, MB on November 9, 1925, the eldest of three boys. The early years were difficult for the family; Jack's mother became very ill and died when he was 14. The family moved to Neepawa for a year and then to Winnipeg settling in St. Vital. Jack completed Grade 11 at Glenlawn Collegiate and the day after convocation started his accounting profession training with Riddell, Stead, Graham and Hutchinson. Accounting was a good fit for Jack - he had an aptitude for numbers - however with national pressure mounting for military recruitment, Jack decided to join the navy and was moved to Cornwallis, NS. After the war he resumed his accounting career and earned his certificate in 1948 as a qualified Chartered Accountant. In the summer of 1946 Jack took a cruise up Lake Winnipeg to Norway House aboard the SS Keenora. It was on this trip that he met a gorgeous young woman named Doreen Edwards. They hit it off; but Jack being the pragmatic type, first completed his C.A. and secured a job before he popped the question. Jack and Doreen got married in April, 1951. Children started arriving shortly thereafter - Barbara, Terry, Bruce and then, Janice. Life was very busy. Jack's professional career path took him in numerous directions: from Riddell Stead he moved to Robinson, Little and Company and then to Gambles Canada Ltd. where he held the position of VP - Finance for 10 years. In the mid 1970s he joined MDC (Manitoba Development Corp.). MacDonald Shoe Store, a business started by Jack's Uncle Ainslie, was purchased by Jack and his brother, Wayne, in the 1970s, and then solely by Jack. Jack continued to own the store until the early 1990s when it was wound up. Jack believed it was important to give back to his profession - he was elected to the Institute Council and served as member or chair of several committees. He was also involved in the Institute education program for many years conducting weekly classes for fourth year C.A. students. In 1993, Jack was honoured by being elected a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants (FCA). He was extremely proud of this honour. Career was very important to Jack but so were sports. Jack was passionate about badminton - and his involvement covered more than a half century. He loved playing but after being sidelined by a serious knee injury he became involved with administration and development programs on the provincial scene. He served as president of the Manitoba Badminton Association for years and was president of the Canadian Badminton Association for three terms in three different decades. This provided Jack and Doreen with many travel opportunities both nationally and abroad. In addition, Jack managed to stay in the action by being a national level umpire for over 25 years. In 1992 Jack received the International Badminton Federation Meritorious Service Award. Jack served four terms on the Board of the Manitoba Sports Federation (now Sport Manitoba) and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Badminton Hall of Fame in 2009. Jack was a longtime member of the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg and embraced Scottish culture. He served as President in 1987 - 1988 and was elected an honorary life member. He loved the bagpipes and for many years Jack and Doreen were involved in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. It was through this connection that Jack became the Mayor of the Great Britain Mug Pub Pavilion at Folklorama in 1983. Jack was thrilled that son Bruce played the pipes and daughter Janice competed in Highland dancing - the Scottish traditions carrying on to the next generation. Jack also enjoyed the outdoors and took his family on many camping trips across Canada, as well as spending time at Lake of the Woods every August. When he and Doreen were able to buy a cottage of their own it became a focal point for many happy gatherings of family and friends. He loved swimming and waterskiing and boating. Jack and Doreen managed numerous trips overseas: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Europe, Great Britain and South America were some of the highlights. Jack was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. All his children graduated from university and both sons became Chartered Accountants. He knew the importance of sport and encouraged his children to participate in sports - and was especially proud to watch them compete in badminton and tennis. Jack was a longtime member of Harrow United Church and active in the church community. He taught the value of charity to his family and to care for those less fortunate. He also realized that friends and family were the most important assets a person could have and cared deeply for them all. A funeral service will be held at Harrow United Church, corner of Mulvey and Harrow, on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, please consider a donation to the Friends of Badminton Manitoba through the Winnipeg Foundation; to Winnipeg Harvest, or a charity of one's choice. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 27, 2014

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • My condolences to Jack's family. I think my mum, Elsie Jensen, and Jack were classmates/ friends in the early-mid 1940s and I have two photos of him - 1) A secondary school class photo; and 2) A photo of Jack, Keith Parker, Jean Balak and my mum Elsie Jensen relaxing at The Cave Supper Club (16 May, 1945?). If anyone would like a copy, please feel free to email me at: - Posted by: Paul Adams/Jensen/Morrow (Friend) on: Jul 03, 2023

  • I only talked to Mr. MacDonald once. My grandfather, Leonard Mulhall, worked for the shoe store for many years up to his death in 1970. - Posted by: grant wichenko () on: Feb 29, 2016

  • Thinking of all the MacDonald family at this time. We were sad to hear of Mr. MacDonald's passing as recently passed along to us by our Dad, Rob McAllister in early December. All of us have our own vibrant memories of Mr. MacDonald! Our condolences to the family on behalf of the McAllister family. [Rob McAllister, Lynda, Bill, Wendy] - Posted by: Wendy Harris [McAllister] (Family Friends across the back lane, Elm/Montrose Street.) on: Dec 16, 2014

  • My sincere apologies on the tardiness of this message but we only just learned of Jack's passing this week. In addition to being an Honoured Member of the Hall of Fame for his lifelong volunteerism in sport in general and badminton in particular, Jack also served as Treasurer of the Hall of Fame for several years and was a mentor of sorts to me with his practical wisdom and common sense. I truly regret that I did not get a chance to pay my respects in person at his service in October and our sincere condolences to Jack's family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Dec 11, 2014

  • Jack was a cousin of my Mom's (Betty Keast) and my Aunt's (Phyllis Mudry). I remember listening to the stories the two of them would tell of when the three of them were youngsters and the mischief they would get into and the fun they would have. After my Dad passed, Mom and I would spend Christmas with Uncle Nes and Aunt Phyllis. It seemed every time we went to the Safeway in Grant Park, we would run into Jack. The very last Christmas we were in Winnipeg and heading to Safeway, my Mom wondered out loud if we would see Jack. Sure enough, we did. My deepest condolences to all Jack's family. He was a wonderful man. - Posted by: Mary Keast () on: Oct 14, 2014

  • Jack is one of my mother's cousins that truly made an impact on my life. Every Christmas when I was a child Jack would show up on Christmas Eve with goodies and gifts for me and brothers and sisters. It was a highlight of our Christmas celebrations to see Jack. He was always smiling and every time I saw him he would have a big hug for us all. He was one of my mother's favourites. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Myrna Baker (daughter of Hazel Woods Barker) Kelowna - Posted by: Myrna Baker (Jack was my mother's cousin.) on: Sep 30, 2014

  • I had the privilege of representing the Great Britain Mug Pub Pavilion at Folklorama as Queen with Jack as Mayor back in 1983. We had a wonderful time together visiting other pavilions and meeting many people. He was always a gracious host and gentleman. I have bumped into him on occasion since then and we've always had a wonderful visit. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Maggie Zoske (Bradley) () on: Sep 30, 2014

  • Jack was one of Mom's favourite cousins. He and Doreen travelled to Sioux Narrows many times by boat from Kenora area. Mom always cooked fresh walleye for dinner followed by many laughs and memories. Jack always remembered me and had a big smile always. I did visit with him at Uncle Arthur's funeral. At this time I wish to offer our condolences. - Posted by: Jerry and Pat Fugate (My mother Elsie Harrison was a cousin to Jack) on: Sep 29, 2014

  • My condolences to the whole family during this trying time. I will always remember Jack as being a true Gentleman and have fond memories of my years at the store. - Posted by: Paulette Lavallee (Previous employee Macdonald Shoe Store) on: Sep 28, 2014

  • Some 35/40 years ago our family were members at Harrow United where we were welcomed warmly by Jack and Doreen. Jack was warm, kind, wonderful and always genuinely interested in what our family was doing. Several months ago we were back at Harrow for a function and there was Jack. We'd not seen each other in years, but his face lit up and he greeted us all by name and again wanted to know what we'd all been up to the last 25 years. While the obituary makes reference to accounting being a good fit for Jack as he "had an aptitude for numbers." I'm sure he did, but I can attest that for me, the essence of Jack was his aptitude for people: kind, gracious, generous, warm. My life, and the lives of thousands of others, is richer for having known him. - Posted by: Sheldon Bowles (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2014

  • Uncle Jack and Aunt Dode were great people. Even though I never got to meet them in person, talking on the phone and their yearly family updates at Christmas always brought us closer. Our son, Jason, got to go on a vacation with Megan and Judy and the other kids. It was one of the highlights in his life. My husband Barry would always talk about Uncle Jack and Aunt Dode, so it was as if I knew them, too. My heart goes out to my cousins and the rest of the family. Hugs to all of you. Perhaps Barry, Earl, Dode and Jack are all up there catching up. They are truly watching over all. God bless. May he give you strength and comfort at this time. Sue - Posted by: Sue Edwardh (Neice through marriage) on: Sep 28, 2014

  • Jack and Doreen gave to my family more than they would admit to. My brother Keith was Jack's best friend in the 1940's. One of my favourite photos is of Jack in his Navy uniform and Keith in his air force uniform showing a leg as they laughingly pulled up one trouser leg a few inches. My brother became very ill just after the war and Jack and Doreen made many long trips to Deer Lodge Hospital to visit. That took some of the load from my parents as of course was a highlight of the day for my brother. When he passed away, after 7 years, Jack took me "under his wing" and was a great comfort to a kid of just 15. I have not and will not ever forget those displays of true friendship so long ago. I know that the family's grief is shared by many of us and I hope that is of some comfort at such a difficult time. - Posted by: Murray Parker (family friend) on: Sep 27, 2014

  • Jack was a true gentleman. I had the privilege to know him for only a short part of his life (the later years). He always had a smile and a kind word. He was certainly a determined man. My condolences to the MacDonald families. May the happy memories of Jack help you to get through these difficult times. - Posted by: Kara (Rehab Assistant @ RHC) on: Sep 27, 2014

  • My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Valerie Alderson (Healthcare provider) on: Sep 27, 2014

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