pat-mcdonald

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Our family announces with sorrow the passing of Patricia (Pat) McDonald, peacefully at the Maison Vale Hospice on November 22, 2016 at the age of 85 years.  Pat was a loving daughter of Harold and Gladys Moore (Salt), both predeceased, loving wife of James (Jim) McDonald, predeceased. Survived by sisters Flora Barnard and Kim Rheault, sisters-in-law Helen Moore and Sally Gatien. Predeceased by sisters Beulah Whidden, Colleen Jordan and brother Harold Moore. Devoted and loving mother of Shelley Lynn, Scott (Ruth-Ann) and Craig (Elizabeth). “Auntie Pat” to many nieces and nephews who she loved greatly. Pat was Sudbury born, raised and educated. She had a very productive career with M. Loeb Ltd and was very proud of her co-workers and of all the franchise holders of independent grocery stores (IGA) across Ontario. Pat was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of the St. Andrews United Church of Sudbury. Pat will be remembered for her years of teaching Sunday school, continuous fund raising efforts and support of the “out of the cold” program for Sudbury’s homeless and less fortunate. Pat had many artistic talents as demonstrated in her hand painted crafts that would find their way to fund raising events or as special gifts to family and friends, her love of gardening and pride in her home and her abundance of knitted items over the years. Pat was very fond of her extended family and wide circle of friends. She was always comforted by their dedicated life long support but none more endearing than during her recent period of illness. Pat admired today’s youth and did her best to stay current with evolving technology, values and interests of the day and even learned to surf the net recently. Pat held the British monarchy in highest regard and travelled to England on numerous occasions to “bathe” in the aura of Queen Elizabeth and the Royals. Pat’s world travels were numerous and broad ranging and she admired the culture and politics of every country she visited. But no country made her prouder than Canada and she could always be counted on for strong commentary on domestic and foreign policy. In fact, Pat had strong commentary on most socio political issues which were always fun to either embrace or debate. Pat loved Sudbury, and but for a short stay in Hanover Ontario, spent her entire life engaged in Sudbury and many local initiatives including minor hockey, dragon boat festival and the arts and culture community. Pat was a voracious reader, fueled by her need to continue learning, but sometimes just to amuse or fall fast asleep. Above all, Pat was a very proud, loving and supportive mother and was always there for her three children. She is sadly missed. The family would like to pay special thanks to Ruth-Ann McDonald, Dr. Ray Sawkiw, the doctors and highly professional staff of the Cancer Centre and the Maison Vale Hospice for their compassionate care of our mom during her final chapter. It is greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrews United Church or the Vale Hospice would be greatly appreciated. As per her wishes, there will be no visitation. Cremation at Lakeview Crematorium. A celebration of Pat’s well lived life will be held at St. Andrews United Church (111 Larch St.) on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements in care of Simple Wishes of the North. (705) 470-7070

Condolence Messages

  1. Dorothy Cayen

    25 November 2016 2 years ago

    Dear Scott, Ruth-Ann and family, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. As we are out of the country, we will not be able to attend your Mom’s celebration of her life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dorothy and Mike,

  2. Gerri Kusnierczyk

    26 November 2016 2 years ago

    I knew Pat growing up as she was a very good friend of my sister, Margaret Ann Grogan in High School. She was such a thoughtful person and stayed in touch with our family through the years. She remembered my mother many times, doing thoughtful things for her. I visited her at Hospice before visiting my other sister, Lorraine in California recently and we had a very enjoyable chat about the past. She will be missed!

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