Sheila A. MacDonald

October 13, 1924November 1, 2018
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Sheila (Ryan) MacDonald of Halifax NS, in her 94th year, on November 1, 2018.

Survived by her husband of 67 years, Ian; her sister, Evelyn “Babe” MacDonald of Ottawa and Florida, and children, Jim (Lucille Hartshorne), Mark, Alex (Michael Arnoldi) and Janet (Paul Klements), and grandchildren, Ian and Michael MacDonald. Survived also by many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and cared for in her own quiet way.

Sheila was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Frances Ryan; sisters, Pat Fahie, Margaret Barnes, Marion Cowan, Doris DeWolfe, Marguerite Ryan and Katheline Pushie, and brother, Peter Ryan.

Sheila worked for the Department of Immigration at Pier 21 before marrying in 1951 and starting a family in Hantsport, NS. She thoroughly enjoyed her years living and traveling in Europe in the late 1950s with what were then two young children. These were experiences that she treasured for the rest of her life. She followed her husband across Canada as he was transferred in the military, creating comfortable homes for her family in places as diverse as Calgary, Whitehorse, Toronto and Kingston. Settling in the Halifax area after Ian’s retirement from the military and subsequent establishment of a dental practice in downtown Dartmouth, Sheila and Ian also enjoyed building their cottage in New London PEI in 1981 and then spending six months there every year, fondly staying “on the Island”.

As a homemaker she will be remembered as an accomplished gardener, for her delicious sweets, and for the handcrafting skills that she developed later in life. Her memory will live on in the knitted sweaters and hand stitched quilts that she created and that are cherished family heirlooms.

With many thanks to all of her wonderful caregivers, especially those who were so supportive and helpful the past six months.

Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cruikshanks Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St Halifax. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Basilica, Spring Garden Rd Halifax on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Loved and missed always


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sheila A. MacDonald

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Bernadette Boardman

November 6, 2018

Thank you, Sheila, for being the spark that created the Seawood Book Club on PEI, those many years ago. Your legacy lives on, and our group continues to enjoy the reading, observations, and discussions you promoted so well. You will be missed, but forever remembered. May you enjoy countless books in your new heavenly abode. xoxo

Anne & Greg MacDonald

November 6, 2018

I will always remember Sheila as a Beautiful Ian and your families...Our Sympathy to each of You...You are in our thoughts and prayers as you share your memories together with loved ones and friends...Take Care of you and each other... Love and Hugs... Anne and Greg.

Barb & Stan Surette

November 6, 2018

Our condolences Ian and family. Lovely lady, great hostess, loved life and family. Will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours at this time. Barb & Stan

Mary and Bob MacDonald

November 6, 2018

Our deepest sympathies Uncle Ian and family. You were truly blessed to have each other for so many wonderful years and have made so many amazing memories. Thoughts and prayers going out to you all during this difficult time. So sorry we could not be there in person.

All our Love
Mary and Bob MacDonald

Doug MacDonald

November 6, 2018

Uncle Ian and family please accept our condolences on the loss of a great lady. Sorry we cannot be there to express our sympathies in person.

With love, Doug and Jennifer and boys

Mary Pushie

November 5, 2018

Aunt Sheila was an elegant lady, my condolences to Uncle Ian and all the family.
Mary Pushie

Lana Waugh

November 4, 2018

I first met Sheila at the Seawood Book Club hosted by Judy Rowell on Prince Edward Island.
. I remember Sheila as always speaking her mind on the various books we read- her comments were always thoughtful and forthcoming with her own opinion. I truly loved hearing her opinion on our reads. She will be missed. Condolences to Ian and her family . Bob and Lana Waugh.