Charles Neil "Charlie" MacDonald
25 September , 1921 – 10 January , 2019
MacDonald, Charles Neil, East Lake Ainslie
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Charlie MacDonald at the young age of 97. He passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was born September 25, 1921, son to Daniel and Jessie (MacLean) MacDonald. Charlie, at a young age went to "Normal College"; after graduating with his teaching license he taught in many of the one-room schools in Inverness and Victoria Counties. The first school was Head Lake. His last position was at Whycocomagh Consolidated School as a Librarian. Charlie was a founding member of the MacDonald House Museum (which was his childhood home). He was the first president of the Lake Ainslie Historical Society and on the Board of Directors of the Lake Ainslie Weavers Guild. Being very proud of his heritage and the history of Lake Ainslie, Charlie and his wife Jessie generously donated the property to the LA Historical Society. He served in many positions on the Board of Directors for the Museum/Historical Society, first as President, needless to say he was an honorary member up to the time of his passing. Charlie was a member of the Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church, was an active elder for many years, and served as a Clerk of Session until he felt it should be handed to another elder. Although he was no longer an active elder, he was also an Honorary Elder. He also served on the Cemetery Committee as Treasurer. Charlie enjoyed talking to people and could tell a person stories of things that happened throughout his life in Lake Ainslie. After 96 years he knew a lot of the history. He could tell a funny story too, you could decide by the twinkle in his eyes if it was 100% true or not. People were always welcome in their home and Cape Breton traditions were certainly a part of their home, the teapot was always ready to be filled, the biscuits were on the counter and the cookie can was opened. We will miss seeing Charlie out for his walks, using his cane to guide him along the side. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jessie (MacLean); son, Charles, East Lake Ainslie; grandchildren, Bobby, Halifax and Jessica, Fort McMurray; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his daughter, Gwynn; sisters, Eva Larken (Fred), Hannah Harrington (Guy) and Julie Cameron (Donald); and 2 nieces. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 in East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church with Rev. Louis Ihasz celebrating. Burial in Lake Ainslie Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church or the Lake Ainslie Historical Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com
- Jessie (MacLean) MacDonald, Mother
- Daniel MacDonald, Father
- Jessie (MacLean) MacDonald, Wife
- Charles MacDonald, Son
Charlie is also survived by grandchildren, Bobby Halifax and Jessica, Fort McMurray; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Gwynn; sisters, Eva (Fred) Larken , Hannah (Guy) Harrington and Julie (Donald) Cameron; and 2 nieces.
- Johena MacLennan, Honorary Pallbearer
- Annette MacDougall, Honorary Pallbearer
- Hugh Campbell, Honorary Pallbearer
- Malcolm MacLean, Honorary Pallbearer
- Newt MacPhail, Honorary Pallbearer
- Donnie MacLean, Honorary Pallbearer
- David MacLean, Active Pallbearer
- Edward MacLean, Active Pallbearer
- Alexander Fraser, Active Pallbearer
- Michael Gillis, Active Pallbearer
- Clifford Collins, Active Pallbearer
- Kenzie MacPhail, Active Pallbearer
- East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church
- Lake Ainslie Historical Society
- Funeral Service Thursday, 17 January , 2019
Charles Neil "Charlie" MacDonald
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15 January 2019
I’m very sorry for the loss of a true gentleman, Charlie. My heart is with all of you; Jessie, Charles, Jessica, Bobby, and whom ever else had the pleasure of knowing Charlie. I feel very fortunate that Bobby and I were able to spend time with you this past Christmas. I will miss your warm hugs the most. I wish I could be there to comfort the family in this time of need. I’ll be there in spirit. Sending all of my love. Xoxo
14 January 2019
You always had a strength about you I found so magical as a kid growing up. I so admired it.
The drives with mom and dad down to the lake leading to that last turn down that long gavel driveway to your door. Still so vivant in my mind. I can still hear the tires on the gravel when I close my eyes. Such a peaceful memory.
Hearing you, dad, mom and Jessie talking over tea while I played. Your deep laugh breaking through after a good joke and that heavenly sound of the kettle boiling on the stove. It all gave me such a warm and safe feeling.
I always had great respect for you and how you lived your life. It was so simple, beautiful and real. You always had a peaceful way about you that seemed to calm everybody down around you. Something I’ll always remember.
Life gets in the way and lives head down long roads that never seem to cross again but a smile always surfaced whenever your name came up. You were loved, respected and admired. Things that cross my mind when I think of you.
God bless you uncle Charlie. May you rest in eternal peace. Heaven just got a little brighter with you in it.
PS. Please give my mom, dad, grandma and grandpa a hug for me.
14 January 2019
Our family and our community have lost a kind and wonderful man.
Our condolences to you Jessie and family. RIP Charlie.
13 January 2019
Uncle Charlie, your welcoming voice always so humble, your ways peaceful and inviting, we will with Gratitude Remember and Cherish. Pleasant memories of our talks during summer visits and music and heirloom we shared will be treasured always, how fortunate we are to have had you and (Aunt Jessie ) as Family. May God's great Mercy and Forgiveness Bless and Bond you with Him and Family For Eternity in Joy and Happiness!