Lena Marguerite MacDonald

25 October, 191926 April, 2021

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Lena MacDonald at MacGillivray Guest Home on April 26, 2021. At 101 years of age, Lena lived an extraordinary life seeing over 100 years of change in the world. Born on Oct. 25, 1919 in Poulamon, NS, to Aime Cleophas “Pepe” and Mary Alexina “Meme” (Fougere) Boudreau. Lena was a very kind hearted, caring and loving individual who put the needs of others ahead of her own. She will be missed for her kindness, sense of humour and was known for her generosity, compassion, fudge, crafts and playing cards with friends and family. She always had a smile for everyone. She enjoyed her midnight snacks in the fridge at MacGillivray.

Being the last survivor of her immediate family, Lena was predeceased by her parents, husband Phil, siblings: Alcid, Evelyn, Delina Landry, Clifford, Simon, Meria Langlois, Tony and Leo.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews including the Polegatto family whom she previously resided with. Although she was not a mother herself, she was like a mother and a caretaker to many people over her years. She spent many hours on the family farm in Poulamon growing up tending to many animals and plowing the fields with her family. She loved their horse, Timmy, and dog, Tippy. She later moved to Sydney in the 1950’s along with other members of the family.

There will be a private service for the family at TW Curry, Sydney. The service will be livestreamed on T.W. Curry's Facebook page on May 1, 2021 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a warm heartfelt thank you to all of the staff at MacGillivray Guest Home for taking such wonderful care of Lena during her stay, including people to talk French with Lena, the Palliative Care Team at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Dr. Archibald and T.W. Curry.


  • Aime Cleophas & Mary Alexina (Fougere) Boudreau, Parents (deceased)
  • Phil, Husband (deceased)
  • Alcid, Sibling (deceased)
  • Evelyn, Sibling (deceased)
  • Delina Landry, Sibling (deceased)
  • Clifford, Sibling (deceased)
  • Simon, Sibling (deceased)
  • Meria Langlois, Sibling (deceased)
  • Tony, Sibling (deceased)
  • Leo, Sibling (deceased)
  • She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews including the Polegatto family



Lena Marguerite MacDonald

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Theresa Nardocchio

4 May 2021

My deepest sympathy going out to Lena's family...
I had the pleasure of caring for Lena , when I worked in Nursing , MGGH ...

Betty Mcneil

2 May 2021

I was on the nursing staff at MGGH while Lena was a guest there,I remember Lena being a very pleasant,kind grateful resident,always thinking about others before herself.It was a pleasure to assist Lena.I extend my condolences to all of Lenas family.My wish would be to grow old gracefully,just like Lena

Nancy MacKay

2 May 2021

This memory is from Eleanor: I will always miss Aunt Lena. She was like a mother to me. She was always a very caring and strong woman, always liked doing the outdoor work. God Bless and may she rest in peace.

This memory is from Nancy: I remember Aunt Lena's kindness and generosity with her time and the loving care she gave Meme. I spent quite a bit of time at Aunt Evelyn's when I was in my teens as she was teaching me to crochet and Aunt Lena would most often be there as well caring for Meme. She always had time for me as a young girl and was part of quite a few celebrations at my parents' home. It's amazing to know how much she has seen in her lifetime - from horse and buggy to cars, from candle light to electricity, to indoor plumbing, to radio, television, the list goes on. She never complained, loved her family, was a very hard worker always willing to lend a hand. She was so happy the day of her 100th birthday party, so many people attended and it was a great celebration of her life. That is how I will choose to remember her. She will be missed by all.... Special thanks to the Polegattos for their love and care over the years and especially during the last few difficult months of her life - especially during the pandemic when no one else could visit. I'm positive you were a great comfort. She is with the angels now watching over us. God Bless....

Vicki Romard

30 April 2021

I had the pleasure of caring for Lena at MacGillavray. She was such a beautiful and loving woman and i truely miss her. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Leonard McDonald

30 April 2021

Leonard McDonald and family are sending our deepest condolences to Lena’s family and friends. Leon was kind and caring. May she R.I.P