Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON


John Duart Macdonald

22 novembre , 19481 juillet , 2019

An uncontainable life.

John Duart Macdonald made a very large man-sized impact on the world. He had a powerful influence on the people around him, on the ideas that intrigued him, on the events that concerned him. Originally from Inverness, NS, his house in Toronto for roughly 50 years became a home to many. To friends, to family, to those in need, to an extended community who became family.

Thoughtful, observant, articulate and insightful, JD brought a fierce passion and a ferocious appetite to the examined life. Not a person to whom life happened, or to whom religion, societal norms or social decorum applied: John was the prime mover in his universe, and he created a constellation that orbited his life, and gave it fullness and meaning. His daughters Lena and Caitlin; his step children Renee and Stephen, the tight-knit group of beautiful souls who adopted him as much as he did them. All continue to shine a light that carries John’s spirit.

He was a moral actor, not a follower of dogma. His life personified his beliefs: accountability and morality with roots in action, rather than faith. Act for your family; protect your friends, your neighbours, their children, your community. Fear no-one, and fight when necessary. Defend what is right, and perhaps lessons will be learned by those in the wrong, as often they were.

John’s work ran an eclectic mix, from film to poetry to nightclubs, often all at the same time. His brilliance with language, and with ideas, will be a source of joy and a treasure trove for all of his extended family, for years to come.

John Duart leaves behind his beloved daughters Lena Elizabeth Macdonald (Stephen Dollimore) and Caitlin Cormier, and his step children Renee Odo and Stephen Johnston along with the larger Johnston family. He is pre-deceased by his parents Sadie and John Andrew Macdonald, as well as his brother Roderick Daniel (Rick) Macdonald. Surviving John are 8 of his siblings: Lena Anne, Eleanor Mae, Andrew Gordon, Murdock Ranald, Mary Heather, Calum MacLean, Kathleen Joy and Ian Robert.

In lieu of flowers, please plant an idea to help your community, or nurture a friend in need. Celebrations of Life will be hosted in Toronto this Saturday July 6th at Jet Fuel, 519 Parliament Street. Tribute to begin at 7:30.

At a later date a memorial in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Details TBA.


  • Celebrations of Life samedi, 6 juillet , 2019


John Duart Macdonald


Frank McCarthy

6 juillet , 2019

Although we drifted apart over the years, I had the great pleasure of Johnny’s presence in my life in my early acting years in Boston. He directed me in his film, “Dance The Night Away” which he also wrote. We also wrote a screenplay together from the novel, Each Man’s Son.” He was an exceptional man, talented...brilliant...powerful...and sure of
himself and his place in the world. I also experienced Johnny’s warmth and the pleasure of his friendship. Fond memories old friend!...Fly high on your new journey...with Love...Frank 🙏

JoAnn Kendziora Mehr

5 juillet , 2019

I remember playing with John Duart and Lena and all in Strathlorne pre 1956, which is the year Josie & Gracie, JoAnn, Victor and Tony (Angus) moved to Windsor, Ontario. Sadie and John Andrew and Josie & Gracie were the best of friends.
The Kendziora family is having a reunion in Inverness in August this year to celebrate the life of our brother Kinnon Victor who passed June 3, 2018. We understand your loss and celebrate with you the life of John Duart. Love & Hugs

Janice Gray

4 juillet , 2019

Thinking of you all in your time of loss. May the many stories and laughter keep your memories of JD close to your hearts always.
Love Janice and Joe

Cecil MacQuarrie

4 juillet , 2019

Sending condolences to all family and friends....many memories were created during our younger years...will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Cecil Mac Quarrie

Anne marie Lali

4 juillet , 2019

John,you will be missed by many including myself ,you made a large impact on everyone you ever met,you treated me with the upmost respect whenever we met,we didn’t see each other very often but I thought of you a lot. May you R.I.P. My Friend 🙏

Ellen Mccutcheon

4 juillet , 2019

You will always be remembered in my heart and soul my dear friend I will never forget you to we meet again

Anne Marie ( MacIsaac) Croucher

4 juillet , 2019

My sympathy to Eleanor and all of John Duart's loved ones.

Harold and Florence Mac Lean

3 juillet , 2019

Our deepest sympathy !Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!

Rose (MacNeil MacDonald

3 juillet , 2019

I am going to miss the great stories he shared with me (us.) He made me laugh when they were told. Rest in Peace dear friend.

Rose MacNeil MacDonald
Inverness, NS.

Gertie. And Frank Doran

3 juillet , 2019

Dear John you sure were a great man .You will be missed by so many family members and friends.You are at peace now my friend .Just want to say Ty very much for my beautiful Lena dear John I will always watch over her until I am old and gray .R.I.P. my dear friend till we meet again .Another Angel to watch over us xxoo