Rev. William Grant MacDonald

January 4, 1914December 6, 2013
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MacDonald, Rev. W. Grant - Grant passed away peacefully Friday December 6, 2013 surrounded by family a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. Born in Forchu Cape Breton January 4, 1914. He received his early education in a one-room school, Sydney Academy. B.A., Dalhousie University (1936) and B.Div., Pine Hill(1938) where he was ordained into the United Church of Canada. He served congregations in Loch Katrine and Bass River before entering the wartime chaplaincy of the Canadian Navy. He served in the Militia as `cold war` chaplain and later as an intelligence officer in the Russian language division of the Canadian School of Military Intelligence. After WWII he served in St. Mathew’s United Church, Halifax before beginning a twenty-nine year ministry at St. James United Church, Dartmouth. At St. James he lead the construction of the church hall and major reconstruction of the Church after being destroyed by fire. He was past president of the North British Society, member of the Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Scotland and Padre of The Austenville Owls Club. He enjoyed his crosswords, games of cribbage and bridge. Grant was predeceased by brother Alvin, wife Margaret and daughter-in-law Sharon. Grant is survived by son, Dr. John granddaughters Heather (Jean Aucoin), Dr. Carla (Trevor Nuyens), grandson Dr. Scott (Dr. Elizabeth Maimon) and his flock of great grandchildren André and Arielle Aucoin; Alexandra, Elena and Heidi Nuyens; Liam and Logan MacDonald. Grants` daughter Dorothy (Brian Maguire) grandson Duane, great grandchildren Andrew and Amberlee. Grants` daughter Eleanor (Jim Gillis) granddaughter Lisa (Sean O`Regan), great grandchildren Danny, Maggie and Aidan, grandson Sean (Krista Smith), grandson Michael (Meaghan), great grandchild Jackson. Grants` daughter Barbara (Terry Tuepah), granddaughter Rebecca (Shilo Neveu), grandson Ira (Kristen Scott) and great grandchild Isaiah. The family would like to express their thanks to Cathy and staff, Parkland on the Lakes; Dartmouth General Hospital and his personal physician, Dr. Greg Roy. Funeral Service, St. James United Church, Dartmouth , 11 am Saturday December 14th. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be viewed or sent


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Brenda Munro

December 16, 2013

Thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with you at this time from Pine Hill Divinity Hall at AST. May your family feel the comfort of all those around you who grieve the loss of Rev. Grant as well.
Sincerely, Brenda Munro on behalf of the Pine Hill Board of Governors.

Terry Tuepah

December 13, 2013

It was such a pleasure getting to know you Grant. After whisking your daughter off to the Wild West many years ago our friendship grew slowly with each visit and each phone conversation. By small increments I became one of your biggest fans. Your steady caring nature became a cornerstone to my life and your departure has left me and others feeling a little less steady. Still, we are all the better for knowing you. Thankyou so much.

December 13, 2013

Rev. Grant MacDonald has been a good friend for over 40 years. I (we) live on PEI and visit often in Dartmouth and over the years have visited Grant and Margaret many times and each and every time we were made and felt welcome.
I also remember the good many times we, Grant and I, would sit in the corner and talk all afternoon or evening with a ring of shrimp between us.
It is with sadness we are not able to attend the memorial service on Saturday.
Our sympathy goes out to all the family. May God bless you all.
florence and roger gillis
wellington pei

Jack Oland

December 12, 2013

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

December 11, 2013

We were saddened to know of Rev. Grant's passing. he was a stalwart Dartmouth citizen, and faithful community servant in Dartmouth's golden age. May God's comfort be with you in the coming days. Malcolm & Lynn Macpherson - Truro

December 11, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss. He really led a full life. --Harold & Diane Macpherson, Dartmouth

Robert Cole

December 11, 2013

John & family, So sorry to hear of Grant's passing. Your father was an inspiration to us all, as our spiritual adviser and as our friend.

Heather-Anne Gillis

December 10, 2013

To the MacDonald Family: My sincere condolences on the loss of Rev. Grant. He baptized me back in 1971, and I will always remember his wonderful care as our minister. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bruce Hetherington

December 10, 2013

For his family I'm so sorry for you lose but you have great memories of Grant as do I growing up at St.James. He was a very gentle man with a great personality.RIP