Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON


Christopher Lorne MacDonald

August 21, 1963August 11, 2019
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Christopher Lorne ‘Mac’ Macdonald, 55, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Innisfree House in Kitchener, Ontario.

Chris was a loving man in all his roles: son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was passionate about his music, drumming in various groups over many years. He also loved the outdoors, travelling with Leslie and their trailer as well as hunting and range shooting with his friends. His daughter Darien and grand-daughter Emerson were his reasons to be. Christopher leaves his wife, Leslie Barr, daughter Darien Fitzgerald and grand-daughter Emerson. Chris is also survived by his sister and her husband, Laurel and David Armstrong, Goderich and brother Robert Macdonald and his wife Donna of Kitchener as well as nephews and nieces throughout Ontario. He was preceded in death by his parents Lorne Macdonald and Archena Ferguson from Preston and oldest brother Bruce David Macdonald from Kitchener. Chris was lovingly cared for by Leslie and a team of very special people – doctors, nurses and medical professionals who responded to his needs with skill and empathy, both in the Grand River Hospital, GR Cancer Centre, by Care Partner home care nurses Alison and Sandra and the staff at Innisfree House. Visitation for friends is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener (519-743-8900). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chris’ life. In lieu of flowers, the family thanks you for your donations to Innisfree House Hospice Foundation: lisaardandinnisfree.com and to: Wounded Warriors Canada at woundedwarriors.ca. Share memories online at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 16, 2019


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Steve Fortney

August 16, 2019

I think most of us don’t have many 20 year friendships. I mean friendships, not just people you know or acquaintances, but actually friends. Chris and Les have been my friends for 20 years. Through thick and thin, they have been people to rely on, friends. We raised our kids together, we were broke together, drank and cried together. Chris was very fortunate to have found Leslie and share his life with her. She is an amazing caring individual, anybody that meets her feels that. There is no way I can say enough kind words about Les. She is an Angel, amazing giving person. I love her and would do anything for her. Love you sweetie. Chris filled the void in her life, and was a great spouse.
Darien had a great father. I have known Darien since she was 5yrs old. Chis was a bit of a hard ass being a dad, but kids need that cuz life is not easy! ( always had a soft heart). Chris conveyed that to my boys, still true, and we have that in common for sure.
It’s hard to sum up a friendship as long as ours has been and the intensity that we have had in a few paragraphs. We all know Chris from a different perspective, I am just trying to tell everyone mine, cuz only I can. Chris has always been a giving, caring, compassionate person. I have seen him extend that as a friend, father, spouse and grandfather. He was taken from us too soon, as many are. On one hand I am sadden with his passing, but on the other I am happy that I got to spend 20 years with this great person! I truly want everyone one to embrace that. Our life is only a blink in the eye of history. Chris made his mark, impacted people. It’s all we can hope for. He will always live on in my memory, and the people he has touched.
Not about the loss, but about the moments in time.
Chris Macdonald you are my brother-from-another-mother. Rest In Piece my good friend.
I am glad your pain is over.
I am glad that I had the privilege of being your friend.
I love you, my brother!

Donna Norris

August 16, 2019

It breaks my heart to hear of Chris’ passing. My deepest condolences to his family and friends; please know he was a special man who will never be forgotten.

Even though it seems like a lifetime ago since we’ve seen each other, my memories of Chris were when our family’s lived on Hamilton St. In Preston. We all know Chris was passionate about drumming, however before he acquired his first drum kit, a pretend one was created by him and my brothers (Marc & Stew Pothier) in the attic of our home. I’ll never forget the day my Mother discovered it was her record albums (in pieces on the floor) that were being used as cymbals. Needless to say, no one EVER did that again lol!

Rest In Peace Chris.
Donna Norris (nee Pothier)

Scott Yates

August 15, 2019

So sorry to hear of Chris's passing. My best friend in middle school (W.G Davis).
We attended our first concert together (KISS). Will always remember our passion for music and listening to records in my room.
My love and thoughts to your family, Chris. Keep pounding those drums wherever you are!!

Craig Wranich

August 14, 2019

Dear MacDonald Families,

I am so sorry to hear of Mac's passing. He was one of the funniest and most sincere guys I ever met. If you ever said anything to him about how talented he was, he'd just smile and laugh. Such a great spirit and a great guy. God bless you Chris, you will be missed.

Nic, Lawney DiGravio

August 13, 2019

Dear Leslie and Family,
It is with a heavy heart that we write this to you. Chris was a great man with so many talents. His heart was kind. The hunting and range stories will be missed. We cannot imagine what you are going through but please know we are still up the street if you ever need a shoulder. We mean that. Nic knew Chris from the band days and it was crazy when he saw him at the range and found out you live just up the street.
Our deepest sympathy to you,
Sincerely Nic and Lawney and Lorenzo

Rob Juneau

August 12, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences. My old heart breaks for you who knew Chris better than I. We met briefly a couple times before but for real in ‘94, when Alan Affeldt brought him into the studio to record some of my songs cold. Never having heard them before, he still played with a power and grace that we couldn’t help but love him for. Always will.

His uncompromising love for truth, fact and honesty will stay with me until I go, too.

Peace, brother! Ride on.

Jayne Walkom

August 12, 2019

Leslie, Darien, Emerson and the MacDonald family, you are all in my thoughts.
Christopher, a character if there ever was one. Over the many, many years of knowing Chris, we laughed, sang, butted heads, shared stories and laughed again.
Our deepest condolences and sympathy to Christophers family and friends
Leslie and Darien you have our love and hugs from the west coast
Jayne and Bruce

Tim Geden

August 12, 2019

Leslie, Darien, Emerson and Kelly. So saddened to hear of the loss of Chris. I spent a lot of time on shorelines in boats and trudging through the Grand river in search of the big one with Chris. Fond memories. Happy fishing Chris!