T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Howard Jerome MacDonald

July 10, 1927December 28, 2019
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our father Howard Jerome MacDonald, age 92, of Westmount on December 28, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. He had a peaceful passing listening to his son Howie play The Farewell March. He was the son of the late Duncan Francis MacDonald and Mary (Mamie) MacDougall, both of Troy. He was born in Troy and upon marrying his wife Ann (Queensville) they moved to Westmount where they raised their family. He worked for the Canadian National Railway for 43 years and recently expressed, “I loved going to work everyday and I loved going home everyday.” He was a very hard worker and spent his summer vacations in Troy where he ran the Troy Canteen at the end of his mother’s lane. Upon retiring he enjoyed working in his garage, especially building dog houses with his grandchildren and having them marketed and sold by “top management”, Ann. He loved, music, dancing, horse racing, reading, the Toronto Maple Leafs and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was always the first to lend a helping hand for those in need and had a strong faith and belief in God. He had an exceptional memory and gift for storytelling as well as an incredible sense of humour that will be greatly missed. He loved to keep busy and often volunteered for community events such as meals on wheels and serving dinners for the KOC. He never missed the opportunity to attend the horse races or watch his children or grandchildren entertain. He was a wonderful father to his children Michael (late Debbie), Ontario; Howie, Westmount; Judy, China; Evelyn (Eugene) Cameron, Mabou; Marilyn (Peter) MacKinnon, Westmount and Cheryl (Kyle) MacQuarrie, Mabou. He was a loving supportive grandfather to his thirteen grandchildren, Brennan, Lee, Kristen, Jillian, Jordan, Terrilyn, Warren, Vincent, Daniel, Neil, Colin, Iain, Ann, and his great granddaughter Bliss. He is survived by his sister Evelyn, California; his brother Wilfred, Troy as well as Bernie (Kathryn), Dartmouth, and Bernie’s children Kara and Curtis. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann (MacDonald) sister Marie Beaton and brothers Lawrence and Harold.Visitation will be held at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11am in Holy Rosary Church Westmount, with Fr. Douglas Murphy officiating. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com.We would like to thank all of the Doctors and nurses on 4C who cared for our father over the past six weeks.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile, The Red Cross and the War Amps Association of Canada.


  • Duncan Francis MacDonald, Father (deceased)
  • Mary (Mamie) MacDougall, Mother (deceased)
  • Ann MacDonald, Wife (deceased)
  • Michael (late Debbie) MacDonald, Son
  • Howie MacDonald, Son
  • Judy MacDonald, Daughter
  • Evelyn (Eugene) Cameron, Daughter
  • Marilyn (Peter) MacKinnon, Daughter
  • Cheryl (Kyle) MacQuarrie, Daughter
  • Evelyn, Sister
  • Wilfred, Brother
  • Bernie (Kathryn) (Bernie's children Kara & Curtis), Brother
  • Marie Beaton, Sister (deceased)
  • Lawrence, Brother (deceased)
  • Harold, Brother (deceased)
  • He was a loving supportive grandfather to his thirteen grandchildren: Brennan, Lee, Kristen, Jillian, Jordan, Terrilyn, Warren, Vincent, Daniel, Neil, Colin, Iain, Ann and his great granddaughter Bliss.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Burial to follow Service Thursday, January 2, 2020


Howard Jerome MacDonald

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Debbie MacDonald Cameron

January 12, 2020

Evelyn, Howie, Marilyn, and all he family;
Sorry to be late posting this, but I just found out about your dad's passing today!
My deepest condolences go out to you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers! I only met your dad a few times but he was a lovely man who reminded me of my own dad, a family man, hard worker, and help anyone kind of guy! The only ray of sunshine in his passing is that he is reunited with his wife and famoly who have predeceased him and I bet you all hold many treasured memories, these will help get you through the paim! May your dad RIP!
Good-byes are not forever,
Good-byes are not the end.
They simply mean I will miss you,
Until we meet again!

Debbie MacDonald Cameron, Halifax
Formerly of Fairmount St., Westmount

Donald Campbell

January 4, 2020

A fond memory of Howard and Anne was the time they picked me up at the Sydney airport about 20 years ago. I was so tired they let me sleep a couple of hours at their house then they drove me to Glendale where we all attended the wedding of Johnny and Clare.

My deepest sympathies to the family.
A big part of Cape Breton is gone but he leaves us with many memories.
May Howard rest in peace.

Glenn Graham

January 4, 2020

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all.
—Glenn, Claire, and family.


January 2, 2020

My memories of Howard go back a few decades when as a pair, he and his wife, Ann, spread the joy of music in our community of Westmount. They passed on their love of music to their children and it was easy to see how proud he was of his family. It was evident in our community that he raised a wonderful family, and we were able to see each of his children grow and develop their individual talents starting at Robin Foote Elementary. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time as they grieve the loss of a great man and father.

charles macdonald

January 2, 2020

To the loving family of Mr. Howard MacDonald, Charles and Sharon MacDonald extend our fond memories and most sincere condolences on his passing from this life. May he rest in peace.

MaryAlice, Brian and family Cameron

January 1, 2020

Evelyn and Eugene and Howard’s family,

Thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers.

Faye and Alex Mac Intyre

January 1, 2020

Our sincere condolences go out to the Mac Donald family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure the many special memories that you have.

Faye and Alex Mac Intyre

Eleanor Gillis

January 1, 2020

Dear Evelyn, Eugene and all of Howard’s family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. May the love and care of those around you provide you with comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Love and prayers,
Eleanor, Mark Gillis and family

Darryl Burke

January 1, 2020

I would like to extend my condolences to the MacDonald Family, memories and good times will never be forgotten, prayers are with the family.

Wilfred & Janet & Darryl Burke

Bucky Buchanan

January 1, 2020

Howie was a special friend. Rest In Peace. Condolences to all the family. -Bucky Buchanan