Robert Osborne MacDonald

January 8, 2015 28 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

August 23, 1965- December 21, 2014

It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert Osborne MacDonald announce his passing at the Grey Nuns Hospital on December 21, 2014 surrounded by his family.

Robert was the second youngest of 15 children born to the late Daniel MacDonald and the late Pearl MacDonald (Bouchie) both of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia. Robert was a huge baseball fan being given the knickname "Heater" as he was well known for his fast pitching growing up. Robert became a Power Engineer and married his then wife Debra Cameron and moved to Alberta in 1994 where he later had two boys.  Robert was a loving father to his two sons Cameron and Calder who were both his pride and joy. Over the years Robert was an employee of the Hotel MacDonald, Black & MacDonald and also worked for the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Since taking a stroke earlier this year Robert had spent the last several months in Ponoka at the Brain and Injury rehabilitation centre where he was quickly nicknamed "Hollywood" for the love of his shoes and skin care products.

Robert was a loving brother to Lloyd (Penney) Kingston, ON;  Leonard (Anne) Antigonish, NS; Howard (Susan) Toronto, ON; Earle (Dora) Bathurst, NB; Ralph (Carolyn) Athabasca, AB; Elaine MacInnis (William) Richmond Hill, ON; Hilda Toronto, ON; Kenneth (Melanie) Dartmouth, NS; Patricia ( Lloyd) Guysborough, NS; Donna Davis (Dave) Toronto, ON and Daniel (Carol) Halifax, NS. Robert is also survived by brother-in-law Errol Young.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Pearl MacDonald, brothers Lawrence and David, sister Lorna Young, nephew Claude and niece Marie.  Robert will be sadly missed by his 18 nieces and nephews and his 13 great nieces and nephews. A special thank you goes out to the staff at Grey Nuns Hospital in both intensive care and stroke wards and Ponoka Rehabilitation Centre for helping care for him. May he rest in peace until we meet again.

Memorial Service
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location and time to be announced at a later date

  1. To all who played ball, had a good laugh or a drink with him over the years keep his smile in your heart. As tormenting as he could be with his comments and correcting any mistakes you made especially if he thought he was right, he will be sadly missed and never forgotten. XO

  2. You will be forever remembered as a wonderful and loving brother. Love you. Rest in peace

  3. Rob was my best telephone buddy over the last three years and my resident sport’s expert . iwill cherish his friendship and generosity for the rest of my life.My heart goes out to Cam and Calder for their loss.Rest in peace brother until we meet onthe rebound. Love you always


  4. Our condolences to the family and our deepest sympathies to Cameron and Calder.

  5. I am thinking of you all at this very difficult time. It is so hard to lose a loved one and the wonderful memories we have will keep them with us forever. Treasure these memories and love one another, this is what families do at difficult times. Prayers and love to you all.

  6. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. It is so hard to lose a loved one and the wonderful memories we have will keep them with us forever. Treasure these memories and love one another, this is what families do at difficult times. Prayers and love to you all.

  7. R.I.P Rob you will be missed so very much.Try to remember….no every pitch is a strike & not all umpires are blind idiots….Love You

  8. No distance of place. .or lapse of time. .can lessen the friendship’ of those. .who are thoroughly persuaded. .of each others worth.

    A Great quote for my buddy the Heat..

    • Did my dad make that up?

  9. We all lost a part of us with Roberts passing, although we lost touch through the years since going through high school together when ever Robert and I caught up it was as though it was just yesterday we had talked. My best to you Cameron and Calder, I hope you have your dad’s love of sports and sharp wit.
    Robert save me a seat at your table on the other side, but keep the pencils to yourself…. ya I never forgot 🙂
    Love your friend Brendan

  10. Sorry to hear of Roberts passing . Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. My sincere sympathy to you all at this very sad time . Such a large and loving family.
    You will all get through this together. Remember the good times . Robert will be with you
    always . God’s Blessings to all of you.

  12. To all Rob’s Family We send our Condolences…Thinking of Cameron and Calder and hope they find the strength to get them through hard times! Hugs to you all…

  13. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. So sorry to hear about the passing of a great friend,father,uncle,n brother. Robert was always full of jokes n ready for a good time. He sure will be sadly missed by friends n family. Fly high with the Angle’s Robert. R.I.P My friend.

  15. So sorry to hear of Robert`s passing, our thoughts and Prayers are with all the MacDonald family.

  16. Cameron and Calder, I am so sorry that you lost your dad. When we were growing up, Rob was more like my big brother than my uncle. I adored him. Wherever he was……….on the ball field throwing some ‘heat”, hanging out on Hadley’s Hill, or joking around in the halls at school, your dad’s humor and warm personality always drew a crowd. He could make us laugh until our bellies hurt. So many people from Mulgrave who grew up with your dad are feeling the sadness of his passing. He was a great uncle, an awesome friend and a father who spoke so proudly of each you. He loved you both more than anything in the world. Always remember the good times and know that there are many people who are thinking of you and love you. Hugs.

  17. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Robert and Lorna…such a sad time for all. Keep their memories alive.
    May they both rest in peace.

  18. Please accept my most sincere sympathy on the deaths of Robert and Lorna. May the days ahead bring you comfort and peace.

  19. I can’t imagine what you are all going through, I was so sad when I heard about Robert. I remember how the MacDonald’s loved and looked after each other and I remember how kind and welcoming you always were to me. Sending sympathy and a hug.

    Donna (Rhynold)

  20. Well Rob…….it’s been a year already since you left us and it’s hard to believe how fast time goes by cause it still feels like yesterday…..sadly missed and never forgotten……Love you lots xoxoxo

  21. Well a year has passed since your service was held……we were commenting today about one of the things you always used to say to me….”..God your stupid”. Lol. It’s been a long time since I heard you say that but another uncle reminded me today and we shared a few laughs. I understand what you meant by some of our conversations after my visit ….lol. Danny’s a year older today and hopefully you gave him a sign to know your celebrating with him. Thinking of you often and missing you. xo

  22. Well Rob if you were around I am sure you would have celebrated your birthday in fine style knowing you would have been 50+1….know you were in my thoughts today often….loved and never forgotten……xoxox

  23. Well Rob….its been two years and my does the time fly……still feels like yesterday. Thinking of you often and trying not to be “stupid”…lol….love and hugs forever…xox

  24. Well Rob….wishing you a Happy Birthday and hoping you are celebrating in style. Missing you.

  25. Wow…..another year has passed. I continue to find dimes at the weirdest moments and I believe it is you leaving me a sign telling me everything is gonna be ok to keep my chin up. Thinking of you often. Love and hugs forever….xoxoxoxoxoxo

  26. Happy Birthday Rob. Another year has passed. Missing you still. Always have, always will..xo

  27. Well Rob…its been 4 years already….hard to believe how fast the time has gone by. Always on my mind….missing you…Love and hugs forever…xoxox

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