It is with great sadness that the family of John David MacDonald of Miramichi, New Brunswick announce his passing at the age of 56 years old. After a very sudden illness, John passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Monday, July 13, 2020 in the loving presence of his family.
John David MacDonald was the husband of Kathy MacDonald of Burns Street, Miramichi, NB. He was the son of Lynn and the late John MacDonald of Bartibog Bridge. He is survived by his beloved son Patrick, mother-in-law Anne Marie MacDonald, sister Kelly (Eddie) Morrison, brother Glen (Cindy) MacDonald, brother-in-law Myles (Jackie) Brideau, nieces and nephews Michael and Jennifer Morrison, Mitchell (Jordan) and Kate MacDonald, Aaron (Courtney) Brideau, Karen (Colin) Scotland and Ryan Brideau. John was also predeceased by his father-in-law Herbert (Buzz) MacDonald. John is remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and co-workers across North America.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario on April 19, 1964, John arrived in Bartibog Bridge in 1976 when his parents decided to move closer to family. John continued to be a loving family man. He was a devoted husband to Kathy and a proud father to Patrick. He always made a point to join other family members in any get-together that was planned, or unplanned, always willing to bring his famous cooking classics.
John was also dedicated to learning and received a Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Allison University, and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of New Brunswick. After University, John taught Academic Upgrading at the New Brunswick Community College, while volunteering at Saint John Ambulance, where he met his wife Kathy. Volunteering for St. John Ambulance led John to his true calling in Nursing. After receiving his Nursing Degree, John continued to work at St. John Ambulance, while also obtaining jobs at We Care Home Health Care, Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, Region 7 Hospital, and Miramichi Senior Citizens Home. In time, John worked exclusively at Miramichi Senior Citizens Home, and most recently was transferring to Bridgeview Hall. While nursing, John touched the lives of many families during his career and is fondly remembered by his many coworkers over the years.
John was well known and respected in the community. He was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Parish Council. He was also a former board member of Northumberland Cooperative Ltd., New Brunswick Nurses Union, Nurses Association of New Brunswick, and the Gerontology Association.
Our heart is broken, John we miss you so much and will remember you always.
Mr. John David MacDonald will be resting at Davidson’s Funeral Home, but due to current restrictions, visitation is limited to a small number of family members. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, with Father Tom Fowler officiating. Please respect social distancing. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.
The family wish to extend their heartful thanks to the staff of Miramichi Regional Hospital for the care he received as a patient.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mary’s Religious Education Program, Autism Resources Miramichi Inc., or doing a good deed in John’s memory would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are in care of Davidson’s Funeral Home (622-7464) or online at www.davidsonsfh.com, your family owned – family operated funeral home.