Donald Marshall, Jr.

August 9, 2009

55, Membertou. It is with great sadness the family announces the end of an extraordinary life with the passing of Donald John Marshall, Jr. on Thursday, August 6, 2009, in Sydney, surrounded by the love of friends and family. Born in Sydney, September 13, 1953, he was the eldest son of the late Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. and Caroline Marshall (Googoo). He was a member of St. Anne’s Mission Church and St. Anthony Daniel Parish. Donald Marshall Junior had an enormously generous heart. He was an avid fisherman with a great sense of humour who dedicated his life to fighting for Mi’kmaq rights. Junior’s remarkable legacy include transforming the Canadian Justice System due to his wrongful conviction and incarceration in 1971; the recognition of Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty rights in the Supreme Court of Canada decision R. v Marshall (1999) and a double lung transplant in May 2003 that extended his life and enabled him to continue his fight for social justice to the very end of his life. He will be greatly missed as he profoundly inspired and deeply touched the hearts of those he encountered on his courageous journeys. He is survived by his mother, Caroline Marshall Hobbs (Googoo); sisters, Rosanne (Joe Sylvester), Josephine (Chris Laporte), Laura (Wade Bowser), Virginia, Donna and brothers, Pius (Doreen), David (Terry Lynn), Terry (Lee Marie), John, Simon (Adrianna) and Stephen. Also surviving are his wife, Colleen D’Orsay and their son, Donald John Craig Marshall; stepdaughter, Ashleen D’Orsay and Junior’s children, Crystal Nimchuk Mas’l, Randy Sack; grandchildren, Kenzie and Braelynn, and dearly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and godchildren. Junior was fondly adored by special friend, Jane McMillan. He was predeceased by his father, the late Grand Chief of the Mi’kmaq Nation, Donald Marshall Sr.; sisters, Donna and her husband, Stephen Anthony Gould, Bernice Marshall and Margaret Madeline, in infancy. Special thanks to niece, Madelaine O’Reilly for all of the loving care she gave to her uncle during his illness and to grandfather, William Commando for his spiritual guidance and friendship. The family will receive visitors today, August 8, starting at 7 p.m. in Junior’s residence, 53 Bradley St. Membertou, N.S. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 10 in St. Anthony Daniel Church, Alexander St. Sydney, followed by an honour walk from the church to the interment in Membertou Memorial Gardens and a salute in Membertou Trade and Convention centre. Rev. Donald MacGillivray and Rev. Gus McLeod officiating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anne’s Mission Church, Membertou or a charity of choice. On- line condolences may be sent to: or


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