MacDONALD, Alexander Stanley 1934 – 2012

March 23, 2012

 Alexander Stanley MacDonald, 77, of Guysborough passed away peacefully on March 4th, 2012 at the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. His 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease has come to an end. Born July 4th, 1934, he was the oldest son of the late Donald Colin (Dan Collie) and Catherine (MacQuarrie) MacDonald of Port Hood. He was educated atPortHoodAcademy;St.FrancisXavierUniversity, Antigonish (bachelor of arts, 1958);Nova ScotiaNormalCollege(certificate in mechanic science, 1960); andUniversityofMaine(master of science in education, 1972). He began his teaching career in September, 1960 atGuysboroughMunicipalHigh School, Guysborough, where he taught woodwork and drafting. He was also vice principal from 1961 to 1971. He retired in June 1992. During his 32 years of teaching he was very involved in the Nova Scotia Teacher’sUnionat the local level. For ten years, he was president of the Guysborough East Local and served on the negotiating committee with the school board and the union. Of special interest to him was time served on the executive of the Nova Scotia Industrial Arts Association and his term as president for the year 1979. During that period decisions were made for the name change from “Industrial Arts” to “Technology Education.” Church activities and community involvement were also important to him. He was actively involved in the federal and provincial Liberal Party, the Chedabucto Curling Club, andSt. Ann’s Church Men’s Club for many years. He was a charter member of the local Lions Club and involved with it until its closure. Stanley is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (MacNaughton); his children, Sandy (Sherry) Lesterdale, NS; Eleanor (Menno Giesbrecht), Burns Lake, BC; Cairine (Joe Jurus), Milton, ON; and Colin (Lorraine), Dartmouth, NS. He loved and adored each and every one of his grandchildren: Jessica, Kaelyn, Justin, Janna, Eilidh, Sophie, Maria, Alea, Katherine, and Regan. He is also survived by brothers Winfred,Truro,Nova Scotia, Urban (Theresa) and Gregory,Windsor,ON. and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Bernice, and his sister in-law,Lorraine. The body has been cremated. Visitation with family was held at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home in Guysborough on Wednesday, March 7th with funeral mass atSt. Ann’s Church, Guysborough on Thursday, March 8th, with Father Jonathan Nweke and Father Francis Cameron officiating. Reception followed atGuysboroughAcademy. Burial of ashes will be announced at a later date. Donations to honourStanley’s memory may be made toGuysboroughMemorialHospital, R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Port Hood, or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

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