McDonald, John

12 Sep 1923

On Sept. 12th, at New Glasgow John McDonald, at the age of 90 years.  Born at Cape George, he left home at an early age to work at shipbuilding in New Glasgow, and for many years pursued that work there and in many other parts of the Maritime Provinces.  With the decline of the industry he entered the employ of Donald Grant & Sons of New Glasgow, with whom he remained over forty years.  While in their employ he helped build many of the Catholic churches and buildings of the diocese.  Six years ago an accident necessitated his quitting work and with the laying down of the tool, there followed  a quick decline in health.  Over a year ago he suffered a slight shock, and partial paralysis, and four the last six months was confined to bed, requiring constant care and help.  Always punctual at church, it was only when physical inability prevent, that he was not to be seen at holy services.  He died fortified by frequent reception of the Blessed Sacrament and the last rites of the Church. He was the last of a family of five, one sister Mrs. J. Nolan, dying in Truro several years ago and three brothers, Dan, Colin and Angus, the latter formerly of Truro, dying a year ago in Pasadena, California.  Of his immediate family, he leaves to mourn the loss of a kind, affectionate husband and loving father, a sorrowing wife, Mary MacDonald, and three sons, Dan and Colin of Boston and Angus of Egerton, and three daughters, Mrs. B. McIsaac of Egerton, Mrs. DAniel Thompson of New Glasgow and Mary F. of Greenville, South Carolina.  After high mass, Rev. Fr. McIsaac at the church of the Immaculate Conception, Lourdes, he was laid to rest in Lourdes cemetery, where the last prayers of the Church were said by his pastor, Rev. Fr. McLeod of New Glasgow.