Stephen Gregory MacDonald

27-Jul-1938 - 27-Apr-2019

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Stephen Gregory MacDonald


MacDonald, Stephen “Steve” Gregory, age 80.  It is with heartbreaking sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather. On April 27th 2019, Steve passed away peacefully at home, in Fletcher’s Lake, NS.Born in Glace Bay, a true Cape Bretoner; tough as nails with a soft heart. He was the son of the late Stevie “Kid” and Margaret “Peggy” (Burchell) MacDonald.Sports always played an important part in Steve’s life, starting off as an all around athlete himself, then progressed into coaching and officiating a variety of sports. He was a long time member of the Eastern Passage/Lake Echo Mixed Bowling League, and remained an avid bowler until his passing. Steve was well known for playing a round of golf, and for his love of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox; but he always cheered the loudest for his grandchildren at their sporting events, rarely missing a game. Being a Sea Cadet himself in his younger years, and obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Steve recognized the impact Sea Cadets could have on young lives, therefore he was instrumental in establishing the 180 Saxon RCSC Corps in Shelburne.Steve attended both St.FX Junior College and Nova Scotia Normal College, and from there had a rewarding teaching career in both Cape Breton and Shelburne County, where he and his family made many lasting friendships. He then went on to pursue a career as an Employee Relations Officer with NSGEU Halifax. Upon his retirement, Steve became very involved with the Retiree’s Association, both as Vice President and President. Known for his great stories and quick jokes, Steve was soft spoken but had a big presence and gave the best hugs. If he didn’t have an impact on your life – you had never met him.Left to mourn his passing is his favourite dance partner and devoted wife of 56 years Marge (Ryer), his brother Neil, his children; Stephen (Shelley Singer), Debbie (Jim Lowther), and Ernest Patrick, his treasured grandchildren; Jordan (Kaleigh), Taylor (Tyler), Camden, and Makena, great grandchildren; Olivia, Madison, and Baby Girl #3 on the way. Steve will also be greatly missed by his fur grandbabies, several nieces and nephews, many dear friends, including his former son-in-law Kevan Mills. In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by his brother Howard, and sisters Patricia and Ann-Marie.Cremation has taken place under the care of Atlantic Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Friday May 3rd, 2019 from 6-8 pm.  Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow, all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lr.  Sackville.Special thanks to Dr. Michael Fleming for his long term care and concern.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Steve’s memory to KidSport Nova Scotia, a cause that was close to his heart.

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Atlantic Funeral Home Sackville Chapel

    Event Times:

    03-May-2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Memorial Service

    Atlantic Funeral Home Sackville Chapel

    Event Times:

    04-May-2019 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Reception

    Atlantic Funeral Home Sackville Chapel

    Event Times:

    04-May-2019 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

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Posted by Hughie & Mary Lynne Bruce | 31-Jul-2019

Just heard of Steve's death through brother Ross. So sorry for your loss. Steve was a teacher in Shelburne when Hughie and Ross were in SRHS. He was a friend and mentor to both Ross and Hughie. A wonderful tribute of pictures included with the obituary. Our sympathy to you Marg and family. Love, Hughie and Mary Lynne

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Posted by Pammy and Dwayne Story | 19-May-2019

Marge, family and loved ones. We were so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We remembered all the times we had the honour of spending time with you both at family gatherings. We feel very fortunate that we had the privilege of being touched by such a truly kind, fun, and special man. His hugs will be missed but the wonderful memories will stay with us. Pouring you tons of support and know we are thinking of you all.

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