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Margaret McDonald

Margaret Anne McDonald

Monday, April 5th, 1926 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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MARGARET ANNE McDONALD ( PORTER ) B.A., A.R.C.T
April 5 1926 - May 3 2020

Margaret McDonald, a wonderful, loving woman, passed away peacefully at age 94 in Fergus, Ont. on May 3. Originally from Willowdale, Ont., for many years she was an early childhood educator. Later, Margaret studied speech arts and drama at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, receiving an ARCT. She followed this up with a fine arts Bachelors Degree from York University. While she was putting her education to use teaching English as a second language, public speaking, and poetry classes, she also kept life busy with volunteer work reading courses to blind students at Toronto universities. Margaret opened a Brampton office of the Royal Conservatory, which she operated for some time. She was very active in the United Church of Canada, directing chancel plays, reading scripture and volunteering with the United Church women. Margaret became locally famous for her Remembrance Day poetry readings, often reading in several venues on the same day.

Margaret was lovingly devoted to her husband Arthur, whom she married in 1966, and they began a family by adopting two boys. She is survived by sons Peter ( Evie ), Fraser ( Angie ), beloved grandsons Ian, Simon, Roman and Joseph, beloved granddaughters Ooleepeeka, Isabelle and Gloria. She is also survived by sisters Elizabeth Elliott of Toronto and Dorothy Crowe of Victoria, BC, as well as by many nieces, nephews and other family members. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur in 2008, by her parents James and Martha (Takel ), and by three brothers, Pete ( Sadie ), Robert ( Marjorie ), and George ( Betty ) of Toronto, Ont.
Margaret spent decades of summers camping across Canada, and loved to be outdoors with a good book. She always had several books on the go until the end of her life. She spent her later years in Fergus, Ont., where she worshipped at St. John's Anglican in Belwood and St. Andrews Presbyterian in Fergus. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Groves Memorial Hospital Opportunity shop. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind and gentle woman who loved a cup of tea and a good conversation. The family would like to thank the care workers, particularly at Wellington Terrace in Fergus, who made Margaret’s later life so comfortable and enjoyable for her. A funeral will be held this week, and a celebration of Margaret’s life will be planned for a future date.
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Angie Maragos

Posted at 05:41pm
Fraser and Peter, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved mom! Mrs. McDonald was such a sweet, loving, soft spoken women who always made me feel at peace in her presence. She was truly a wonderful mother who raised two wonderful men! May her memory be eternal! She will always be with you in your heart! My condolences also to her grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews and all who loved her!
Love, Angie!
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Lorna King

Posted at 01:19pm
To Peter and Fraser. I was sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I have many fond memories of our times together as you were growing up. How are you and your families doing. I would love to hear from you. We had visited in Fergus a couple of times and then lost track.
Lorna and John King
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jean Gordon

Posted at 08:54pm
To Margaret's family- We so enjoyed Margaret's time with us at the Op Shop ( New to You)= her readings at our gatherings were always a hit- rest in Peace, Margaret= jean Gordon
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