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John  MacDonald

John Alexander Ervin MacDonald

Tuesday, August 1st, 1933 - Sunday, August 9th, 2020
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John A. E. MacDonald, aged 87, of Winnipeg passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

John was born in Ninette, Manitoba on August 1, 1933. As a youth, he met and later married the love of his life Arlene (nee Knudson). They were married in Brandon in 1956. John had begun his working career as a baker in Virden, Manitoba and after marrying Arlene they purchased and ran the Souris Bakery for a number of years. John studied to become a Chartered Accountant and was the last of only three students to ever earn the Silver Medal in his third year and the Gold Medal in his fifth year through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. He earned his designation as a Bankruptcy Trustee, as well as a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in multiple provinces and territories. John served on the board of the Interprovincial Board of Examiners for Uniform Final Exams for Chartered Accountants, including two years as Chairman of the Board. He later served two terms in Vice-Presidential capacity with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, followed by a term as President. After retiring, John sold real estate in Calgary for a few years prior to returning to Winnipeg, where he provided financial consulting services on a variety of Government of Manitoba projects. John finally fully retired in 2018.

Despite John's numerous successes in his career, the most important thing in his life was his family. To his children he stressed integrity, honesty, respect and responsibility, showing by example how to embody these qualities. John leaves us to celebrate a life dedicated to family, love, learning, faith and compassion. Big Honest John will be sadly missed by his family and the many lives touched by his quiet strength, endless generosity and fabulous sense of humour.

John is survived by his loving wife Arlene, daughters Marilyn and Sandra (Ben), sons Kerry (Gail) and Dale, grandchildren Gannon, DanKeisha, Kali, Ian and Douglas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents Alec and Lena, and his three sisters Jessie, Ruth and Agnes.

A private family service will be held on August 24th at 1:00 p.m. in Winnipeg, followed by interment at the St. Vital Cemetery. Live streaming of the liturgy will be made available on the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre’s website at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
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Keith and Evelyn Walmsley, Humboldt, Sask.

Posted at 08:42pm
Sorry to learn of Johns passing. Was good to listen in on the service today. Our thoughts are with you, Arlene, and your family and we hope for you there are better days ahead.

Nicole Barnabé

Posted at 02:41pm
Lois Hudson listened through my connection, and asked me to share this message with you:
Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

On my part, I am sorry to know that John has left us, however briefly. I am also thinking of you, the family, with love and sympathy.
- Nicole Barnabé

Lynda Jackson

Posted at 02:08pm
Dear Arlene & Family,
My thoughts have turned to you so often and more now since hearing of John's passing. I admire and appreciate you both, always a kind, thoughtful and generous couple. My love and sympathy ~ hugs, Lynda Jackson

Karen Humphries

Posted at 01:35pm
Dear arlene my thoughts are with you today was a little surprised to hear of John’s passing we were not much in your home and we live 30 years in Winnipeg but Larry And I always felt you folks as good friends

Justin and Lora Jane Collyer

Posted at 10:29am
Dear Arlene,

Our thoughts are with you today. We have many fond memories of the warm welcome into your home here in Calgary. First in the Woodlands/Woodbine area where we now live and then in your final abode before leaving the city. We appreciated John's guidance in our first home purchase and especially his wisdom and help in meeting. You were a special couple and great example for us as we began our life together.

Love from Justin and Lora Jane Collyer

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