Gone but not forgotten

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F*ck cancer.

Those simple words depict a message that is loud and clear.

And those words certainly rang true to a 38-year-old man who was firmly standing behind them. But, sadly, a week ago today David MacDonald lost his battle with cancer far too soon in his young life.

MacDonald, who was featured as part of Huntsville Doppler’s weekly extraordinary person profile back in November, passed away in Huntsville Hospice on January 19 surrounded by his family.

For the last week, Facebook has been flooded with heart-felt messages to his wife, Karrie, and their two kids, Piper, seven, and Lochlin, five. Four days after losing her husband, Karrie posted a photo of herself and the kids smiling telling everyone that the last few days had been rough but that the outpour of positive messages and love was giving them something to smile about.

Karrie MacDonald posted this photo on Facebook to let everyone know the kind comments the family has received since Dave passed away is giving them something to smile about.

Karrie MacDonald posted this photo on Facebook to let everyone know the kind comments the family has received since Dave passed away are greatly appreciated.

Karrie told Huntsville Doppler yesterday that life will not be the same without her husband.

“They’re okay,” she said of how the kids are handling the loss of their dad, who lit up their world as they did his. “Piper is taking it hard. She gets it more. She remembers when my dad passed away in hospice. She was like, ‘I remember this place.’”

Karrie said MacDonald stayed at home until he finally made the decision to go.

“He just said, ‘I think it’s time to go.’ And he died a day later.”

A photo taken in November of Dave with his wife Karrie and their two kids Piper and Lochlin.

A photo taken in November of Dave with his wife Karrie and their two kids Piper (right) and Lochlin.

MacDonald’s mother, Jan, who said her son passed away pain-free and peacefully, shared some special words about him.

“He was such a wonderful father. He cared so much about the kids and always listened to them, and he found patience somehow. He truly loved Karrie.”

Jan said that what surprised her the most about her son was when she was out in public with him, how many people knew him. He had a natural ability to be kind and polite, which she found heartwarming.

“He was a credit to his profession, that’s what we were told,” his father, Dave, added.

Jan went on to say she is extremely grateful that she and her husband brought their family to the Lake of Bays area 41 years ago.

I believe we wouldn’t have got the support from the community in any larger centre. We’re just so thankful for the nursing care he received from Karrie and the professionals, which enabled Dave to stay home as long as he wished.
Jan MacDonald

David’s sister, Heather Smith, called him a wonderful man who wasn’t just her brother but her friend.

The community was supporting MacDonald in so many ways. Fundraisers were being held, t-shirts and stickers were being sold, and random, generous people were giving cash donations and gift certificates to them.

MacDonald’s friend, Jarrett Martin, called him a down-to-earth country boy with a great sense of humour. He had a laid-back approach to life and was a mellow guy who didn’t sweat the small stuff.

“When it came to work and real life he was never high-stress or in a rush. He always took it easy. When I was hanging out with him, he brought me down to that level. It was beneficial to both of us.”

Martin noted that even with MacDonald gone, there will continue to be an amazing amount of support for his family.

“I will be missing him, but never forgetting him,” he said.

Plans for a celebration of life for MacDonald are slated to happen at the Huntsville Legion, where he wanted it. However, a date has yet to be determined.

A Go Fund Me account in Dave MacDonald’s name will continue to be active for the next few weeks to help the family with any ongoing financial matters.

3 Comments

  1. Stephen Sheppard on

    A truly inspirational person and role model that I will look up to . I didn’t know him but what I do know is he didn’t give up and that’s what I teach my son everyday; don’t give up ever !! When I’m feeling the pain of my illness I will think of you and how much of a fighter you were . Your family is blessed to have such a role model in their lives and will be great people because of you . I pray you rest in peace .

    Stephen and Logan Sheppard

  2. Dave inspired us to be better people….the last time I saw him it was just before Xmas….. he was so thin… not really eating and coping with pain …..but he accepted my gift of butter tarts and told me he could taste the love baked in them….who says that?…and you know what…through his pain, he never stopped smiling at me….this is truly my most treasured memory of him…. a gentle and caring man to the end.

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