In Celebration of

David MacDonald

November 28, 1939 -  March 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David MacDonald, age 79, son of the late Ronald “Ranni” and Margaret “Peggy” (Campbell) MacDonald, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Born and raised in Sydney, NS, David followed the love of his life, Margaret (Ranni) to Toronto, ON, finally settling in Mississauga, ON.

He will always be loved and remembered by his wife, Margaret, of 59 years; children Harvey (Rima), Allan, Donna (Michael Wolczyk) and Michael, and grandchildren, Stephen, Stephanie, David, Michael, Veronica, Catherine and Matthew.

He is survived by his brothers Joseph L. (late Joan), Donald (Linda) and Paul (Michelle). He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Harvey (Maureen). He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

David spent 42 years with the G.E. Shnier Company (GESCO), starting at the order desk and working his way up to Vice President. He was mentor, friend and confidant to many throughout his career in the floor covering industry. He was an unrivalled salesman, a respected leader and a great friend to many. Throughout his career, he was given the opportunity to travel the world with his wife, co-workers and customers alike. Wherever his travels took him, there wasn’t a flight attendant, waiter/waitress or cab driver that he couldn’t make laugh, have an interesting conversation with or come to find some business or family connection. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and for those who never had a chance to meet him, the loss was truly yours.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel 2180 Hurontario St., Hwy 10 N. of QEW on Wednesday March 27 from 6-9 pm and Thursday March 28 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.

Funeral Mass will take place at Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. East, Mississauga, on Friday March 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to the charity of your choice.


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Jackie,Bruce,Angie,Murdock,Victoria (Niece,Sister and Brother-in-law.)

Entered March 25, 2019 from Sydney,Nova Scotia

Marg and Family, so sorry to hear of Uncle Dave's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, wish we were there. God Bless you all.

Ron Doc Halliday (Friend and co.worker)

Entered March 26, 2019 from Kelowna BC

A true north star and respected leader who was loved and admired by an entire industry, rest in peace old friend

Patrick Thomas (Co-worker at G.E. Shiner in the nineties)

Entered March 27, 2019 from Bath, Ontario

My condolences to the family. He is an icon in the floor covering industry.

Ronald E. Jeghers (Business Colleague / Friend from the past)

Entered March 28, 2019 from 170 Bellefleur , LaPrairie, Qc, J5R5S2

Dear Margaret,
Familly and Friends
of M.David McDonald.

I offer my sincere wishes of sympathy and my deepest condolences to everyone who ever had the good fortune to : meet , get to know, work with , drink with , like and love David .

I consider myself to be one of the lucky people with the opportunity to have experienced all of the above both in a professional and a personal capacity with David .

For over a decade we had many and frequent business and social interactions that became a friendship.

This occurred many ,many , years ago and I still have, to this day ,very fond memories of our time together.

I first met David in the fall of 1977, in a business context .I was a brand new sales representative ( still green behind the ears) for Armstrong Flooring .

I remember well, that initially he really made me work hard as his supplier , he challenged me to be well prepared and persistent in my sales strategies. He encouraged my creativity and my enthusiastic presentations .

It took time and effort to earn his confidence but eventually a mutual trust and loyalty developed and we became good friends doing good business together.

David was very smart intellectually but also very street-smart ; some even called him the Silver Fox , because he was quite cunning.

I respected him greatly because of his great ability to communicate his message and negotiate win/win deals with the energy of his gregarious personally and keen sense of humour.

Because he was such a great salesman himself he preached by example and motivated his managers and sales staff to excel .

He was a successful executive in the flooring business because he was a master in the “People Business .”

After changing job in 1990 to a different industry and moving back to Montreal our paths only crossed a few times after that.

Occasionally we would meet , for a brief few minutes ,in some airport ,but always for a pleasant echange and many laughs .

Even in the rush of getting to his gate he would make the time to share the joke of the day , enquire about me and remember an event or anecdote from our good old days .

Still today I still use a fun greeting he thought me .

When someone would ask David :

” How are you today ?”

He would reply :

“Fantastic ..but it’s getting better !!!!!


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