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Alexander "Alex" MacDonald


Alexander "Alex" MacDonald

Alexander "Alex" Laughlin MacDonald

A life taken too early, Alexander "Alex" Laughlin MacDonald, 74, loving husband, father, brother and uncle, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8th, 2018, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, with devoted family at his side. 

Never one to be defined by convention, Alex’s indomitable spirit and love of life will be perpetuated in the lives of his caring wife of 36 years, Karen Elizabeth MacLellan, and inspirational loving sons, Ryan and Brooks. 

Alex was born to Angus Joseph MacDonald and Mary Elizabeth Campbell, in 1944, and lived in Sydney all his life.

He is survived by siblings, John MacDonald, Ontario, Steve MacDonald (Shirley), Marie (Max) Weatherbee and Margie (Dave) Riley, all of Sydney and several nieces and nephews, who brought him ceaseless gratification and delight. 

Endlessly curious and self-motivated in the pursuit of knowledge, Alex began his working career as an electrician. Inclined to impart knowledge to any and all willing to learn, he became interested in and intrigued by teaching. This prompted a career change that cast him in the role of teacher, for several decades, within the public school system. Alex was a voracious reader and veritable fountain of historical facts, milestone happenings and pivotal moments in the evolution of mankind. He was naturally social and enjoyed meeting new people. Gladly inclined to share the occasional story, he relished bringing smiles to faces with a joke or two and offered himself willingly to any and all in need of assistance, no matter the task. Alex’s love of the outdoors defined him in many ways. He was an avid and accomplished fly fisher who delighted in sharing his skillfully harvested bounty with family and friends. The importance of community and the need to give back was always top-of-mind with Alex. He proudly served with the Sydney Lions Club and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ashby Branch.  Summers were spent with family and friends along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, often enraptured by evening camp fires and a lively ballad or two.  Close at hand one would find Shadow, his devoted cat. For the past decade or more, Alex was confronted by debilitating health issues. Taxed in ways that would have disheartened most, he endlessly found means to well up the resolve and courage to battle on. His spirit and determination were admired and a source of encouragement to many who knew him. 

To the dedicated, professional medical staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Coronary Care Unit, who compassionately and expertly cared for Alex, the family extends its deep-felt thanks.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel.  Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Sydney Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Dennis Lamey officiating,  followed by a celebration of his life, in the funeral home reception area. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at or e-mail 





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Service Date
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Service Time
2 p.m.
Service Location
Sydney Memorial Chapel

Monday March 12, 2018
Visitation Time
2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Visitation Location
Sydney Memorial Chapel

Requested Charity
Heart and Stroke Foundation or Charity of Choice