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William Thomas MacDonald – January 29, 1960 – December 28, 2016

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It is with great sadness and shock that the family of William (Bill) Thomas MacDonald announce his sudden passing on December 28, 2016

Bill was born in Dryden on January 29, 1960. He was the fourth child into the MacDonald gang of five.

Bill’s education began in Dryden, continued on to Red Lake High School, then completed at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. His passion was initially working on small aircraft as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Bill then went on to obtain his 3rd Class Operating Engineer standing and was proud of his accomplishments and knowledge in this field

Bill’s hard work ethic was the code that he lived by. His family and friends were his priority. He loved it when any one of us dropped by to visit.

Bill was an avid gardener. You could find him in his garden from spring through till fall tending to his vegetables and plants. Bill had a love of the outdoors. He would enjoy sharing with us the stories of the quad adventures and fishing trips that he and his friends went out on. His smile was contagious and you knew that he had enjoyed himself.

Bill was currently working at the Bombardier Plant here in Thunder Bay.

Bill is survived by his parents, Ethel and Thomas (Tom) MacDonald of Dryden, ON, sisters Janie (Billy) Inget – Red Rock, ON, Sharron (David) Struk – Kenora, ON, brothers Jim (Cindy) MacDonald – Oxdrift, ON, and Dan MacDonald – Thunder Bay, ON

Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews were part of his family. He kept in close contact with Cousins’ Brad Boyko and Tom Sanderson. He so enjoyed their get togethers. Beth Henderson was Bill’s long time good friend in Thunder Bay.

Bill’s family, would like to extend our thanks to Mr. Ron Baker, Northwest Funeral Alternative Inc. for his compassion and the valuable assistance he gave to us at this sad time. To Bill’s Bombardier co workers & friends that attended the Celebration of Life at the Victoria Inn on January 7, 2017, the kind words that were spoken of Bill brought comfort in the knowledge he was a “great man” To Tricia Murdoch HR and Dominic Pasqualino – Unifor Local 1075, words cannot express our gratitude for your kindness and compassion.

Thank you to Cole MacDonald for reading “Dear Son” on behalf of Bill’s parents whom could not attend.

Thank you to Father Allan Campeau of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Dryden, ON for officiating the service in Dryden at the Princess Court Chapel on Saturday January 14, 2017 your kind words brought comfort to our family. To the family and friends that attended from near and far, it was so nice to see each of you. The flowers and food were so thoughtful. Words cannot express our thanks.

Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us everyday

Unseen, unheard, but always near

So loved, so missed, so very dear

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