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Kenneth McDonald

Kenneth Clare McDonald

Friday, October 5th, 1928 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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KENNETH CLARE MCDONALD 1928-2020

Retired Superintendent of School Operations for York Region Board of Education. Born in Stratford, Ontario on October 5, 1928. Son of Frederick and Doris McDonald. Ken died at Southlake Regional Health Centre on February 20, 2020. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert, in 2006.
After graduating from Queens’s University, Kingston, Ken entered the education profession. He chose this because he really wanted to teach and he did teach in many ways almost every day of his life. He epitomized the quote by Robert Frost that “education gives you the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence”.
Ken was a loyal colleague and respectful of his many students. He was an outstanding athlete and loved to read, listen to music, watch sports and golf and dine with his many friends.
His special love always was spending time with his family. He will be loved and missed forever by his wife Pat, his son Murray, grandsons Andrew (Sara) and Jack and great grandson Leonardo. His much loved daughter, Hilarie, predeceased him in 2018.
Family and friends will be received at Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., reception to follow. Memorial donations to “Jumpstart” would be appreciated.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Visitation Room #2
    Address
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    Address
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
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    Officiant
    Pastor Keith Taylor
  • Reception

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Reception Room (Upstairs)
    Address
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
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Don Sherman

Posted at 11:52am
Ken was an honest and true gentleman. May he Rest In Peace . Don. Sherman
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Howard Christie

Posted at 11:13am
My heartfelt condolences. Ken's leadership at Markham District High School during the late 60s and early 70s was outstanding during a period of very rapid growth. I also have fond memories of Hilary and Murray who were students at MDHS during that period. Howard Christie
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Sharon Craigen

Posted at 05:25pm
I had the honour of getting to know Ken when I worked at the board office for a couple of years. I admired and respected his quiet, steady leadership. A true gentleman and scholar.
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Walter Willms

Posted at 09:54am
My sincere condolences. I have many fond memories of Ken as a straight-forward, optimistic fellow educator.
Walter Willms
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