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1933 – 2022

Grant MacDonald, age 89 of Lantz passed away on May 9, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Goldenville, NS, he was a son of the late Wallace and Alice (Mitchell) MacDonald.

As a boy Grant’s family moved to a small farm in Glenelg where sharing the many chores contributed to forming his sense of responsibility and work ethic. This close-knit community is where he would meet the love of his life and future wife, Audrey MacDonald. As a couple they shared 63 years in a beautiful marriage with an unbreakable bond of mutual respect.

With the desire to become a teacher, Grant entered Normal College and later went on to earn a B.Ed. from St. FX and an M.Ed. from the University of Maine at Orono. In recognition of his superior academic performance and sound character during his studies in Maine, Grant was awarded membership into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Grant’s career in education began in a two-room schoolhouse in Glenelg.  After marrying Audrey, they moved to the Valley where he taught at North Queens Rural High, then West Kings High School, beginning many lifelong friendships. He went on to become principal of the high school in Sherbrooke, NS and later Hants East Rural High in Milford. From there he became the Assistant Superintendent, then Superintendent of The Colchester East-Hants District School Board. Following his retirement from education, Grant completed the Canadian Investment Funds Course and worked as a trusted financial advisor with Investors Group for the next nine years.

Grant was a well-respected man of great faith, wisdom, compassion, integrity and generosity. During his 59 years living in Elmsdale and Lantz, he touched countless lives and had considerable impact on the Corridor communities. Grant was a dedicated member of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Elmsdale, serving as an elder and the Clerk of Session for many years. He also served as a founding member of The Heritage Goldenville Society along with several siblings. Having grown up in a musical family, Grant always enjoyed sharing music with others.

Grant will be profoundly missed by his children, Greg (Diane), Debbie and Connie (Gerald) Parker; grandchildren, Tracy (Daniel) Moser, Jesse (Megan) MacDonald, Nicole (Victor) Cadoret, Ryan and Josiah Parker; grandson in-law, Brad Corbett; great grandchildren, Morgan, Mackenzie, Elijah, Ethan, Caleb, Ali, Lily and Alessia; sisters in law, Dorothy Morrison, Jessie MacDonald, Marlene MacDonald, Sharron MacDonald; brother in law, Alex Sutherland; numerous nephews and nieces.

Grant was predeceased by his wife, Audrey; granddaughter, Tammy Corbett; sisters, Helen Archibald, Betty MacKenzie and Joan Sutherland; brothers, Bill, Earle and Ralph MacDonald.

Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie, from where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2022. A livestream of the service will be available.

The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care Grant received from the Infirmary staff of 8.2, VON and the Palliative Care Team.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church, Elmsdale or a charity of one’s choice.

Tributes, words of comfort and memories of Grant may be shared with the family on the funeral home website.

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