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William David MacDonald

William David MacDonald; It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of David MacDonald on January 30, 2012.

David was born in Phoenix, BC on January 2, 1918 to William Russell and Maggie Johnstone MacDonald.

At an early age, in 1924, he moved to Bonnington, BC, where his father was employed in the construction of the West Kootenay Power and Light Co. dams.

He spent his school years living in the company village of West Kootenay Power and Light Co. In 1940 he enlisted in the Canadian army and was deployed overseas to Scotland, where he met and married Henrietta Kellie. After the war, and his discharge David and Henrietta (Rita) moved to the Kootenay area. He became re-employed by West Kootenay Power and Light Co. (now Fortis). He lived in Bonnington until his retirement in 1977, when he and Rita moved to Nelson, where he resided until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Henrietta (Rita) of Mountain Lake Senior Home, in Nelson; sister – M.E. (Betty) Ridge, Nelson, BC; brothers – Gordon (Buz) MacDonald (Norma) Castlegar, BC, Allan MacDonald (Mary), Nelson, BC as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father and mother and a brother, Roy MacDonald.

Dave was well known for his quick wit. He had a wealth of knowledge of the Kootenay area, both past and present. He was always eager to share this knowledge with all. He was very interested in current events, and often wrote letters and poems, voicing his views, to politicans and newspapers. The lucky ones received a ‘one of a kind’ diarama, created by Dave, to graphically express his views.

No funeral, by request. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Dave’s memory may do so to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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