Malcolm McDonald, beloved husband of Carol Ann McDonald passed away November 30, 2019 at his home in Carberry, Manitoba at the age of 74 years.
McDONALD: Malcolm Neil McDonald, March 6, 1945-November 30, 2019. Malcolm was born March 6th, 1945 in Brandon, MB to Sam and Doris McDonald of Pleasant Point. Malcolm was a beloved husband, dad, papa and great papa. He is survived by his wife Carol Ann, daughters Annette (Steve), Marcy (Jeff) and Nicole. Grandchildren Ashley (Bryce), Cody (Bec), Jesse, Taylor and Tyler. Great grandson Brody Malcolm and a second great grandson Blake on the way. Brother Nelson (AJ), sister Jeanette, brother-in-law John (Pat) Watts and sister-in-law Lynn Watts (Brian). His parents Sam and Doris McDonald predeceased Malcolm. Malcolm married Carol Ann on June 24th, 1967 and together they raised three beautiful daughters. In 1967, Malcolm and Carol Ann began farming potatoes and grain until the early 1990’s when they retired. After retiring, Malcolm enjoyed helping Conway and Troy Reynolds for 15 years. He would help them with seeding and harvesting. Malcolm always enjoyed playing and coaching sports. He loved playing baseball, curling and golf. If you have ever been in Malcolm’s home you know that his achievements in all these sports are simply amazing as trophies and plaques cover the walls. Malcolm started coaching the Carberry Royals in 1970 and retired in 1985. They won five titles in 6 years, 1979-1984. Many Victory Celebrations were held at Malcolm’s home with the Royals, pool parties and barbecues. Malcolm and team were inducted in to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame June 2009. This was Malcolm’s proudest sports achievement in life; in fact, he was still making sure people saw the trophy just days before he passed. Malcolm passed on his skills, competitiveness and knowledge of baseball to his girls and grandchildren. He encouraged them to play hard and to be the very best they could be. He loved following his girls and grandchildren everywhere to watch them play games and compete in the Provincials. Curling was another sport he enjoyed. Malcolm made many friends along the way and always had interesting and funny stories to share with us about his curling days. Malcolm passed his curling skills down to his girls and grandson Jesse. He encouraged them to be competitive but at the same time enjoy the game of curling. Golf was a sport that Malcolm enjoyed. Malcolm’s proudest achievement was when he made a hole in one at the Carberry Golf Course on #5 hole. He still has that golf ball in a trophy. He was also very proud of being on the winning team at the Clear Lake Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity Golf Tournament in 1997. Malcolm golfed many years with the legends or as he referred to them as “the old boys!” As the years moved, forward Malcolm enjoyed every morning at the Carberry Golf Course having coffee with all the “old boys.” The stories he would come home with and tell us from his coffee mornings were hilarious to listen too. Malcolm continued to enjoy his coffee mornings up until 6 weeks ago. Malcolm’s passion for hunting was #1; he loved chasing the elusive big buck! He achieved that goal in 1993 with a buck that scored 213 1/8 making the Manitoba Big Game Record Book. Malcolm always had the knack for finding the big bucks; in fact, he has nine magnificent trophy bucks on the walls of his home. This does not even take into account the amount of horns that he has in his shop, shed and hunting cabin. This was the first year Malcolm did not purchase a hunting license since he was 12. Malcolm passed on his hunting passion and marksmanship to his daughter Marcy and grandsons Cody, Jesse and Tyler. In 1984 Malcolm, along with his dear friends, Gary Vidnes, Rick Willson, Anne Reddon, Gary Crellin and brother-in-law John Watts moved a hunting cabin into the woods. Many years of hunting, stories, singing and laughter were spent at this cabin. This cabin was still a favorite place to go for Malcolm and he will be missed so much by everyone that continues to enjoy this little hideaway. Malcolm’s son-in-law, Steve, spends countless days at the hunting cabin and continues to ensure everything is taken care of for Malcolm. Malcolm and Carol Ann enjoyed going down south to their winter home in Weslaco, Texas for 15 years. Malcolm played fastball for about 11 years in Texas. He loved keeping track of his homeruns! In fact, every time he called home the conversation would start with “guess how many homeruns I hit today?” Malcolm and Carol Ann enjoyed golfing down south and made many friends along the way. Malcolm, dear husband, dad, papa and great papa left us 2 weeks after he was diagnosed with ALS in his favorite chair at his home he lived in for 52 years surrounded by his loving family, which was his wish. Every day we visited with dad he would always have a big smile on his face and tell us everything will be okay as he hugged us. In the last few days of his life, he watched the Bombers win the Grey Cup with his grandson Tyler and beloved wife. Malcolm was so happy when they won after 29 years. He had a $5 bet with his friend Gary Vidnes that the Bombers would win. Oh my was he happy to win that 5 bucks from Gary! Every time we visited him, you could guarantee he was watching sports, baseball, football, hockey and curling. Malcolm was the most loving, caring man anyone could meet and he would give you the shirt off his back. He made sure his wife, daughters and grandchildren were well looked after and had everything they needed. He protected his family and will continue to protect his family going forward. One final comment about Malcolm if you ever needed to know who won the World Series and Stanley Cup for decades past all you needed to do was ask him. Rest in Peace my dear sweet husband, dad, papa and great papa! We will meet, talk and laugh again! We miss you so much and love you dearly. Donations can be made to: Monster Buck Club Carberry, MB, R0K 0H0, Website: www.monsterbuckclub, (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Manitoba, 2A-1717 Dublin, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0H2. Website: alsmb.ca.
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