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William David Macdonald

January 2, 1918 - January 30, 2012


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 politicians 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.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Fred & great friendBernadine Swetlikoe
Relation: Friend

Davey–We cherished your knowledge of WKP&L and the surrounding area. Your stops at our place when you were walking your dog around the neighborhood will never be forgotten. Thank you for your words of wisdom in 1992, pertaining to the pension plan that we now have today. We will miss you–and your bantering. Davey–REST IN PEACE

From: Kris Landy
Relation: dear friend of my dad and I.

My heart goes out to Buzz and Al, and Betty. WD was my favorite patient, and I loved all his stories about my dad. I also was lucky enough to get a candle in a can and other homemade gadgets from him. He will be missed. Thinking of you and your family!

From: Milt & Donna Goddard
Relation: Good friend

I have known Dave since the 1950’s when he lived in Bonnington where the oldtime Conservation officer and I would stop for coffee and look at all of his old rifles and pistols which he had collected over the years. Whenever Dave was in town he would stop in our office and tell us stories about the old days. We would all stop and listen, so the stories got better every year, especially the ones about the Nelson Power Plant. As the years passed and I became responsible for the old Townsite of Fort Steele, I then realised that Dave gave many things to this historic village. He rebuilt several one lung motors into working condition so the Park could set up an active display of the motors. Almost every year he would find some old equipment which he would repair and donate to Fort Steele One of is most significant donations was a number of his old rifles from his collection. Several of these are on display in the museum and thoughout other several displays in many of the other stores, buildings and hotels.
Dave kept in good contact with Donna and me , so we would meet him for coffee, or visit at the mall, or speak on the phone for hours. Dave was a great friend to many in this community and was a great historian for Nelson. God Bless Him. Donna and Milt Goddard

From: Sandra (McDonald) Seminoff
Relation: Friend

Dave was a friend of my Dad’s & his parents friends of my Grandparents. I always enjoyed meeting Dave, his stories were awesome & his recall of events truly amazing. You are missed Dave!

From: Michael McClenaghan
Relation: friend of family

Have fond memories as a youngster growing up in Bonnington. Dave worked with my dad, Neil, at WKP. The photo of Dave with his trademark hat is how I remember him. I’m sure he will be missed by all….what a journey he had up to 2012.

Mike McClenaghan & family

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