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Dr. J. Cameron MacDonald, MD. F.R.C.P.C

Dr. J. Cameron MacDonald, MD. F.R.C.P.C

30 janvier, 1925 - 28 janvier, 2021

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Cape Breton born, Dr. J. Cameron MacDonald MD. F.R.C.P.C, was a radiologist, husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather. He was king of the grand gesture, irreverent to the core and a truly funny and charming soul who  loved to say,with his exaggerated bluster, ”He went to his ETERNAL reward”. He did just that on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in Windsor, Ontario 2 days shy of his 96th birthday. Cam married the love of his life Katie Traynor in Saint John, New Brunswick on July 6, 1949. They met at St. Francis Xavier University and Cam always said that “Katie had the courage to marry me and the stamina to stay with me and loved me more than I ever deserved. Katie is the reason for any and every success I have ever had.” Cam and Katie were married for 72 years.


Katie put Cam through school and after graduation from Dalhousie Medical School they set off on an adventure together. They took over a rural medical practice in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, and the riotous stories ensued. They were 40 miles and a ferry ride from the nearest hospital. Cam looked after 1200 people, delivered 57 babies at home, told time by the tides and got paid in lobster. With 2 toddlers at home Katie decided not to take the ferry to Saint John to have their third baby and the oven door became an incubator for their own this time. Mary Elizabeth “Betts”, was delivered at home and Cam always described her as his “original do-it-yourself project”. In 2008 Cam and Katie turned those stories into an award-winning memoir entitled The Island Doctor.  


Cam lived life to the fullest and he and Katie were an extraordinary team. They moved to Philadelphia where Cam trained in radiology and then off to Windsor for 6 months which turned into 60 years and a lifetime of successful practice in diagnostic radiology. And the door was always open. In a big way. Anybody who needed a safe place to land was welcome at our house and that feeling was omnipresent. It was a great world to grow up in. A world we all choose to emulate. We recognize it in our extended family. Tom Traynor, Katie's brother, continued the tradition. It makes the world a better place.


Cam was a relentless champion of improvement in the world of radiology and mammography standards and training. He succeeded in making a significant contribution to innovations in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer. Cam was also honoured that McMaster University chose his practice to run a study. It was a professional highlight for Cam to work with Dr. Giles Stephenson.


Cam was Chief of Radiology at Windsor Western Hospital. He owned and managed 5 independent X-ray office locations, significantly impacted the world of dental imaging and accelerated the adaptation of sophisticated new technology by bringing state-of-the-art imaging systems, equipment and training to Windsor, Ontario.


Cam was an insatiably curious and lifelong student who continued to take courses at Harvard to stay current in his field and retired from diagnostic radiology only at 92. He loved what he did and adored helping friends and family navigate the complicated labyrinth of medical care. It was his forte. His extensive clinical experience informed his speciality in radiology and for Cam it was all about solving the puzzle. His work was invaluable. From his digital command centre in Windsor he once diagnosed his son-in-law in a Winnipeg ER parking lot. A diagnosis confirmed minutes later by ultrasound. The Winnipeg physicians were grateful and impressed. 


Cam was born January 30, 1925 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to The Hon. Finlay MacDonald, KC, MP for Cape Breton South 1925-35 and Olive Guthrie MacDonald, MA, a teacher of speech. Cameron attended Sydney Academy, St. Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie University Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, Department of Radiology and continued to attend Harvard University both online and in person. 


Cam’s was a life well lived. He was an avid sailor, bon vivant, raconteur and world traveler always ready with a quip and a story or a chorus of Everybody Loves Somebody which he performed hilariously badly. Life was a never-ending lavish party full of laughs. Family and Christmas Eve parties were legendary and any excuse for champagne, Pimms by the pool, an 18 yr old Macallan or swirling a Bloody Mary on the stern of the Princess. We will miss him enormously.


And one more thing. Cam always said that "babies always come on important family days" and in Halifax Emmett Ryan and Brittany Orchard, Cam's grandnephew and his wife, have just welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Hannah Mary into the world and it just so happens that she shares Cam's, her great granduncle's, birthday - January 30th. Cam would be so pleased. And he would insist on a champagne toast! 


Cam leaves his wife, Katie MacDonald, and their 3 surviving children Ellen (Terry MacLeod) of Winnipeg, MB; Mary Elizabeth “Betts” of Windsor, ON;  Michael (Joanne) of Sydney, Australia; 7 Grandchildren: Allison MacDonald (Scott Young) of Toronto, ON, Kit MacLeod of Vancouver, BC, Heather MacDonald of Toronto, ON, Finn MacLeod of Chicago, IL, Lauren McClinton of Toronto, ON,  Cameron M. MacDonald III of Sydney, Aus, Caylen MacDonald of Sydney, Aus; Great Grandchild: Charlotte Young of Toronto, ON; Nephew, Ian MacDonald (Sandra Campbell) of Halifax, NS; Nieces: Kathleen (Caspar Robson) of London, UK, Nanci and Patti Traynor of Toronto, ON; Grandnieces: Sonja MacDonald (Alastair MacNiven) of Halifax, NS, Katherine Ryan-Rankin (Craig) of Halifax, NS, Dana MacDonald of Halifax, NS, Ava Robson of London, UK; Grandnephew: Emmett Ryan (Brittany Orchard) of Halifax, NS;  Great Grandnephews: Finlay Rankin of Halifax, NS., Campbell MacNiven of Halifax, NS.; Great Grandniece: Hannah Mary Ryan of Halifax, NS.; Honourary niece: Mary Pat MacKenzie of Cape Cod; Friends: Bob Clark, Barbara Kersey and Betty McManus. Ellie Wiess expresses love through food and has offered Katie and Cam tender loving care with everything from her delicious butter chicken to her magnificent lasagne. Bertha Escoto, an extraordinary friend and caregiver is the best adopted sister we could hope for and we are grateful she is in our lives. 


Predeceased by his eldest son Cameron MacDonald II (Valerie,Susan) (2009); brother, Senator Finlay MacDonald (Lynn Tremblay, Ann MacKenzie) (2002); father, The Hon. Finlay MacDonald, KC MP(1948); mother, Olive E. Guthrie MacDonald, MA (1974); nephew, M. Finlay MacDonald (2005); niece, Mary Jane MacDonald (Kevin Ryan) (2015).


We would like to thank Dr. Abdullah Aboulisayen and his team including: Rena and Amy of Metropolitan Campus, Windsor Health Authority for their exceptional care.Thanks also to Amanda in communications for connecting Dad to family when we couldn’t meet in person. We are grateful to all of these skilled professionals who were so patient and kind in the face of a very strong-willed fellow physician. 


Funeral service and internment to be scheduled, when it is safe to do so,at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Olde Walkerville, Windsor, ON, Canada. Naturally, a piper will be in attendance.


Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Ships Unit 5-3318 Oak St. Victoria, BC Canada V8X 1R1 https://mercyships.ca/ 


Many years ago, Cam delivered a wee babe on the island and that babe chose a career on the Mercy Ships. That really struck a chord with Cam.


 


Lovingly written by Ellen MacDonald

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Nom Dr. J. Cameron MacDonald, MD. F.R.C.P.C
Date de naissance 30 janvier, 1925
Date de décès 28 janvier, 2021
Ville natale Sydney, NS, CA 
Autre ville Windsor, ON, CA 
Intérêts Sailing, storytelling,
Dicton préféré KEE-rye-st!
Don commémoratif Mercy Ships
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Site commémoratif

Cimetière St. Mary's Anglican Church
Adresse 1983 Mary's Gate St
Windsor ON N8Y 1J8
Canada
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EnfantsEllen MacDonald, John Cameron MacDonald, Michael Thomas MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth "Betts" MacDonald
Frères et sœursSenator Finlay MacDonald
ParentsFinlay MacDonald KC, MP, Olive E. Guthrie, MA
Grands-parentsMichael Gouthro, Malcolm MacDonald, Ellen Donovan, Fnu Cantwell MacDonald
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1949 Cam marries the love of his life Katie Traynor in Saint John, New Brunswick on July 6,
1960 - 2017 Diagnostic Radiologist

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Cheryl Clark a publié un hommage .

Sending the tenderest thoughts of a great man and wonderful family friend for so many years. Very grateful to Dr. Cam for giving me a personal reference which got me the job and long-serving career at the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit. Sincere sympathies to all family members....with love, Cheryl Clark

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Janet Johnson (Leslie) a publié un commentaire .

Dr. MacDonald was a great boss.. We had so much fun working as a team at his office on Ouellette. He was a powerful man but a softy too.. I was blessed to have met him as he gave me my start in life.. He will be missed but anyone that knew him have lots of fond memories like I do and for that he will never be forgotten.

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Harriet Wortley a publié un commentaire .

You summed things up beautifully Janet. Dr. Mac was a great boss and a great friend, He could never be forgotten , many fond memories!

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Dr Charles Gervais a publié un hommage .

Cam was my colleague, my Mentor, a leader in Canadian Diagnostic Radiology and my friend.

I respected his abilities as a Physician, as a community based imaging specialist at the forefront of Canadian digital mammography and breast cancer diagnosis and perhaps most of all - that he always put the quality of care of his patients first- whatever the cost.

He lived in the most amazing century for medical imaging, transitioning from peering at shadows on x-ray film to high resolution digital images on huge monitors.

I was humbled by his sharp mind and ability to personally and professionally evolve as the technology evolved eventually setting up a state of the art imaging workstation at his home decades after so many Radiologists have retired to the golf course.

His respect for and devotion to Katie also served as a blueprint for my own marriage to the love of my life and high school sweetheart, Lena. How they put up with us decade after decade, remains a mystery.

Cam and Katie faced the World together and achieved everything two people could hope for in Life and more.

My memories of Cam have guided me through my own career as a Radiologist, father and husband.

Sleep well Cam, we will see you on the other side.

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Barb White a publié un hommage .

Heartfelt condolences to Katie and the children from Barb White and Larry Letwin

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Bernice Schindler a publié un hommage .

My deepest sympathy to you Katie & your dear family on your loss. I worked with the good Dr. at the hosp. for many years & we partied with the good Dr . at WYC. for many years. Cam was admired by all who knew him , including Dan & I. You can take comfort in knowing that he left many happy memories for us all. RIP.

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Carol Crooks a publié un hommage .

So sorry to hear or Dr. Macdonald’s passing. Both my husband (Alan Johnson) and I very fond memories of Cam and Katie, and many adventures with them sailing at WIndsor Yacht Club. As a eight or nine year old girl sailing up to the north channel was quite memorable as he would wake up, stick his head out of the cabin of his boat and yell “GOOD MORNING WORLD!” As a kid I thought this funny and weird. As an adult I Love and appreciate the humour, truth and joy he exuded. A good example to live by. We both have a number of stories of Cam and Katie shared with and by our parents and families, and friends. He will be remembered for years to come.

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Robert & Janice D'Antonio
We extremely sorry to hear of Cam's passing. He was one of the most good hearted individuals that we have ever known and will be missed. Cam and his family used to come to The Velvet Restaurant on a regular basis and we considered him part of our family.

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Eric Mayne a publié un hommage .

Beautiful tribute to a man I recall from my childhood. I grew up in my grandmother’s home in Walkerville. She was also a MacDonald (unrelated), from Cape Breton, and she held Dr. MacDonald in the highest esteem. Her regard was obviously well-placed as his was truly a life well-lived. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

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Lynn Tremblay Macdonald a publié un hommage .

I am so sorry to hear about the death of Cam. I just heard today through the grapevine. Please accept my deepest condolences. He and Finlay are now together. I send my love to the entire family.

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Ellen MacDonald a publié un commentaire .

Thank you for commenting, Lynn. We've been trying to find you. Thanks so much.

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Cynthia Crozier a publié un hommage .

Our condolences to the MacDonald Family on the sad occasion of Cam's passing. The long time association of our families produced many memorable times over the years.There was a well worn path between 840 & 880 Argyle. MacDonald Christmas Eve parties were legendary ( as were any party ) with Cam excelling as a warm, thoughtful & gracious host. We will always remember his unique laugh which was his signature trademark. His demeanour put you at ease & made you feel comfortable. Cam's ability to spin a good yarn was exceptional, regardless of the subject matter ! What Cam accomplished & packed into his 96 years was indeed a life well lived.Your family was blessed to have had such a patriarch. Cherish those memories.
In the meantime, we will smile as we raise our glasses to toast " The Doc " , as his laugh resonates in our minds.
The Barnes Family Cynthia & Doug, Cam, Sarah & Jim, Kit

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Leslie Barrett-Sanderson a publié un hommage .

Hardie and I are sending our love and sympathy to the extended family. What a beautiful obituary about a very special man. Fond memories for us in Walkerville. Wishing we could give you all a hug.

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Ramona Wilson a publié un hommage .

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I have many cherished memories spent on Argyle Rd Dr MacDonald was always cheerful and welcoming. This tribute was beautiful, and I believe he would be raising a glass of his favorite beverage. I wish you all strength as you go through this difficult time.Sending much love to Mrs MacDonald

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Rob Agnew a publié un hommage .

I am very sorry to hear today of the passing of Dr. J.C. MacDonald. This was a man of great character, loyalty and integrity. He loved helping his patients, he loved his family and he loved life. The Doctor left an indelible mark on all that knew
him... he will be missed!

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Suzanne Rapini a publié un hommage .

It is with extreme sadness that I learn of Cameron’s passing. He was an amazing friend, doctor, and neighbor
To the Bondy Family . He will be dearly missed . To his family I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. With Love,
Suzanne Bondy. ( Rapini )

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Mary Pat Mackenzie a publié un hommage .

Uncle Cam was always great fun to be around and, like his brother Finlay, he told wonderful stories and he loved to make his audience laugh! Even family funerals were an opportunity to share hilarious stories of past adventures and misadventures. No topic was too solemn or sacred to be off the table. There is a lovely quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that describes Cameron MacDonald's approach to life. "The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for new and richer experience." Uncle Cam met that challenge. Love to all the MacDonald family, Mary Pat

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Heather Marshall a publié un hommage .

I fondly remember our parents spending time together-your parents’ wonderful Christmas Eve parties especially. Lots of laughter, lots of tall tales. Thinking of you and yours

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Katherine Cormack a publié un hommage .

Ellen and Terry, what a fabulous life Cam lived and what a mark he made on the lives of so many. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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Val Macdonald a publié un commentaire .

Fair winds and a safe journey Pops. You will always be loved and remembered!

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Robert Clark a publié un hommage .

So long Cam, a genuine friend. Doris and I had the honor to be true friends to Cam Kate Cam Ellen Betts and Mike and always will. Keep on a Starboard Tack skipper. Fare winds and a following sea may grace you and family!

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