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McDonald, John Angus Somerville

John Angus Somerville McDonald, Q.C., beloved husband of 62 years of Ethel Mary Macleod (MacGowan), born at Fort Macleod on Jan. 30, 1914 and died at Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.
He is survived by one son, J.D. Bruce McDonald (Rosa) of Calgary; a daughter, Nancy (Heinz Avigdor) of Stratford, Ont.; granddaughters Meredith of Ottawa and Alison, and their mother Sandra Hunt McDonald, all of Calgary; sister Audrey Fawcett; sister-in-law Isabel MacGowan; cousin Chester Davis (Doris); stepgrandchildren Glen and Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved granddaughter Pamela McDonald in August 2004 and by his parents, Chief Judge J.W. McDonald and Margaret Somerville McDonald.
John graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in 1936 and an LLB in 1939. He was called to the Bar of Alberta on June 17, 1940 and retired from the practice of law on Dec. 31, 1991.
He was a former Crown prosecutor for the judicial district of Macleod as well as official receiver under the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
During World War Two John was Officer Commanding 93rd Battery Royal Canadian Artillery, 18th Field Brigade. He then moved to Calgary in 1945 to assume the position of solicitor for the Rent Control Division of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
He joined the CPR law department in 1946 and continued with that company for 12 years when he returned to private practice in partnership with the late Joe Cohen. John received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 1966.
He was a former president of the Canadian Pacific Officers Association, the Men’s Canadian Club of Calgary and chancellor of the Anglican diocese of Calgary.
The year 1944 would always be John’s most cherished time, when he married the love of his life, Ethel, on April 4, and after the passage of a few years, his happiness would be made complete with the birth of his children, Bruce and Nancy, and then the subsequent birth of his three much-adored granddaughters, Meredith, Pamela and Alison, all the pride and joy of his life.
John was a man of integrity, commitment and compassion, with a quick sense of humour and a fierce love of family. He was so proud and felt so fortunate to have had the love of his family and friends. We have lost a true gentleman, but feel privileged to have known, loved and learned from him.
The family are deeply appreciative of the compassionate professional care given to John by the Foothills Hospital ICY staff.
Funeral services were held at Christ Church, Elbow Park, 3602 Eighth St. S.W. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.

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