MacDonald, Marven

MacDonald, Marven

December 30th, 2015

At Victoria Hospital, on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, surrounded by his family, Mr. Marven G. MacDonald of London in his 80th year. Loving husband of 57 years to Helen (Lake) MacDonald.  Cherished Dad of Ron (Susann) and Lloyd MacDonald all of London.  Dear brother of Floyd (Joyce) MacDonald of Canning, Nova Scotia.  Proud Pappy of Drew and Kailie, Annalise and Steven.  Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Frank Mantz officiating.  Cremation and interment of ashes at Dorchester Union Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marv are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program.  

Charitable donations may be made to:

Please click here to send a donation notification to the family    Order Flowers  

Book of Condolences

Phil & Donna CrosbyHelen & Family We just want you to know that we are really sorry to hear about Marv, he was a wonderful friend and was cherished by everyone who knew him may he rest in peace.
Jeff, Lisa & Jason PreeceHelen. We are truly sorry to hear about Marv. Marv was a great man and he will be truly missed and will always be remembered. Our condolences.
Wayne and Judie PreeceHelen we are so sad for you to hear of Marv's passing. I will always remember his great sense of humor and his great laugh.
Ed & Paulette LaporteDear Helen and family Our sincere prayers and condolences in your sadness today. Marv was a good friend and comrade and will be missed forever. Airborne
Sandy McQuarieHelen, I am devastated by the news. Marvin was a great soldier and did The Regiment proud. He will be missed! My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Trapper Cane CDA Great Soldier, he always lead by example showing us the way forward. Our CAV Organization was honoured to know him..... A Great Canadian.
Paul and Linda CurtisOur sincere condolences. He will be greatly missed. RIP Marvin. Pro Patria
May Korobko (Dykeman)My heart is filled with sadness. He was the best surrogate dad a girl could ever have. He was always kind, funny and fun-loving. He will be missed. Hugs and kisses to all of you from your Alberta family.
George MyatteMarv, It is hard to believe you have left us. You will certainly be missed at the Royal Canadian Regiment functions. As a young soldier I looked up to you as a role model of what a Canadian soldier should be. God bless my thoughts are with you and family.
Ben MurdockMy sincere condolences to Marvin's family, he was a great soldier,and Marv will be missed by all his Airborne friends, Airborne
Susan MooreHelen My sincere heart felt sympathy to you & your Family, Marv was an amazing man. Many fun memories at Branch 513. All my love, hugs & strength. RIP Marv you will be missed more than you know.
Bob Mahar Marvin was the epitome of what a soldier is meant to be. A true Gentleman with an enduring sense of humor, he commanded the respect of all who knew him. An icon in both the RCR and the Airborne community, CWO Marvin will be missed by all who knew him. Pro Patria, Airborne
Alan GillardTo all family,,Sending deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts your way. Marvin you will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved you. May time ease the pain that no words can,,RIP Marv ..God Bless .
Kendra SchaefferAunt Helen I am so sorry to hear the loss of Uncle Marven! I wish we could have spent a lot more time together! Just want you to know that we're all thinking of you here back home. And Uncle Marven I will always remember you having the best moustache ever! Much love to all of you xoxo
Captain Darren Lee - Commanding Officer 631 Squadron Sorry to hear of the loss of Marv. He played an integral part at Remembrance Day parades in Dorchester during my service as a Cadet and Officer of 201 Squadron. A proud honourable Veteran and mentor. He will be missed and definitely not forgotten.
Cheryl MartinDear Helen, Lloyd, Ron, and Family, We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Marv, and tremendously blessed to have known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cheryl, Michael, John and Julia
Joe AitchisonA great friend and the epitome of a soldier. The world has become a poorer place with his passing. My sincere condolences to the family.
Don JazeyI knew Marv, but then anyone who has served over the past 50+ years has heard of him. He was a great soldier and we will all miss his professionalism and tremendous sense of humour. Pro Patria
Lew EvansWhat a terrific soldier he was. A truly sad passing.
Leo BoydHelen, My sincere condolences to you and your family. Marv was very good friend, we served together in London 83-86 and in Cyprus in 1985. I felt blessed to be able to call him my friend. He will be greatly missed and always remembered as a true friend, an outstanding soldier and a great Canadian. "Airborne" and "Pro Patria" R.I.P Marven
Pat HuardPlease accept my sincere condolences. I didn't know him well, however; he was the Sergeant Major at CABC Edmonton AB, in Nov/Dec 1982 when I was on my jump course . He would give an inspirational speech at the end of every day boosting our morale, which I remember to this day. After day one he showed up with a large box of A535 for everyone and in his loud SM voice he made sure that we passed the box around and that got a tube and knew to use it. It's funny the thing that you remember. Such a simple act, but it showed me what type of person he really was. He personified not only an Airborne Soldier but a great and decent human being. Good Bless you jumper.
Ian NicolMarv and I served together in the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton in the early 70's and I was always struck by his professionalism, intent to always do the "right thing," and of course, his wry sense of humour. Rest easy good soldier. Airborne.
Bonnie Wood HarrisHelen and family, so sad to hear of Marvens passing. He was a good friend and listener and was always willing to help me out at the Sunoco Gas Station (now the Petro Canada) at 1790 Ernest Avenue. Whether he just dropped by for a chat or eager to help me shovel the snow in the wintertime, it was always a pleasure to see him. How I have missed his home baked apple pies that he used to bring me in for a taste test and his moustache that he always had so well groomed . He will be deeply missed and rest in peace Marven. God bless.
Fred LouthersMy Condolences to the Family. R.I.P. Marvin, PRO PATRIA
Don McKelvayI was shocked to hear of Marv's death and sadly will not be able to attend his funeral as we are in Texas. Each of us who knew this wonderful man, great soldier and engaging friend will miss him immensely. Helen our prayers are with you.
The CWO Bobby Girouard Alberta Branch - RCR AssociationOur Sincere Condolences to the MacDonald family. Every life Marven touched throughout his life was like a ripple on a pond. He will not be forgotten. Pro Patria.
John PearmanHelen and the MacDonald family. My sincere condolences on the loss of Marv as we date back to 1966. He was a great soldier and will remain always........ Ellen and John Pearmanj Pro Patria
Linda Turner-JohnstonMy sincere condolences Helen. I will miss Marv. He was so good to me when we worked in Headquarters at CFB London. And when I found out he was living next door to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Trudy I was so happy to see him again. He will certainly never be forgotten.
Pat HuardPlease accept my sincere condolences. I didn't know him well, however; he was the Sergeant Major at CABC Edmonton AB, in Nov/Dec 1982 when I was on my jump course . He would give an inspirational speech at the end of every day boosting our morale, which I remember to this day. After day one he showed up with a large box of A535 for everyone and in his loud SM voice he made us pass the box around and ensured that everyone got a tube and knew to use it. It's funny the things that you remember. Such a simple act, but it showed me what type of person he really was. He personified not only an Airborne Soldier but a great and decent human being. God Bless you jumper.
Marilyn Thorpe PettingaMy family and I send our sincere condolences on your loss. I know my father and brother (Edgar and Ken Thorpe of Scotts Bay) also send their condolences. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. Marilyn & Kyle, Ben, Nigel, and Josh Pettinga Edgar and Ken Thorpe
Jim Gladwish No finer Soldier W e really enjoyed our time in the Regiment PRO Patria
BJ MacLean (Rusty)( BJ)My deepest condolences to the MacDonald family. Marven was a great man and a great leader. I served with him and cherish those memories, him giving me advice on leadership to funny quips he had on me and others. He was a proud member of the Regiment and he instilled that sense of pride in others. Marv was always ready to go the extra mile for others. I will miss him but will never forget him. Stand Down Marv, your watch is over. Rest in Peace my friend. Pro Patria BJ
crystal banks (schaeffer)Aunt helen so sorry to hear of uncle marven's passing thinking of you here in Nova Scotia
Gary B. Oliver Captain (Ret'd)To Marv's family my condolences for the lost of a great soldier/paratrooper. Fair Winds and Soft Landings my friend. Airborne!
Al and Sue GilroyOur deepest condolences from our family to Helen and the rest of the MacDonald family. We were saddened to hear of Marv's passing. He is fondly remembered by our family. He was a great neighbour and a wonderful friend. We always cherished the memories of the times he helped by looking after the younger kids while I ran the oldest one to kindergarden , cutting our grass so I didn't have to do it :), and just being Marv.....someone to count on when needed. We were blessed on having to have known him. My you treasure the memories and love that Marv shared. He will always be fondly remembered. Love Al, Sue, Kailey, Kyra, & Kurt
Joanna MudgeDear Helen and family, My sincere condolences to you during this very difficult time. I only had the honour of knowing Marven for a short time but his smiles and laughter will be sadly missed.
Charlene SpectorMy deepest condolences to you Mrs. MacDonald and your family, your husband will be missed at our annual London Walk for ALS. Marv was such a joy at our summertime Walk Kick Off event, joking and having a good time with his buddies. What a beautiful photo of him, says so much about him. On behalf of the ALS Society of Canada, we certainly appreciated his long time support for our ALS families in our community. He will no doubt be greatly missed by many. Wishing you peace in your hearts during this difficult time. Warm regards, Charlene, Regional Manager, ALS Canada
Elisabeth and Dave EastmanHelen, Lloyd, Ron, and Family. We are sorry to hear about Marv. He was the best neighbor that anyone could ask for. You couldn't ask for a better man who was always willing to lend a hand. We always knew that he had a good watch on all of us, making sure all was good. We always got a smile on our face when we saw him and enjoyed all of the laughs that we had together. He will be missed.
Roy Ellis. deepest condolences to the MacDonald family.Will always treasure the many memories with Marv.His presence will be sorely missed by both the military ans civilian community.RIP old friend!
JOHN AND ANNE MARRDEAR HELEN ANNE AND I EXTEND OUR HEART FELT CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND THE FAMILY. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF MARV AND OUR TIMES TOGETHER IN EDMONTON AND LONDON OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. JOHN AND ANNE
Karen Black"Sprout", I am so sorry to hear about Marv, he was a character unto himself and a very nice man. I am glad to finally know where my fellow hockey player is to! Its been an awful lot of years that we played at playing hockey. I am down here in Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, send me an e-mail if you can, it would be great to talk to you again! Karen
Art TompkinsMarv was a GREAT SOLDIER, we served together for many years I can think of many stories but my fondest MEMORY was our Summer together in the high Artic on one of the Summer New Viking Excises He was the C.Q.M.S. for the coy. We did not want for anything May he R.I.P. My Deepest Condolences To The MacDonald Family
TERRY MUGFORDSincere condolences Helen and family. Marv was an outstanding "Royal" & "Airborne" soldier and an example for all who served and associated with him. He will be truly missed! "Pro Patria" TJPM
Ron and Dorothy MacKinnonRon and Dorothy MacKinnon offer our sincere condolences to Helen and family for the loss of your husband Marven. He was not only an outstanding solder but also a outstanding FAMILY MAN. He was made of the right stuff. R. I. P. Marven.
Stan and Ann PilkieHelen and Family, our sincere Condolences on the passing of your husband Marvin. He was a great soldier, a great man and was well liked by all who knew him. May he R.I.P.
Chuck PreeceMy thoughts and prayers are with you today Helen. When I try to think of the many great ways to describe the years that you and Marv were a "part of our family", it is too many to even imagine. He will be greatly missed. God Bless. Chuck & Sandi
Mark BogackiMy condolences to Marv's family, relatives, and close friends. The sheer numbers of those already passing along their memories of Marv testify of a life well lived. He brought smiles to everyone he encountered and brought out the best in us as well. He will be missed, though who he is and what he has done will never be forgotten. God bless!
Bill MackayHelen and family, I had the pleasure of serving along side Marv for many years, he will be remembered as a soldier, comrade a gentleman and a friend. his passing will be a great loss to the regiment,. My prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. PRO PATRIA
David NolanServing with CWO MacDonald was a pleasure. His attitude was always positive, his advice diplomatic and coupled with his great sense of humour, always well received. He was a forthright and reliable soldier who will be be remembered as his approach to his profession was exemplary and his friendship gratifying. He will be sorely missed. Pro Patria
sam meddouiWe owe our freedoms of choice and action to people like Mr. McDonald who have served our Country and its interests in time of need. Thank You for your service. R.I.P Mr. McDonald. :)
Hardy WheelerSo sad to hear of Marv's passing. He was an exemplary soldier with an infectious sense of humour who made everyone, regardless of rank, perform better. Pro Patria & Airborne.
Richard CowlingA fine soldier and a gentleman in every sense of the word. It has been my privilege to have been acquainted with this man of courage, honour and decency.
Georgiana StanciuIt is with deep sadness that I heard the sad news of Marv's passing. His spirit and presence made a difference and he will be much missed at The RCR Museum. My sincerest condoleances and may he rest in peace. Pro Patria.
John ClarkeHelen. Please accept my deepest condolences. Marv was a superb soldier and a wonderful friend.my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gwen HuntleyHelen and family: You don't know me but I have lived in Scott's Bay all my life. I remember Marven. I have school pictures with him in them taken at the school in Scott's Bay. He was near my brother Jim Huntley's age. I would like to send condolences to you and the family from all that knew him in the Bay. Looking at the messages you have received; it appears that he was well loved and respected. I knew your dad and was his nurse at one time in the old BFM Hospital in Kentville. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May he RIP. Sincerely yours, Gwen Huntley
Bud and Emily JardineHelen, Please accept our sincere condolences. Marv was an inspiration to all Royal's. His loyalty,devotion and professionalism was displayed in everything he did. We enjoyed his sense of humours and have very fond memories. Fair Winds and soft landings Airborne Pro Patria
CWO(Ret`d) Robie WoodworthHelen please accept our most sincere condolences. Both you and your family and Marv's Regiment, as well as all the members of the forces who ever served with Marv will feel the loss. He was without doubt one of the finest soldiers ever to serve our Country. We shall always remember the "good times" we had together through- out our lives whenever our paths crossed. Stand Easy Marv. Pro Patria. Robie and Faith.
Bruce ArchibaldAn exceptional man and leader. It was my privilege to have served with Marv over the years in the Airborne and The Regiment. I couldn't have asked for a better RSM. His leadership and council were superb.
Terri MoorDearest Helen and Family, It is with great sadness that I learn of Marv's passing and your loss. I so looked forward to his visits and his amazing stories. Always a gentleman to say the least and always a smile on his face especially when speaking of you and your family. It is amazing how much one man can give of himself and how much he can inspire others to give as well, myself included. I will cherish our friendship forever and think of him often and smile. Warmest regards.
Add Your Condolences
Archives