McDonald, Austin Dwight

McDonald, Austin Dwight

June 26th, 2019

We sadly announce the peaceful passing of Austin “Mac” Dwight McDonald, at Henley Place, London, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in his 99th year. Predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Winnifred (née Bannister) (2009). Survived by his only daughter, Irene E. Pollock (Peter) of Thamesford; his granddaughters: Susan Gabriele (Jim Templeton) of Burlington and Catherine Mallick (Marty) of Seattle, Washington. He was “Grandpa-Great” to six great-grandchildren: Mason, James, Evan, Emmy, Samuel and Julia. Austin is also survived by his brother Bud McDonald (Gina) of Walsingham; his half sister Joyce; and many nieces and nephews in the Mcdonald and Bannister families.  Austin was the oldest child of Russell and Irene (née Rush) McDonald of South Walsingham, in Norfolk County. Predeceased by brother Allan, and sisters: Kathleen Bueno, Myrtle Sniveley, and Winona Dorr. After leaving farming in East Williams Township, Austin became a Master Plumber in London, and retired as a Plumbing Inspector for the City of London. In their retirement, Austin and Winnie spent their winters in the Lakeland, Florida area, becoming very proficient at shuffleboard. They won many tournaments and were installed in three different Halls of Fame in Florida and Canada. As members of the Canadian International Shuffleboard Team, they competed in tournaments all over North America and Japan. He leaves quite a legacy of accomplishments in the sport of shuffleboard.  Austin was an active, quiet man who also loved boating, fishing, going for long walks and gardening. Having lived such a long, interesting life, he could always be counted on to offer an opinion on many topics and became very knowledgeable about life in general, and gardening in particular. His flower and vegetable gardens were legendary. He had a very generous nature and was always happy to help his family. We would like to thank the caring staff at Horizon Place and Henley Place for their loving care of Austin in his final years. A funeral service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Interment at Nairn Cemetery, in Nairn, Ontario. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Austin are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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Paul AugustineTo the family: I am saddened with the passing of Austin. Thedford Shuffleboard Club will always remember him.
Pat and Doug McGilvery Chatham OntIrene and Family: Our condolences to the family.Austin had a good long life always spry and ready to go. WE always enjoyed a visit with Jean and Austin. sorry we cannot attend service but thoughts and prayers to the family.
Gary ThatcherCondolences Irene!! I can only imagine the pain that you must be feeling.
James TempletonMy Buddy Autin will be missed. He is the end of an error that demonstrates resilience, perseverance, respect for others and strength to overcome all adversities that life puts in front of us. I applaud the life of this great man who lived life his own way and under his own terms. He was a great example of tenacity, strength and demonstrated the ability to get things done. In a time when people are seeking guidance form life coaches and mentors. Austin lived what others are searching for, he was a man of great depth and perception. A true gentleman/ visionary and a man of men. My heartfelt condolences to Irene and family.
Stan McCormackShuffleboard lost a great human being. I give you but one example of the contributions of the McDonalds. Austin and Winnie McDonald; Two Great Shufflers, Two Great Supporters!! Each year many of us look forward to the CD “Top 8 Masters”! The concept of the District Masters was conceived by Bill Smith, Tournament Director for the Central District. Although conceived in 1987, it was first played in Woodall’s Mobile Home Park in 1988; the following year 1989 in Georgetown Mobile Home Park, both in Lakeland, FL. The sponsor for those first two years was none other than Austin & Winnie McDonald. Not only did the McDonald’s demonstrate their generous support in “88 and 89”, they again sponsored the Pro Masters in 2005 and 2006! Austin won the District Masters 3 Times. He became a member of the OSA HOF in 1995; the FL State HOF in 2000; the CD HOF in 2005; and the CNSA HOF in 2007. During Austin’s Shuffling Careen he earned 1st place in the Central District FL Amateur Champion in 1983 & 1984!! He won the U.S. International Pro Classic “World” Championship Doubles in 1988 while partnering with Russ Dehart!! He won U.S. National Closed Singles at Lakeside OH 1988!! He won FSA State Doubles with partner Clyde Mills 1990!! He qualified for FL State Masters 3 years. He won FL Central District Pro Masters in 1996 and 1997!! He won the Canadian National Expert Singles 3 times!! He won the Canadian National Expert Doubles 3 times!! Austin represented Canada 7 times on the Canadian ISA team!! AUSTIN and WINNIE were inducted into the CD HOF by 1st VP Larry Brown in 2005. Max Tate was the District President. Information for this article taken from the archives of The Shuffler. The Cues of Winnie and Austin were placed in the CD HOF to ensure McDonalds significant contribution received the respect justified. Stan McCormack, FSA Historian.
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