It is with appreciation for a life well lived that the family
announces the peaceful passing of Ron MacDonald, of
Fredericton, NB, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on May 5th,
2021. Born in Moncton on September 5th, 1939, he was the son of Victor
and Marjorie (Adams) MacDonald.
Ron’s passion was classical music. An accomplished
violinist, Ron was one of the founders of the now called Fredericton
Symphony and proudly held the title of Concertmaster for 41
years. Ron impacted the lives of many young,
aspiring musicians, as a violin and viola instructor both privately
and at the University of New Brunswick until 2020. Ron also played
viola in Symphony New Brunswick.
Ron became close friends with two of the world’s greatest
violinists: Joseph Szigeti and Alfredo Campoli. He attended
Joseph Szigeti’s 80th birthday party in 1972 at Chateau de
Chillon in Switzerland and often visited Alfredo Campoli in England. A
prized possession of Ron’s was one of Alfredo’s
Ron retired from a distinguished career as Professor of
Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick in 1999. He graduated
from Mount Allison University in 1960 with First Class Honours in
Greek and Philosophy, receiving the Tweedie Gold Medal for the highest
standing in the Faculty of Arts. He was chosen to be one of ten
Canadians to participate in Crossroads Africa where the group
constructed a school in a small village, Locodjoro, on the Ivory
Coast. On return from Africa, Ron attended Dalhousie
University and completed M.A. in Philosophy in 1961 before attending
Pine Hill Divinity Hall Atlantic School of Theology. He
furthered his study of Philosophy at University of Western Ontario
before joining the Philosophy Department at UNB.
Ron will be deeply missed by his family Elisabeth Schaap
MacDonald, Iain (Carey), Megan; grandchildren Sutter, Kaleb Gray and
Jadon Gray, sister Jean Crooks (Roland Crooks) and several nieces and
A memorial concert will be held at a future date.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Ron MacDonald 19392021..
Décès pour la Ville: Fredericton, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick