Bill was born and raised in Montreal and predeceased by his parents, Walter and Jessie MacDonald and his nephew Graeme McEwen. Bill leaves behind his wife Lynn, his daughter Kirsten MacDonald (Jesper) and his grandchildren William, Theo, his sister Boo McEwen (Wesley) and their children Tina McEwen, Cameron McEwen (Karen) and his twin sister Wilma Donald and her children Bill (Sandy), Jeff (Anita) and Joanne and many grand nieces and nephews.
As a young boy watching the Canadians play at the Forum in Montreal, Bill developed a lifelong passion for sports. He played football and became an accomplished skier, but, as his need for speed developed, automobile racing entered his life. Bill competed on tracks in Canada and the eastern USA winning a Quebec Sedan Championship and was twice named Canadian Driver’s Association Champion. He went on to become a Senior Racing Instructor for Canada, helped design the race course at Mont-Tremblant, and then became involved in Formula 1 racing.
Bill met Lynn in Toronto in 1980 and they married shortly thereafter. They were inseparable. Bill especially adored his grandchildren William and Theo and although they lived far away in Hong Kong, then Connecticut and now Denmark, he loved to hear about all of their activities. He introduced them to motor racing by sending them to a professional driving school – even though they were only 12 and 7 years of age!
Bill also was so extremely proud of his daughter Kirsten’s business accomplishments and respected her ability to balance her business life with a successful marriage to Jesper and raising two wonderful boys.
Bill took his dedication and enthusiasm into the business world. He was one of the original 25 employees of Petro Fina in Canada, however, his interest shifted to office equipment. As the branch manager of AB Dick in Montreal for many years, he was then recruited in 1976 to O.E. Ltd., the Canon business products distributor in Toronto where his team-building and leadership skills were welcomed and respected. Many of those he hired and mentored are still with the company and maintained contact with him over the years, even after he retired to Victoria in 1990.
Retirement didn’t suit Bill, so, in 1992, he transferred his vast energy into a successful real estate career with his wife Lynn at Sutton Group West Coast Realty and they became top realtors.
As a loyal friend, Bill maintained connections going back to his childhood, yet he still cultivated new friendships and made everyone feel equally valued. Bill enjoyed 25 years with the Gyro Club of Victoria where, during his tenure as membership chair, he introduced many people to the club.
His family doctor, Peter Meyer, truly went above and beyond in the loving and compassionate care of Bill. His dedication is deeply appreciated.
Until the very end, Bill was enthusiastic and positive. He held Lynn’s hand as he gently passed away with a peaceful smile.
At the end of a day, Bill liked to settle back with a cognac and a touch of jazz. It would take him back to the clubs of Montreal where he hung with the likes of Oscar Peterson and Louis Armstrong. So, if you knew Bill or would have liked to have known him, take a moment to pour a libation of your choice, sit back and remember our friend…. Cheers!
In lieu of flowers, Bill wishes were that you may consider making a donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation, BC Lupus Society, Parkinson’s Society or the MS Society.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Bill William F MacDonald May 17 1935 – July 5 2018.source