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Jack Tarves MacDonald

Posted By Egan Funeral Home On April 2, 2021 @ 12:17 pm In Bolton Area,Obituaries | 37 Comments

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On March 29, 2021, Jack Tarves MacDonald, long time resident of Brampton, passed away in his 92nd year at Woodstock General Hospital.  His best friend and beloved wife of 68 years Edna (nee Wilson) was by his side when he peacefully went to sleep.  Jack was one of the founding members of the Chinguacousy Volunteer Fire Department where he went onto serve as a Fire Fighter for 36 years.  He was a retired employee of 25 years with Canadian Tire and 20 years with the LCBO.  He was a long time and faithful member of Mayfield United Church and Ionic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 229, Brampton.  Loving father of Andy and Erin O’Flynn, Wendy and Terry Empey.  Nothing made him happier then to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Cherished Granddad of Amanda Bruce (Kevin), Hayley Weszner (Kyle), Alannah Gillan (Michael), Bret MacDonald (Ashley Morrison) and Great-Granddad of Madison, Blake, Lucas and Ava.  Dear brother of James (Shirley) (both deceased), Scott (deceased), Joan), Shirley Townsend, and Doug (deceased).  Half-brother of Colin (Marie, deceased) and Ian (deceased).  Jack will be sadly missed by his brothers-in-law, Ken (Judy) and Herb and his sisters-in-law, Joanne and Helen.  He will be remembered by his many nieces and nephews.  A game of cards was sure to break out when Jack was around.  He played regularly with the Snelgrove Seniors, Brampton Fairgrounds Group and the Friends at Rosedale Village and of course with his family and friends.  Jack and Edna travelled extensively and visited 56 countries many of them with Lorne and Joanne Wilson.  He was also known for his home grown tomatoes and homemade raspberry jam. 

A private family memorial service will be held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Saturday morning, April 10 at 11 o’clock.  The family invites those who wish to view the service to do so through live streaming at


If  you experience any issues or have any questions in regards to live streaming, please feel free to contact Forget Me Not Ceremonies at 1-877-895-2739. 

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Mayfield United Church or S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation.  

Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com

Condolences for the family of “Jack Tarves MacDonald”

Condolence from Edna Wright on April 2nd, 2021 2:16 pm

Edna and families, Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Remember all the good family times together and trips.
Roy & Edna Wright.

Condolence from Fred Julian on April 2nd, 2021 6:41 pm

Edna and family, so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing , please accept our condolences and deepest simpathy
Agnes and Fred Julian

Condolence from Cindy Morenz on April 2nd, 2021 10:22 pm

Memories of Uncle Jack will be forever etched in all hearts of those who knew him. He is now with his brothers watching over the entire Clan. ❤ Much love from niece Cindy, and nephew Johnny at this difficult time.

Condolence from Sandra Elmslie on April 2nd, 2021 10:59 pm

Edna and family
My condolences to you and your family
Jack will be missed

Sandra Elmslie

Condolence from Norma Jean Thompson on April 3rd, 2021 9:35 am

Jack can be best described as faithful. No matter what he was involved in, you could count on Jack! Even, most recently, he would quietly appear when it was time to set up the Christmas lights in the church windows! His entire family and so many friends have been touched by his strong silent presence in our lives when there was a job to be done. The most outstanding example of his faithfulness, is the love for his true sweetheart, Edna.
Jack is singing with the angels now!
Norma and Rob Thompson

Condolence from Susanne Green on April 3rd, 2021 10:34 am

Edna and Family, We are sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. May your memories give you comfort.
Susanne & Dan Green, John and Ron Lindsay

Condolence from Susan Goring on April 3rd, 2021 9:35 pm

Edna, Wendy, Andy & Family,
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your memories will keep him in your hearts forever.

Condolence from Muriel Cox on April 4th, 2021 8:33 am

My deepest sympathy to you Edna and your family on the passing of your beloved husband Jack. May the memories you shared offer comfort at this difficult time. We miss you in Rosedale.

Muriel Cox

Condolence from Lorna Jenkinson on April 4th, 2021 11:02 am

My sincere sympathy to you and all your family, Edna. May all your wonderful memories of the good times you had together help you through this very sad and difficult time. He was a wonderful person and he sure loved a game of cards.

Condolence from Cathy Field on April 4th, 2021 11:23 am

Dear Edna and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences. We’ve only known you both for 8 years but wish we had known you longer. Jack was always the quiet one but he never missed a beat. Our hearts go out to all of you. Cathy and Stuart

Condolence from Mary Ellen Jefferson on April 4th, 2021 4:56 pm

Edna and Family
So sorry to hear about Jack. He will be missed at the Jefferson Reunions – I always enjoyed talking to you both. He had a great smile for everyone.

Condolence from Julie Collishaw on April 4th, 2021 7:48 pm

Aunt Edna, Wendy, Andy, and Family,

We are so sad to hear of Uncle Jack’s passing, we have wonderful memories of playing ‘ringo’ in your basement ❤️

Julie, Jamie, Andy, and Sam

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Condolence from Paul and Judith Turner on April 4th, 2021 8:41 pm

It was sad to learn of Jack’s passing. We have fond memories from back at Mayfield and the choir parties. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time. Sincerely Judith and Paul Turner

Condolence from jessie powers on April 5th, 2021 10:15 am

Edna, my deepest condolences to you & family on the loss of your husband Jack. He was a very good card player when last we played euchre. Rest in peace.

Condolence from Bob Cook on April 6th, 2021 9:20 am

We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Jack was a good friend and neighbour in Snelgove. Our thoughts are with the family.

Bob & Cynthia Cook

Condolence from Judy Grant on April 6th, 2021 10:02 am

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Jack.

From the family of the late Harold and Bessie Cook

Condolence from jean armstromg on April 6th, 2021 10:21 am

To Edna,Andy Wendy and families

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We all have fond memories of times spent with you.

Always treasure the love you share, Jean, Don, Scott and Rosemarie, Shirley and Steve

Condolence from Boyd Finger on April 6th, 2021 2:56 pm

I am very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing.

I enjoyed my time on the Caledon Fire Service with Jack.

My thoughts go out to his wife and family during these difficult times.

Boyd Finger

Condolence from Deryck Dodwell on April 6th, 2021 4:23 pm

Edna and Family

I am sincerely sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My condolences to you, Edna and your family.
Jack will be missed

Condolence from Gail Chaisson on April 6th, 2021 5:07 pm

Edna & Family
I am so sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I will always remember him as a very pleasant man, enjoyed playing a game of Euchre with him as a partner. Rest Peacefully Jack!! Hugs to you Edna.

Condolence from Glenda richardson on April 6th, 2021 6:45 pm

Edna and family
Very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing.
Remember the good times and smile…
Thinking of you
Ken and Glenda Richardson & family

Condolence from Ruth Wiggins on April 8th, 2021 5:45 pm

Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Joyce and Ruth Wiggins

Condolence from Linda Favalaro on April 8th, 2021 7:02 pm

So sorry for your great loss Edna. I remember Jack very well. Great card player with a dry wit. Snelgrove Seniors will miss him. Prayers to you and your family.

Regards, Linda Favalaro

Condolence from Barrie Manser on April 9th, 2021 7:26 am

Edna and Family,

Jack was a key part of my introduction to volunteer firefighting and life in Snelgrove some 40 years ago. Those lessons learned will last a lifetime.

Our deepest condolences.

Barrie and Mary Manser

Condolence from Mary and John Watson on April 9th, 2021 12:43 pm

John and I send our sincere sympathy to you ,,Wendy, and family,,, and Andy and family
John and Mary Watson

Condolence from Lloyd Paul on April 9th, 2021 2:15 pm

Remembering Jack and his faithfulness as part of the church family at Mayfield United Church.
Grateful for the privilege of having known Jack.
We send our love to Edna.
Pat has fond memories of Jack as a ‘puzzle partner’.
Until we meet again my friend.
Lloyd & Pat

Condolence from Allan and Anne Thompson on April 9th, 2021 8:14 pm

May the wonderful memories of a life well lived wrap your family in a loving embrace to comfort and sustain you in the coming days, weeks and months ahead. We are grateful to Jack for his service to our community. Your family remain in our hearts and prayers.

Condolence from Fatima and Emanuel Machado on April 9th, 2021 9:01 pm

Dear Edna and family. Our deepest condolences to you, your children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren on Jack’s death. We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a pleasant person to be with and he will be greatly missed by many. We miss you in Rosedale, it has been different without you. Our prayers are with you and may God bless you all now and always.
Sincerely, Fatima and Emanuel.

Condolence from James Rowland on April 9th, 2021 10:45 pm

Dear Edna, Andy, Wendy and families,
I noticed the Town of Caledon lowered flags to half mast in honour of Jack’s many years on Snelgrove Volunteer Fire Service. A very nice gesture that caused me to reflect back to Snelgrove Baptist Church. This church had a small congregation at the best of times, but when the fire siren went off, half the congregation left to respond, Jack being one. Chinguacousy Fire Department had both a fire truck pumper and an ambulance and these guys unselfishly manned both using very primitive equipment. Edna will remember all the volunteers, I recall Lorne Wilson, Bert Snell, George Mitchell, Earl MacArthur, John Newhouse. Forgive me if I missed anyone….. remember, I was just a kid. Well, that kid grew up and joined the Chinguacousy Volunteer Fire Department and for 22 years stood with Jack and the others as our hall survived the merger in to the Region of Peel and our hall is now Caledon Fire Service Stn 307.
Over the past 60 years there have been of lot of fond MacDonald/Rowland memories created and some times it takes a life event like Jack’s passing to make you appreciate them all. We go a long ways back!
We extend our deepest condolences to all of you at this very difficult time.
Hugs and love, Jim, Bente Jennifer and Stephanie Rowland

Condolence from Heidi Wilson on April 10th, 2021 8:56 am

Dear Aunt Edna, Wendy, Andy, and families,

Our deepest condolences to you. Uncle Jack was so loved and will be missed by so many friends and family. We fondly remember all the great stories of his travels and adventures, and the epic card games.

Love Heidi, Chadwick, Douglas, Alexis and Helen

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Condolence from Doug Tennant on April 10th, 2021 11:17 am

My condolences to Aunt Edna and the family Uncle Jack was a good man.

Condolence from Mandy Gould on April 10th, 2021 11:18 am

Sending our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jack MacDonald on behalf of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services Station 305 Inglewood.

Condolence from Mike Hasz on April 10th, 2021 8:05 pm

Edna, Andy, Wendy and Families
Very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing
Many memories! Jack will be missed!
Our Deepest Condolences!
Mike and Cathy Hasz

Condolence from John and Ruth Downey on April 11th, 2021 11:21 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories.

Condolence from Pat Mein-Shields on April 11th, 2021 11:34 am

I have so many memories of you and Jack while we were on our excursions with many Rosedale Village residents. I shall miss seeing you and chatting at Coffee Mornings but look forward to seeing you on Zoom worship services.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
We were able to recall so many things my husband said and did over the years and we stop and laugh as we identify many things that still happen that bring back Bill to us. I am sure this will also happen with your family and friends.

Condolence from Rick Jefferson on April 11th, 2021 2:47 pm

Edna, Wendy, Andy and families…sincere condolences to you on the loss of Jack. I always enjoyed talking with you and Jack at the annual Jefferson picnic.

Condolence from George and Cathy-Lou Newhousr on April 12th, 2021 10:48 am

Thinking of you all at this time, with fond memories of Jack.
May your special memories bring you peace.
With Condolences,
The Newhouses

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