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"CKR" 2006 Obituary


CKRC o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-06 published
MacDONALD, Robert K. " Bob"
'The world has lost a tremendous human being, a loving friend and humanitarian' (S. Jukes, 2 May 2006.) Robert K. (Bob) MacDONALD died May 1 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington at the age of 78. A veteran Canadian broadcaster, 'Mr. Mac' was a retired Vice-President of Armadale Communications. An elementary school teacher by training, he began his broadcasting career in 1950 as an announcer at CFAR in Flin Flon, and later went on to work at CJGX Yorkton and CKCK Regina. At CKRC Winnipeg, he became General Manager, a position he subsequently held at CKOC Hamilton before being named as Vice-President at Armadale in 1988. During the course of his career, he discovered and trained many young men and women who achieved success in prominent positions across Canada. Bob was a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster's Half Century Club and a former president of the Central Canada Broadcaster's Association. He supported and held positions with several charitable organizations including the Arts Council and the United Way of Hamilton. He was a devoted husband to Margaret, cherished father to Sandra and Sara, and beloved 'Grampa' to Christopher. Bob was the 'little' brother of Max MacDONALD of Edmonton and of Glenn MacDONALD and Doreen MORISON, now deceased. He was a unique and special uncle to an extended network of nieces and nephews. Years ago, Bob had the opportunity to speak at length with Pierre Trudeau following a small gathering of broadcasters. Upon leaving Trudeau remarked, 'you are a very interesting man.' For family and Friends, this comment is so indicative of Bob's character and the fact that he never stopped learning, exploring, and helping others. His special humour, gentle nature and unique style will always be remembered with love by family and Friends. We wish to extend our deepest thanks to Gus and Anja SONDERMEYER, to a very caring and compassionate physician, Doctor Kathy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, and to 'Auntie Helen' (MacDONALD.) Bob so appreciated the visits of his many Friends who traveled from near and far to spend time with him during his recent hospitalization. We also want express our sincere thanks to the nursing staff of 5 South and special caregivers, Gabrielle, Uta, Lydia, and Marie. Family, Friends, and former colleagues are invited to a very informal open house in celebration of Bob's life at the family home in Burlington on Saturday, May 27th from 2-5 p.m. If desired, donations in Bob's name may be made to the 'Rebuilding Health in Rwanda Project' at the University of Western Ontario in London (c/o Foundation Western, Alumni Hall, London, Ontario N6A 5B9).

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