It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Douglas “Rugget” McDonald on September 7, 2021, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Doug was born on August 17, 1957, in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, Ontario and is the only child to Florence McDonald.
Doug belonged to the “Atik” (Caribou) clan and his Anishinaabe name is “Shkaabe” (meaning “Helper”). He was a survivor of St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School in Fort Frances, Ontario.
In his earlier life, Doug worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources as a S-200 Firefighter and also at the Kenora Hospital Solvent Abuse Centre Healer’s Assistant (Shkaabe).
Doug was predeceased by his mother, Florence. He is survived by his spouse of 31 years Glendoris Medicine; sons Steven, Jeremy (Toni); and daughters, Heather (Charles), Robyn (Robert), Carrie (Brittany), Vivian, Lauralee; and numerous grandchildren.
The spirit world gained the kindest, gentlest, loving soul and we have lost a wonderful dad, grandfather, partner, companion, and friend. Doug was a loving, caring, compassionate, generous person. He loved to share stories and make people laugh. He had a great sense of humour. Doug had many friends and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation was held on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel on 200 May Street South, Thunder Bay. Those wishing to attend must adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
Funeral service will be on Friday, September 10, 2021, in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation.