Shawn James McDonald, of Stratton, Ont., passed away tragically at the age of 42 as a result of a workplace accident on Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Shawn was born May 19, 1968—on his Dad’s 25th birthday—in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ken and Lorraine (Tetu) McDonald.
With the exception of the year he attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Shawn lived his entire life in Stratton.
In 1988, a mature 19-year-old Shawn purchased the J.F. Upton Gas Station from his special friend, Kari Upton, and built it into the thriving business Stratton Service is today.
Shawn was a sports enthusiast, and enjoyed curling and playing hockey and slo-pitch; and rooted his entire life for the much-maligned Toronto Maple Leafs.
He was a devoted Mason, and Past Master of Manitou Lodge #631. He also was a committed member and served on the board of Stratton United Church; and was a dedicated member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Department.
He played an integral role in many community events and charities–both as a sponsor and a participant. And, Shawn was renowned in the district for his honesty and integrity.
Shawn was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marni-Lyn Hodge, on Feb. 22, 2003. Together, they made a home with Shawn’s son, Dylan; later adding two beautiful daughters, Shaelyn and Delaney, to their little family.
Shawn and Marni had a rare and incredible love–one meant to last a lifetime. Shawn was an extremely devoted family man and adored his three children. He and Dylan shared a love of NASCAR racing and had realized the dream of attending a live race together in Las Vegas in 2006.
He also loved to be with his girls and spent quality time with them every single day, whether taking them for tea at Grandma and Poppa’s or just playing in the backyard.
Shawn also was a devoted son, brother, and uncle. He always could be counted on to help his parents with any task, never needing to be asked.
He was an incredible brother, and always had time to visit with his little sister, Nikki, when she stopped by the shop; and had a strong, unspoken bond with his big brother, Murray.
He adored his nephews and nieces. He curled with Murray`s son, R.J., weekly and loved watching Nikki’s boys, Carter and Cohen, play hockey. He relished teaching them his infamous rhymes and songs, and very proudly taught Nikki`s daughter, Cathryn, his famous “karate kick.”
Shawn will be greatly missed, and forever loved, by his adoring wife, Marni, and children, Dylan, Shaelyn, and Delaney; his loving parents, Ken and Lorraine McDonald; friend and brother, Murray (Shelley) McDonald and their children, Heather, Kari, and R.J.; and favourite confidant, sister Nicole (Darren) Robinson, and their children, Carter, Cohen, and Cathryn.
Shawn also is survived by his parents-in-law, Doug and Shirley Hodge of Fort McMurray, Alta.; brother-in-law, Trevor (Andrea) Hodge and their children, Ariana, Rachael, and Sara-Lyn of Calgary, Alta.; uncles and aunts, Georgette Gill (Arne), Ed (Lois) Tetu, and Sue Tetu, all of Rainy River District, Shirley (Lloyd) Henrotte of Winnipeg, Man., and Ralph (Term) McDonald of Thailand; as well as several cousins of whom he thought the world.
Shawn was predeceased by his grandparents, R.J. and Ethel McDonald and Laurie and Clara Tetu; very special great uncle and great aunt, Hubert and Agnes Pearson; uncles, Elmer and James McDonald, and Jerry Tetu; and aunt, Audrey Rahko.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton Community Hall in Stratton, with Rev. Peggy Mason officiating.
The honourary pallbearers were Lionel Berg, Mike Cyr, Bob Sawchuk, Darren Robinson, and all of Shawn`s many friends.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to a trust account for his daughters at CIBC in Emo, Ont.
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