Reginald J. A. (Reg) MacDonald

Born: Tue., May 29, 1934
Died: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
Location: Adams Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: St. Michaels By The Sea R.C. Church - Miramichi Bay

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Mr. Reginald James Alexander (Reg) MacDonald


Reginald James Alexander (Reg) MacDonald, husband of Monica (Davidson) MacDonald of Miramichi Bay, N.B. passed away at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the age of 83.

Born in Chatham, N.B. on May 29, 1934, he was the son of the late Dilworth and Annabelle (Buckley) MacDonald.  Reg was a devoted and dearly loved husband, father and grandfather.  He began his working career as an electrician and was employed by the Dept. of National Defense (DND) for many years.  Later he was employed by Canadian Westinghouse as a technical sales representative and marketing manager.  Reg left the electrical field and started a lengthy career in provincial politics after being elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick  in a bi-election in 1979.  During his political career he served as a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of New Brunswick for Bay du Vin riding and later for the riding of Southwest Miramichi.  During his political career, Reg had a variety of duties and responsibilities in addition to serving as an MLA.  He served on numerous legislative committees;  he served as Party Whip; deputy speaker and later served as a member of cabinet as New Brunswick’s first Minister for Seniors.  Reg became a well-known and respected advocate for seniors and their concerns.  Following retirement from political life in 1999, he was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Council on Aging (NACA); Reg was also very active in the community.  Some of his commitments throughout his life were as :  a founding member of the Miramichi Recreation Council, an active member of St. Michaels By The Sea Roman Catholic Church, Miramichi Bay, N.B.; a member of the local Service District; a school board member; a member of the New Brunswick Electric Service League; a member of the Royal Canadian Legion; Vice President of the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs; a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Atlantic Institution; Director of the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home and representative on the Provincial Nursing Home Assoc.

He is survived by his wife, the former Monica Davidson; two sons, Chris MacDonald (Jane), of Rothesay and Scott MacDonald (Louisianne), of Fredericton; one daughter, Kim MacDonald, of Fredericton; one brother Joseph MacDonald (Rita), of Toronto, Ont.; eight grandchildren, Colin, Shannon, Thomas, Rachel, Daniel Cole, Jacob, Jadon; as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Carmel (MacDonald) MacDonald.

Visitation was held at Adams Funeral Home, 140 King St., Miramichi on Wednesday, Jan. 17th    Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated from St. Michaels by the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Miramichi Bay, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 11 am, with Father Leon Creamer and Father John Keoughan officiating.  Music for the Mass was provided by Norman Young, Bernard & Marilyn Young, Donna Hubbard and Paula Foley and the hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross”, Here I Am Lord, Wind Beneath My Wings”.  The scriptures were read by Doug Young and Wendy O’Donnell .  Prayers of Intercession were led by Donna Hubbard.  The eulogy was offered by Chris MacDonald. The recessional music was “Ashokan Farewell” played by Norman Young.

Premier Brian Gallant and current and former members of the N.B. Legislative Assembly as well as former Premier and Ambassador Frank McKenna and former Premier Camille Theriault and employees of J.D. Irving Limited,  sat as a body for the service.

The honorary pallbearers were Carmen Chapman, Elmer MacDonald, Harold McCann, Eddie MacDonald, Tommy Walsh, Pat Grannan, Marcel Muise.  Active pallbearers were Johnny Russell, Leonard Lloyd, Donny MacDonald, Terry Flanagan, Ray O’Donnell, Alphonse Turbide.  Interment will be in the church cemetery, later in the spring.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home or the Rev. Douglas Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund would be appreciated by the family.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to


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John Bosma
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Chris, Kim & family. Sorry for your loss. Your Dad was well known in New Brunswick and in Bay Side and surrounding areas and yet he was always approachable and willing to listen. Unfortunately, my wife and I will be away from Jan. 17 until late the next day or I would have expressed my condolences in person.

John Bosma

Bobby and Sharon Hackett
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful man

Julie Boudreau
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Would like to express my Deepest Sympathies to the Family

mary baglole
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
My deepest sympathies on the passing of my dear old friend may god be with you all at this difficult time
Mary Baglole

Rallph J. MacDonald
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Your MacDonald cousin from Hardwicke. I'm sorry now that I didn't visit Miramichi Bay last summer, I would have gone to see you.

Kevin Fowlie
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Our sympathy and condolences are expressed to you and your family at this time . May you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as well . Ingram and Connie Fowlie and family .

Everette &Mary Roy
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He will be fondly remembered and missed. A wonderful man. May you know that prayers are carried on the wings of Angels.

Bill Walls Sr.
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
To The MacDonald Family
I extend herewith my sincere sympathy on Reg's passing.
I had the good fortune of knowing him for many years both
before and after politics. He will be missed, without a doubt.
Bill Walls Sr.

Peter Donovan & Elsie Hambrook
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Reg was a good friend and we enjoyed our conversations over the years. A great politician and above all a great Miramichier!

Kevin Gibson
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Scott, Chris, and Kim. Very sorry to hear about Reg. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Carol Pednaud
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. He will be missed.

Tammy Matchett
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Sincere condolences to the MacDonald family. I had the great pleasure to get to know Reg during his time in the political forum. He was a strong advocate for the people he represented and a great all around Miramichier.

Robert & Carol Thompson
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear of Reg's passing. So glad to have re-connected with my Buckley cousin before it was too late. He was a great man with the best stories. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Monica and the family.

Michael Larocque and Wilfred Guimond
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Sorry to hear of Reg passing. He was very kind to me when I volunteered a couple of times at the polling station. Always a friendly hello and loved to talk politics. We used to walk our dogs down by his beach front and was so welcoming. We be greatly missed in the community.

Clermont Richard
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
I have fond memories of this great man. His large physical stature was the seat of an enormous heart. My thoughts are with the family.

Blaine & Lillian Jenkins
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Dear Family
Your father was a special friend to us and our family, going back to the days when he worked for Westinghouse and from then on, he was also the MC at our 25th Anniversary some 29 years ago. He was a man who cared for everyone and everything and this was so easy to see in his smile. Our sympathies and prayers to everyone. God Bless

Joanne McGrath
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
My deepest condolences to family. Reg worked with my father Albert McGrath CFB St Margarets. He was a good friend to our family. He will be missed by a lot of people.

Joanne McGrath.

Jackie Cook
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Sorry to hear about Reg, Monica and family
Jackie and Joey Cook

bob maclean n georgina
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Dear Kim, Chris n Scott so sorry for your loss. Reg was so kind n well liked. He will sadly be missed.

Raymond Mazerolle
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Sincere condolences to Monica and the MacDonald family.

Bernard & Annie Richard
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Please accept our sincere condolences on this sad occasion. Having served with Reg in the Legislature, I saw first hand the depth of his commitment and dedication to the people he represented. No one worked harder for the most vulnerable people of our province. A former Speaker of the US House of Representatives once famously said that "All politics is local". Reg embodied concern for the little gal and guy and he fought the good fight every chance he got. I'm sorry for your loss but also sorry for the loss of a very good man. Veuillez accepter toutes nos sympathies.

Anthony William Jeremiah McLean
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
To the family of the late Mr. James Reginald Alexander "Reg" MacDonald,

I am so sorry and sad to hear of the passing of Reg.

Thinking of you all at this time of loss in all of my thoughts, love, blessings and prayers.

Sincerely, Anthony William Jeremiah McLean

Cyril, Bernice & Carla
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of Reg.He was the epitome of a gentleman. Although we did not know him well, we know through his Rothesay family that he was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be sorely missed.

Carla, Bernice, and Cyril

Charlene Doak
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. My husband Wendell and I were married at his cottage in 2004. He was a good friend to my grandparents (Lawrence and Verne Horton) since they moved here in 1979. He was a wonderful man and a great neighbour. I work at the hospital and spoke to him often. Our community has lost an intelligent, kind and overall great man.

Jane Barry
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
To all Members of Reg’s Family, I offer my heartfelt sympathy on your loss. Reg was truly dedicated to serving his community and province and a role model for those of us who were his legislature colleagues. He walked the walk and talked the talk, a caring and Christian person in all aspects of his life and a sterling example of public service. He will be missed but has left a legacy of which his family can be proud. Sincerely, Jane Barry

Claudette & Euclide sr Robichaud
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
We’re very sorry for the lost of Reginald J ( Reg) MacDonald .he was well,known and was a verryngood man my sincere sympathy to the familly ..Clsudette & Euclide Robichaud Baie Ste-Anne NB

Bev Weeks
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Reg's family, had the great pleasure of knowing him and working with him on many senior issues, he had a heart of gold, heaven has gained.He was a very kind and caring person, may he rest in peace with his loved ones who have gone before. Sincerely

Pam Sheppard
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
To Reg’s Children and Grandchildren -
Although I didn’t know your dad / granddad well, he was a kind and giving soul. It was clear how much he loved you all and how proud he was of his family.
I’m so sorry of his passing but so happy that he’s no longer in pain and has been reunited with the love of his life, Carmel. You now have two wonderful guardian angels looking out for you.
Thinking of you all and sending peace and love.

Bill and Dorothy Nowlan
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Dear Monica, we are deeply saddened to learn of Reg's death and pray that God will ease the pain and hurt in your heart. Love, thoughts and prayers, Bill and Dorothy.

Ron & Shirley Regan
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family. We were surprised one Sunday in the late 1990 to find he and Monica was sitting behind us at mass in The Pas Manitoba. A good friend and true and devoted Miramichier.
From Kelowna BC

Gene J. Devereux
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
My deepest condolences to Reg’s wife and children. Reg was an outstanding man, husband, father and representative of the constituents of the Miramichi area. I am going to miss his humour.

Roland Beaulieu
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family. It was a pleasure to have known and served with Reginald. May we always remember his passion to help people and to make this a better place. R.I.P. Reginald.

bud jardine
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Reg was truly a man who discovered his niche in life - service to others! His affable and ethical personality cut across any line that would divide friend or neighbour - on any basis - be it political, ethnic or religious.
His many successes spoke to the trust people placed in him - he made a friend of all he met and they responded in kind.

Deepest condolences to the extended family of a fine fine gentleman.

John Bosma
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Monica & Ian,

I didn't connect you to Reg until after Tineke pointed it out to me. Please accept our condolences. So sorry for your loss.

John & Paula

Jim Lockyer
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Reg was a tremendous MLA whose calling card was sincerity, integrity and tireless effort. He thought continually of his constituents and how he could best represent and serve them. As a colleague in the Legislature he was a delight to work with and engage in discussion. He could bring a degree of seriousness to the major issues and then display his unique and disarming sense of humour at the end of the discussion. He was a colleague you always looked forward to meeting. I enjoyed his company. He was a good friend.
My deepest sympathies go to his wife Monica and his immediate and extended family.

Grant and Sylvia Donnelly
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Dear Monica, we are so sorry to hear of Reg, please accept our condolences and know we are thinking about you.

shirley and Irene Hogan
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Our Deepest Sympathy and prayers to Reg and family ,We always enjoyed his kindness and stories when we met him anywhere .He sure enjoyed travelling and or just being with his wonderful lwife Monica,RIP Reg.

Reginald and Susan Fowlie
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Scott, Chris, Kim and Monica. So very sorry to hear about Reg. Our thoughts are with you. May fond memories help at this difficult time.

Lisa Hyslop Dean
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
to Chris and all of the family, I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of each other, Lisa and Family

Don Woodworth
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
My sympathy to the family.

I was a co-worker with Reg back in the 70's with Westinghouse.

I recall the passion & dedication Reg exhibited for the company and also for his next career in politics.

You can remember Reg and only that he is gone or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

Bill Sweezey
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018

To: the MacDonald Family

We are so sorry to hear of Reg's passing. He dedicated so much of his talents to a wide array of community and Provincial endeavors. He made an outstanding contribution to the District #10 School Board and the Miramichi Rural School. Our sincere Sympathy to all the family, as you cherish the many fond and precious memories.

Much Love, Bill and Donna

Mary and Scott Schryer
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Chris , I was saddened to hear of your fathers passing. Your father was a very kind man and we enjoyed wonderful conversations about our shared passion for seniors. Regs devotation to his commuinty was amazing and he set the bar high to make our Province a better place for our families.
Mary and Scott

Roly MacIntyre
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
To Chris,Kim and family. Sorry for your loss. Reg was already a veteran in the Legislature when I was elected in 1995. He was a great mentor to me and a good friend. He always thought of others especially his constituents and his colleagues. He will be sorely missed.

Helen macdonald chamberlain
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Reg was highly respected and a wonderful man. So sorry to all of his family for such a great loss. May all your fond memories give you comfort.
With my sincere sympathy

Stuart and Martha Jamieson
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Our condolence goes out to Reg's family. He was a noble, common sense ,down to earth person ,with a great sense of humour. I always enjoyed his perspective on the issues we faced while we were in the legislature together. We became good friends and I always enjoyed the times we spent together. Stuart Jamieson

John & Sandra McKay
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
What a loss. Reg was a true crusader for the people, especially those who had no one to
speak for them.He knew when there was injustice and never hesitated to say so.
I first got to know Reg during the 1974 Provincial election when I and the other Miramichi
Liberal candidates were invited to Reg and Carmel's cottage for a campaign strategy meeting. In 1979 he was a candidate himself and ran another five times, making a name
as one of New Brunswick's most dedicated and decent persons ever to sit in the Legislature.
I sat with him in the House for fifteen years, and can proudly say that he was one of the best friends anyone could hope to have. Our sincere condolences to his great family, he was always so proud of you. John & Sandra McKay

David and Vera James
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to all of Reg's family.

Nadine Tyner
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Christopher, Jane & your family: Sorry to read of your Dad's passing. The second thing I noticed is that you look quite a lot like him. I'm sure you will miss him but keep the memories close and pull them out often and review them. Take care of yourself and each other during this sad span of time. Please know that I'll think of you often and will keep you all in my prayers. Hugs.

Ray and Jeanie Williston
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Thinking of you all at thus difficult time.
With sympathy,
Ray and Jeanie Williston

   Posted Tue January 16, 2018

David and Mary Ann MacDonald
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Condolences to all the family: Joe, Monica and Scott, Kim, Chris and your families. I regret that I can not be with you but will be very much in spirit.
How many stories recalled. A life well lived and one to celebrate. Several times I had good advice from Reg, and knew a lot of shared memories
and views on the land and helping others to be shared. David MacDonald.

NB Association of Nursing Homes
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to your family in this difficult time.

From the Board of Directors and Staff at NBANH

Hubert Seamans
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
My deepest condolences to the MacDonald family. Reg will always be remembered as a truly caring and kind man who was respected by all. His days at the Legislature were filled with working to improve the life of all New Brunswickers.

Danny and Doreen Gay
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Tons of fond memories of our time with Reg during our political careers. He was a great politician, working very hard on behalf of his constituents and the citizens of New Brunswick. He was a good friend and is sorely missed. Condolences to all.

Shirley and Sally Underhill
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Sending our most sincere sympathy to the family. Reg was a great person who did a lot for the people he served as their elected MLA. He will be remembered for all the great things he did for our area always having time for the people.

Gary Williston-- Brenda Maresh
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Our deepest condolences to Reg's family.
He was a wonderful part of our community, always there to help if need be,
and if you met him anywhere he had a handshake and a smile for you no matter what was happening in his life.
He will be greatly missed. A wonderful man that can never be replaced.

Betty and Glen Gerrish
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Please accept our sincere condolences in your loss. Reg will be well remembered for all the help that he gave to our community and also to the seniors of N.B.

Judy Adams
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
Scott, Chris, Kim, Monica & families, I am thinking of all of you today & so sorry I cannot be there to celebrate the life of a remarkable man who has been a strong influence on so many lives. He was so proud of his family & has left many precious memories. My heart & spirit are with you & I will light a candle in his honour.
Love & Hugs,💕

Edith J.
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
My dear Monica - It is with great sadness that I convey my sympathy to you in the sad loss of your dear husband, Reg. I shall miss his presence with you as I so much enjoyed your visits. Reg was such a wonderful man, so full of knowledge and wisdom that I so much required and enjoyed during Vince's illness here at home and later in the Veterans' Wing. I admired his integrity and personable manner as he treated everyone with respect and fairness. He was such an integral part of the Community and will be sadly missed. You will certainly have no regrets as you were always so kind and compassionate and cared for his every need. I hope that you will continue to visit when time permits as I truly value your friendship. I shall keep you in my thoughts and Prayers, Monica, and I trust that you may be comforted by your strong faith, your host of friends and may your pleasant memories remain with you forever. To express my sympathy I have sent a donation to the Veterans' Wing in memory of Reg. Love and a hug from


Sean Daley-YMCA Global and Community
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
Kim and family, We are very sorry for your loss. We send our condolences to you and your family at this time.


Sean Daley and YMCA of Fredericton Team

Bill Seaman, Moncton, NB
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
To the MacDonald Family: I got to know Reg through the late Tommy Adams, who always spoke well of him. I always had a brief chat with him at Liberal conventions and value those moments highly. A SUPER guy and wish to extend my condolences to Mrs. MacDonald and family, may God bless,
Bill Seaman

Marion Bransfield
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
Monica & family,
So sorry to hear of Reg's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Janie Hubbard
   Posted Fri January 19, 2018
Dear Monica, sorry that I was unable to be with the family during this sad time. Thank God for the memories . Will See you when I get home. All my love and prayers. Aunt Janie

Bill & Marilyn Millett
   Posted Sun January 21, 2018
Just a note to say how sorry we are to hear of Reg's passing. He seemed to young to pass away. He certainly was a great sales person, factory representative and very outgoing when talking about the old Westinghouse Company as we knew it. I am sure that Reg was equally outgoing when working for the government or for his various charities.
Between myself and Ralph MacKay of Wesco Moncton we have passed on the word to as many people as we can remember again we are truly sorry for your loss

Bill & Marilyn Millett

Edward Godfrey
   Posted Sun January 21, 2018
I offer my condolences to the MacDonald family. A lifetime friend, Reg was an outstanding Miramichi-er and a great Canadian.

Lynda and Paul Carnahan
   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
So sorry to hear of Reg's passing. He was a wonderful person and I am sure you will all miss his pleasant personality and smiling face.

Ken & Signe Mazeroll
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Reg was held in the highest esteem by our family and it was an honor and privilege to have known him.

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