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Francis Joseph (Frank) Macdonald


Lieutenant, O-43720, RCN(R)


Born: 23 Nov 1914, New Waterford, Nova Scotia


Died: 21 Sep 2006


Macdonald, Frank Joseph - passed peacefully away on September 21, 2006. Born on November 23, 1914, in New Waterford, he was a son of Gertrude Louise (Frazier) and Harry Condon Macdonald. Frank grew up in Halifax, and was the eldest of six children. He served on the HMCS Sackville, part of the Canadian Navy's North Atlantic escort convoy from 1941 to 1945. Upon receiving licensure as a public accountant in 1946 , he came to Santa Barbara and worked as an Assistant Manager for the Chamber of Commerce from 1947 to 1949. It was in Santa Barbara, on the municipal tennis courts, where he met the love of his life, Martha Michelet. A few years after getting married they moved with two children to Washington, DC, where he took a position in the State Department's Agency for International Development. His work took them to Costa Rica, Paraguay, Brazil and Jamaica, where Frank served as an executive officer. During his overseas duty he and Marty had five more children. Frank served his last nine years for the State Department in Washington, DC, before retiring in 1976. Frank was a kind and gentle man. He was a wonderful husband and father whose devotion and love was the centre of his life. Frank's hobbies included tennis, bridge and traveling. He enjoyed taking walks at the Santa Barbara Harbor, as he had an affinity for the ocean. A member of St. Raphael's Church for 30 years, and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, his faith was an example to his family. He is survived by his wife, Marty and his children, Kathleen (Jim) Tulley of Titusville, Fla.; Mary (Carl) Klingelberger, Foley, AL; Patrick (Helen) Macdonald, Boulder, Col.; Michael Macdonald, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Jeanne (Tom) Bowman, Bulverde, Tex.; Rod (Juli) Macdonald, Elizabeth, Col.; and Eileen (Craig) Herrin, Santa Barbara, Calif. He was also blessed with 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings, Harry Macdonald, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Tess Desrochers, Laguna Hills, Calif.; Anna Godwin, Halifax. He was predeceased in death by his sister, Patty Moody and brother, Tommy Macdonald. Service was held in St. Raphael's Church on Monday, September 25, at 10 a.m. The Rosary was prayed at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 24, in Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, Ward Drive, Goleta, Calif.


Frank Macdonald served in the RCNVR during WW2.  After the war he was transferred to the RCN(R)


Ships served in:

OTTAWA DIVISION RCNVR (HMCS CARLETON) - Attached, as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Apr 1942)

HMCS SACKVILLE - Appointed to Sackville 08 Nov 1942 as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 27 Apr 1943)  (Navy List Aug 1943).  Seniority backdated to 27 Apr 1942 (Navy List Feb 1944)

HMCS FORT RAMSAY - Appointed to Fort Ramsay 19 Oct 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Nov 1944).  Appointment date amended to 23 Oct 1944 (Navy List Mar 1945)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 27 Apr 1942) (Navy List Jul 1948)

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) - as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1952). Last listed in the Navy Lists as a Lt, RCN(R) at HMCS Scotian (Navy List Jan 1960)



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