MACDONALD, Beverly Ann (nee Martin) - January 29, 1943 - August 3, 2013 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic death of Beverly Ann Macdonald who was taken from us suddenly on Saturday, August 3, and now joins her beloved husband Kennedy in the afterlife. Left to cherish her memory are her children Ann (Dean Mitrovich); John (Debbie Radley); David (Cathy Gibson); Sarah (Mike Wells), and grandchildren Jacob, Jack, Kate, Nicholas, Zachary, Sara, Samuel, Georgia and Isaac. Also mourning her loss is Eric Wilson, who Bev welcomed into her family, and his daughter Enola. Beverly was the eldest of four siblings born to the late George and Anne Martin (nee Pollice) of Hamilton, Ontario. She will be dearly missed by her siblings Barbara Willman (Robert) of Edmonton, AB, Byron (Sharon) of Stittsville; and Paul (Paula) of Kanata. Beverly will also be missed by her in-laws Bill (Loretta) of Victoria, BC, Donald (Sandie) of Dartmouth, NS, Margaret-Ann of Pender Island, BC, and Jim (Donna) of Wolfville NS, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles cousins and friends across the country. Beverly completed her under-graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Ottawa in '65. Through her career, initially with the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton and Toronto, and later as the Executive Director of Big Brothers of Kingston, Bev devoted her service to the children in her community. Her dedication to society was also evident through her commitment to volunteerism, as demonstrated through her involvement with Almost Home, the Kingston Y Service Club, the United Way and St. Lawrence Youth Association. In recognition of this commitment, she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Kingston in 1999. In later years, Beverly took on an ardent second career where her perseverance, attention to detail, and artistic abilities were well utilized. Through her involvement with the quilting community, she found an outlet for her creativity, and a supportive network of friends whose company she found pleasure in, as well as comfort and solace through difficult times. Beverly's most passionate role was as a wife, mother and grandmother. She loved and was loved deeply by her husband Ken, and in their commitment to one another, they set an example for all those around them. She was proud of her children and grand-children, and found true joy in her time spent surrounded by family. Visitation will take place at WARTMAN FUNERAL HOME "Kingston Chapel" , 980 Collins Bay Road, on Tuesday, August 13 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will take place at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd. on Wednesday, August 14 at 11 am., followed by Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, 718 Division St. A reception will be held in the Wartman Funeral Home Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bev's memory to your local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, Almost Home Kingston, St. Michael's Foundation, or a charity of your choice. 12531653
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Sorry for your loss
Posted by John O (Friend of family/work colleague) On Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Very sorry to hear about your loss.
Thoughts and prayers
thinking of you
Posted by Kim Siemonsen (McCormick) (friend) On Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It has been a long time since I've seen you. I would see Bev occassionally through work. She was a lovely woman who was forever smiling. I am very sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my prayers.
Posted by Yvonne Evoy (friend) On Monday, August 12, 2013
I was shocked to read of Bev's passing. It is such a loss for those who will never see her beautiful smile and know her warm spirit. I will cherish the many talks we had and know she is watching over all her "children" now. May you find peace in happy memories.
A wonderful lady.
Posted by Janice Russell (Quilting student) On Monday, August 12, 2013
I only knew Bev briefly as my guide through my first quilt this past spring. She had such a big heart and so much patience. We had lots of laughs and great talks about how much she loved her family and missed her dear husband.
She really was a wonderful lady and I will miss her.
Thoughts and Prayers to the family
Posted by Christine Lyons (Quilting friend) On Monday, August 12, 2013
I knew Bev through the Quilt Shop. She always had an eye for colour. She was great to help me when I was designing a quilt. We will miss her expertise.