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McDonell, Christopher Alanson "Al"
October 2018
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Christopher Alanson (Al) McDonell, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, October 29, 2018. Alanson was born in Williamstown, Ontario, in 1932 to Cecilia and Allan Edward McDonell. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Nora (Hurley), children Chris (Sue Gordon), Anne (John Travaglini), Carolyn (Ross Perrault), Marjorie (Larry MacIsaac), Kevin (Kathleen McDonell), Barbara (Ryan Vincent), Janet (Mike Palmer) and 23 grandchildren. Survived also by his siblings, Sandra Lawson (Lorne), Jean Fraser (Malcolm), Gail MacRae (Gord), Ian, Glenda, Glendon (Sheila), Huntly (Christine), Hubert (Susan), Rhona (Bruce) and many nieces and nephews. The extended Hurley family was also a valuable part of Alanson’s life. For Alanson, family and friends were everything. He was never happier than in the large gatherings with Nora, his children and grandchildren. From his days in Williamstown,the farm in Bridge End, Sarnia, Toronto, and Oshawa, he lived life to the fullest. The McDonell family would like to thank the caregivers at Thompson House and the staff at NYGH for their wonderful care. Visitation at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave E, on Thurs. Nov 1 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service on Friday morning at 11 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church, 1300 Leslie St. Father Jack Hurley officiating. Reception to follow. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Our Ladies Missionaries.

Messages of Condolence

We all should be blessed with neighbours like Al and his family.
Bryan Doran
Willowdale Neighbour November 02, 2018
A wonderful man and a great cousin. Thinking of you all. Many blessings.
Mary MacDonell
Ottawa November 01, 2018
Remembering a gentleman who never missed anything involving my parents . Wanda
Wanda MacDonell
Ottawa November 01, 2018
Nora, Chris, Anne, Carolyn, Marjorie, Kevin, Barbara, Janet and family, our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Al. May you ta... Read more Christine Inglis & Kevin Moyser
Toronto November 01, 2018
Dear Marjorie, Larry, Annie, Charlotte, Alistair, Nora and the rest of the McDonell family. Our sincere sympathy to you all on the passing... Read more Terry, Gerard, Kathryn and Colleen
Antigonish, NS October 31, 2018
Dear Marjorie, Larry, Annie, Charlotte, Alistair, Nora and the rest of the McDonell family. Our sincere sympathy to you all on the passing... Read more Terry, Gerard, Kathryn and Colleen
Antigonish, NS October 31, 2018
Nora and Family. So very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad... Read more Jeanne Pretty (Vandevenne)
Corunna October 31, 2018
Sending much love and deep condolences to Aunt Nora and all the McDonell’s. We were so blessed to see Uncle Al with his bright signature ... Read more Paul & Christine Park
Bayfield October 31, 2018

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