In Memory Of McDONALD, Fr. James


Visitation Information

St. Gabriel
2157 Centre St.
Montreal, Quebec
May 9, 2019
12:00 - 21:00 /
May 10, 2019
09:30 - 10:45 /

Service Information

St. Gabriel
2157 Centre St.
Montreal, Quebec
May 10, 2019
McDONALD, Father James,
January 22, 1933 -April 24, 2019.
Father Jim was born in Toronto and moved to Montreal with his family in 1933 where he lived until the age of 86.
He was ordained as a priest on June 1, 1958. He served as curate at St Gabriel, St Veronica, St. Willibrord and St. Malachy parishes. In 1970, he was named pastor of St. Aloysius in east-end Montreal, and in this time, served as priest-in-charge of St. Philip Neri Mission. He then served as pastor of St. Thomas à Becket from 1980 to 1992, was named priest-in-charge at St. Edward the Confessor Mission until 2001, and was appointed parochial administrator of St. Gabriel's, from which he retired in 2017. He served as a chaplain at the Fr. Dowd Home, and had been chaplain at several high schools and universities.
Fr. Jim's longstanding ministry included his avid involvement in social justice. He is well-remembered for his role in providing sanctuary in St. Gabriel's rectory for a refugee from Algeria.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Teresa and Charles, brother John, sister Mary, and nephew Kevin. He leaves behind his sisters Aileen Kilbertus and Teresa Begin, sister-in-law Denyse Ethier McDonald, and dear family friend Marjorie Smith. He will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews: Ann (Michael), Frances (Vincent), Michael (Nataly), Paul, Philip (Sherri), Jimmy, Joanne (Steve), and Anne Marie (Patrick); and great nieces and nephews: Lara, Luka, Noémi, Tristan, William, Olivier, Raphåel, Alicia, and Mathis.
Father Jim was a kind and loving man whose daily actions reflected his deep devotion to God and to serving humanity.
Visitation will take place at St Gabriel's church, 2157 Centre St, on Thursday, May 9 from 12pm - 9 pm, and on Friday from 9.30 to 10.45 AM. There will be a wake service on Thursday at 8:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held at St Gabriel's church on Friday, May at 11 am.
No flowers please. Donations to St Gabriel's Parish.

Messages for the Family of McDONALD, Fr. James

From: Laura Montreuil

Sending deepest condolences on behalf of the Canniff & Montreuil families who have known Fr. McDonald since he was at St. Aloysius, then St. Thomas and finally St. Gabriel's. He was there for 4 generations of family celebrations from Baptisms, to 1st Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, and Funerals. He will be truly missed and forever have a special place in all our hearts.
From: Colleen and Walter Froud

My Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Father McDonald I will always Remember his kind words to My husband and I on our wedding day.
May God Bless and watch over everyone in this time of sorrow.
From: Lynn Rafferty

A wonderful priest and a very sweet man. He use to be our priest when I was at Edward Murphy in the 60's. We had him over for supper one day and my parents were so nervous to have everything just right. I'll always remember his "cloudy sheep" (a cloud with 4 lines for legs) when he'd explain we were Jesus' flock. Very good memories. RIP
From: Dennis & Claudette Piper

It is with sadness upon hearing of his passing, I would see him almost every time I visited my Mom, our sincere condolences to his family.
Rest In Peace.
Dennis & Claudette Piper
Piedmont, Québec
From: Ron Fabes

Fr. Jim was the personification of kindness. He put others first.He was not the greatest speaker from the pulpit but I enjoyed his little stories at St. Thomas a Becket. The way Fr. Jim lived his life as a priest should be used as a model for future seminarians. Heaven is now blessed and honored to have Fr. Jim .
From: Colleen Pearce

Fr. Jim....what a lovely man !! He had a memory for names like no one else I've ever known. He also had a passion for the elderly. We volunteered with Fr. Jim for many years at the Fr.Dowd home...Fr. Jim was always so very kind and loving to the residents and he always spent a lot of time talking with them...truly remarkable the time he spent caring for the seniors. We joined Becket in 1980 Fr. Jim's first year I think....he celebrated our sons first communion...and the Sunday masses to me and my family were seriously legendary. With the deacon Brendan and the music from the folk choir...Carl....the feeling in the church was hard to beat !! Such fond memories !! It was a wonderful time at St Thomas a Becket....Fr. Jim celebrated so many funerals at the Fr Dowd I find it hard to believe we will be celebrating his at St Gabriel's....he will be missed and 'he was Loved' and cherished by So many !! Rest in Peace Fr. Jim
Till we meet again....with love, Colleen Pearce xo
From: Patricia Hansen

Our sincere sympathies to the family. I remember Father McDonald and his sister Mary as being such nice and kind people. Mary or Miss McDonald as we called her was the Vice-Principal at Holy Names High when I was there. Father McDonald married me and my husband in 1971 at St. Aloysius and 25 years later, surprised us by coming to our 25th wedding anniversary party. He also officiated at the First Communions and Confirmations of our 2 children at St. Thomas a Becket. A fond memory of Father McDonald's kindness dates back to 1970 when he let the long-haired rock band that my husband Nicky played in, use the basement hall at St. Al's for their band practices - and for free. So nice and kind! Thank you for all the good work you did for so many. May you rest in peace.
From: Diane and Jim Longlade

We were deeply saddened when we learned of Father Jim’s passing - He has accompanied many members of our family in all ceremonies and just every day masses with calm and inspiration - we will remember him always.
Our deepest condolences to his family.
From: David and Jenny

Our sincere condolences to the family of Father Jim McDonald: our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
We will always remember him welcoming us to St-Gabriel's when we moved to Verdun and his kind words during the Baptisms of our 3 children.
Our deepest sympathy, David, Jenny, Alicia, Julien and Alana