December 16, 2014 Ian Duke

Last Alarm – Jim MacDonald


May 23, 1938 – November 1, 2014

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of member Jim MacDonald on Saturday November 1, 2014. Jim joined the club in 1990 and was active on Support 7, for both fire calls and community events. In fact Jim’s ‘Last Call’ on Support 7 was for the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Queen’s Park. Jim also had a keen interest in history, especially World War II and the aircraft of that era. He discovered a kinship for this interest with other club members and many stories and reading materials were shared during our fellowship times. Jim was a 35-year veteran of the Toronto Fire Department, having joined in October 1959. His first assignment was at 7 Hall (325) and throughout his tenure was also stationed at Halls 26 (323), 29 (135), 2 (331) and 22 (226). He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1989 and retired in 1994 from 5 Tower, B2 shift. He enjoyed catching up with many of the firefighters he had worked with while he served on Support 7. Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol, sons James (Liz) and Kent (Stacey) and daughter Noreen Lee (Len). His grandchildren were the joy of his life and he relished his time with them. He will be missed by his 5 remaining siblings and extended family, including club members David and Jennifer. A celebration of Jim’s life took place on Sunday November 9th with Support 7 staged in front of the funeral home in tribute. It was attended by over 250 people including many club members and department personnel in uniform. Jim would have been pleased. This overwhelming outpouring of support was greatly appreciated and comforting to the family.

Originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of the Trumpet Newsletter.
Reprinted with permission.