George MacDonald

George Mains MacDonald

Friday, April 8th, 1949 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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George was born in Detroit Michigan to George Murdock MacDonald and Jean Fuller Mains MacDonald. He attended primary and secondary schools in Flint, Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Tonawanda, New York. During this time period, George was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, where he attained the Eagle rank. While a student at Kenmore East Senior High School, George competed on the wrestling team, and made many lifelong friends. George earned degrees from the University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, and from the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Law Review. After a stint as a law clerk for the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, George pursued a career in Labor and Employment Law for many years at Vedder Price Kaufman Kammholz & Day and later with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington D.C. He actively participated at the national level with Chi Phi, and served as Grand Eta, the legal advisor for the fraternity. In the 1980s, George was instrumental in the reactivation and rechartering of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Chi Phi at the University of Rochester. He retired to the west Michigan area in 2014 where he could be close to family, and spent his summers at the family cottage in Southampton, Ontario. George was a caring brother and uncle, dedicated attorney, and “social chairman” at any gathering of family and friends. George desired to be cremated and his ashes will be interred at Southampton in the family plot alongside his parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. George is survived by his brother Neil, sister-in-law Kate, and their children Daniel and Claire, and his brother Douglas, sister-in-law Nancy, and their children Rachel (Tyler), Douglas (Meghan), and Michael (Mercedes). He is dearly missed by his MacRitchie, Matheson, and Paul cousins, Chi Phi brothers, high school and college friends, professional colleagues, and members of the Santelli family. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Chi Phi Educational Trust, Attn: Memorial Gifts – George MacDonald, 1160 Satellite Blvd. NW, Suwanee, GA 30024, or to the Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW, Byron Center, MI, 49315.
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Neil MacDonald

Posted at 08:33pm
In going through some of George's memorabilia, I found the following lyrics of "The Parting Glass" sent to him by is fraternity brother and friend Fran Nolan. It seems a fitting farewell that George would have liked to have shared with you.

Of all the money that e'er I had, I've spent it in good company;
And all the harm that e'er I've done, alas it was to none but me;
And all I've done for want of wit, to memory now I can't recall;
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all.

When I had money enough to spend, and leisure time to sit awhile;
There was a fair maid in this town, that sorely had my heart beguiled;
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips, I own she had my heart enthralled;
So fill to her the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades that e'er I had, they're sorry for my going away;
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had, they would wish me one more day to stay;
But since it falls unto my lot, that I should go and you should not;
I gently go and softly call, good night and joy be with you all.

In memory of my dear brother, George Mains MacDonald, from Neil

Ishmael Cremer

Posted at 02:13am
Brother MacDonald was inspiring. I first met him as a young Grand Council Member. He was just so welcoming and just beamed with energy and warmth. His smile and gregarious attitude was contagious. I enjoyed every moment I had with him and will sorely miss him. It has been an honor to have met this man who I can call a brother.
- Ishmael Cremer

Mary Forbes

Posted at 07:30pm
Our dear cousin , George will be greatly missed by his Paul cousins-Mary(Forbes), Nancy(Dodge), and Robert Paul. We will never forget all the great times we had together. Our condolences and love are sent to his brothers Neil and Doug and their families. We love you all.

Ron Frank

Posted at 08:21am
Brother George MacDonald was one of our most revered and loved members in the Chi Phi Fraternity. I met George in the DC Metro Area after graduating from college in 1983 and moving up to Maryland. He was a kind, fun-loving, and dedicated brother to our Fraternity throughout the years I knew him. He was my mentor, my ally on the Grand Council as our Grand Eta, and most importantly, my dearest friend. I've known George for so long that I can't image what it will be like without him around at our Grand Council meetings, leadership events, and annual Congresses. I know he is at rest in our Chapter Eternal and missed by so many of us who had the honor and privilege of knowing him. In Scarlet & Blue, Eternally, Fraternally!

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