Peter Thomas McDonald

23.03.1946 – 12.06.2020

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Cath.

Cherished father of David, James, Ruth (dec) and Beth.

Funny Pa to 9 much loved grandchildren

A most loving and loved man.


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Funeral Notice

  1. Rest in Peace Uncle Pete – your booming laugh will echo in heaven and Im sure from time to time we will hear it here on earth , maybe during a summer storm.. Your warmth and welcoming nature I will always remember – and your humour was infectious – all the best for your next adventure – we will miss you here . Peace. xx

    Ben Hurle June 20, 2020
  2. With love and thanks for Pete’s hugs and compassion. A beautiful service today full of laughter and sorrow.

    For Cath, David, James, Ruth (dec) and Beth

    May you always have light on your shoulder
    May the burden never be your load
    May those arms you once wrapped around me
    Find a treasure before they fold

    Carla, Michael (dec) and Ailish

    Carla Kennedy June 19, 2020
  3. Pete was one of the first people in my life to teach me to own my unique self. His presence in life allowed everyone to raise up as one and this will continue to flourish for many years to come. His legacy is alive in all of us and I am truly grateful that I was touched by his love, strength, wisdom and community spirit.
    Sending deep love and support to all the family and those who were blessed to be touched by him x

    Emily Beggs June 19, 2020
  4. Hiya McDonaldzez, one and all.

    What a beautiful tribute to a bonza bloke!

    You are all alive in our hearts and minds and thoughts and prayers as you adjust to the empty space your beautiful bloke used to fill.

    Love to you all from Steve and Wendie Bell.

    Wendie Bell June 19, 2020
  5. A beautiful service for a beautiful man. Love to all the McDonald Family. The Seares

    Ann Marie Seare June 19, 2020
  6. Thanks Pete for being such a beautiful man. You will be very sorely missed.
    Deep sympathies to Cath, Beth, Jim, Sarah and family, Dave and family.
    Mark Lacey

    Mark Lacey June 19, 2020
  7. Precious man. Thanks for enabling those of us in other states to join in virtually honouring his Holy life. His God-daughter, Cath Toomey (nee Smibert)

    Cath June 19, 2020
  8. Sending all of our love and prayers to Cath, Beth and all of your beautiful families. We loved getting to know Peter at Music at Maccas over the years. He was a true gentleman and will be so missed. Thinking of you all. Pam and Steve Densley

    Pam Sutcliffe June 19, 2020
  9. Peter Mc,

    A generous and loving man larger than life, who introduced me to “man hugs” 40 years ago – even though I’m not sure I was ready for them at the time!

    You were an inspiration Pete, and you will be sorely missed by all who knew you.

    Gary Cooper June 19, 2020
  10. All my love and prayers to Cath, David , James, Beth and Pete’s large and wonderful extended family at this sad time.
    I will always remember Peter’s warmth and fun. He helped me to get my first job, just out of school in 1972!
    He will be hugely missed by many, many people.
    He can now give Ruth one of his HUGS.

    Much love Cathy Kerley and Gordon Wright

    Cathryn Kerley June 18, 2020
  11. Fond memories working with Peter at the Uniting Church Outreach Centre. Thinking of you Cath and family with the passing of Peter.
    He was a man who cared for his community and showed this in a very caring and warm hearted way.

    Robyn Flintoft June 18, 2020
  12. We were so blessed to have Pete in our lives. A good man and a good friend. Our deepest sympathy to Cath, James,David Ruth (dec.),Beth and all the family.
    Love from Nola and Eugene Sexton.

    Eugene Sexton June 18, 2020
  13. Pete was a born mentor, supportive in every way. In fact, he ‘mentored’ Dennis and me into our marriage and now, almost 50 years later we are still having adventures together just as he predicted. He ‘mentored’ us into buying a beautiful block of land in Snake Valley which we owned for many decades. He made us laugh so many times and he cut through many layers of BS to see the world his way. The McDonald kids were always a reflection of his and Cath’s wonderful parenting. Good examples were set and continued down the line of children and grand-children. We hope that the grief that you, Cath, feel now does not continue. Rather, enveloped in the loving arms of your family, friends and community, you will still ignite those many sparks of kindness, love and support so identifiable as a ‘Cath & Pete’ trait. Our love to you all.

    Wendy, Dennis, Tamsin and Marcel Rawady June 18, 2020
  14. Years of mentoring was our initial connection. And then your role at St Pats and your support of students was amazing. Loved the laughter and the stories. You will be missed by many from then till now, enjoy your reunion with Russ and Ruth and all those you love!

    Janne Ferguson June 17, 2020
  15. When I think of Pete I also remember his big warm and enveloping hugs, it was such a safe place to be! His roaring laugh and cheeky, playful humor. He always had time for a chat and was always present and genuinely interested in what was going on in our lives. You knew you were Ioved and accepted and that had such a huge impact on our family growing up.
    He was a man who had a heart for community, a deep faith and someone who cherished family and friends.
    I remember the daily routine he had of jogging a fair distance with a garbage bag vest type thing. He was always a sight for sore eyes when he came back.
    Our thoughts and prayers for Cath, Dave, James, Beth and family.
    He will be missed dearly.
    I picture him now hugging Ruth in his heavenly home, playing that awful music he used to love, taking long walks with Jesus and stirring up the saints. Bless you beautiful man.

    Jane & Vince O'Connor and the Forrest Family June 17, 2020
  16. Deepest sympathy to Cath and the Mc Donald Clan. Pete was an exceptional man. Devoted husband, father, great friend and work colleague.Always full of enthusiasm,loyal, hard working wonderful sense of humour and a joy to be around. We will all miss him very much. Rest In Peace Pete
    Anne and Ian Munro

    Anne Munro June 17, 2020
  17. Pete was a wonderfully warm-hearted man

    and a great friend.The world is much the

    richer by his life, if we are all saddened by

    his passing. Love to Cath, Dave, Jim, Beth

    and family.

    Liz and Andy Webb

    June 17, 2020

    Andrew Webb June 17, 2020
  18. We were very saddened to learn of Pete’s passing and send our heartfelt sympathies and love to Cath and her beautiful family at this time.
    My association with Pete commenced at St Patrick’s College where he was a school leader and an accomplished footballer. It was so good to be able to renew that association many years later.
    We have very fond memories of Pete as a friendly, loving, gentle person who is now at peace with his beloved daughter Ruth.

    Jim and Sue Moran June 17, 2020
  19. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Brother and Uncle. We’ll all miss his big welcomes and wonderful hugs.
    We are especially grateful for his founding and running of Music at Maccas; it is a great legacy for our family going forward. It was always comforting to see him sitting in his regular spot enjoying the generations coming together sharing their musical talents.

    Rest in peace, Dear Bother,
    Rosemary, Michael, Edward, Loughlin, Joanna, William and Ellie

    Rosemary Dyer June 17, 2020
  20. What a truly beautiful man Pete was. Full of charisma and so very giving of himself. I hold many wonderful memories of Pete from when i was a child to being a grown adult and many of these memories include those big wonderful hugs he would give and that loud booming laugh. RIP Pete, much love to Cath, Dave, Jim and Bethi. Now at peace with Ruth xx

    Felicity Harte June 16, 2020

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