Obituary of Sterling MacDonald
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MacDONALD, A. Sterling Scotch Hill Alexander ‘Sterling’ MacDonald peacefully passed away Monday, November 27, 2023 in the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital after a brief illness. Sterling was born to Alexander and Mary MacDonald (Nee Holmes) on April 30th, 1942 in Middleton, Colchester County. Sterling is survived by his dedicated and loving partner, Janice Dill; his two daughters, Lisa (Alexander) Glennie, Dr. Mary ND (Gordon Ventura) MacDonald; his grandchildren, Rebecca Wilson, Alexander Glennie and Benjamin Glennie as well as his siblings, Ann (Donald) Gunning and Ian (Karin) MacDonald. He was predeceased by his older brother, Albert MacDonald. His early years were spent on his family farm in Middleton then to Lyons Brook when he was 5. He attended school in Lyons Brook. After a brief stint at Pictou Academy he graduated from West Pictou District High School along with many buddies who he stayed close with through the years. Throughout his teen years, Sterling had many great adventures all over Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. He always enjoyed sharing his stories with his children and their friends and later on with his grandchildren. After graduating he began a career in finance with Avco and then with Ford Credit which took him to beautiful North Sydney. His association with Ford Credit led him to what would be his lifetime career as a car dealer. As well as being a Ford dealer in Middleton for many years, he was one of the first Hyundai dealers in the Maritimes. “Sterl” hit the road at 15 on his motorcycle with no license or insurance and never looked back. Being a car dealer afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and he took advantage and loved every adventure. From Kenya to Korea to Europe to Miami Beach and to Alaska, Sterling made many friends along the way. But his heart was always in Nova Scotia, and more importantly, Pictou County. After his career as a car dealer, Sterling moved on to consulting and then into Real Estate in Pictou County. In all of what he did, he enjoyed interacting with people. He loved a good chat and spinning yarns with everyone who would lend him their ear. Thank you to the wonderful and caring doctors, nurses and staff at the Aberdeen Hospital. Visitation will be held Saturday at McLaren Funeral Home from 1-2 PM with the funeral to follow at 2 PM with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Anyone that would like to share a story about Sterling is more than welcome. There will be a reception to follow the funeral at the Lyons Brook Community Hall.