MacDonald, Edmund

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                                          EDMUND MACDONALD
                                          By Cathy Carnahan

Only a few ever make it to their 100th birthday, but even fewer make it to 100 and feel like dancing – Edmund MacDonald is one of the few.

The former lumberman, fisherman and salesman of Auburnville celebrated his 100th birthday at the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home in Chatham on Tuesday.

The home holds a birthday party every month for all those residents celebrating their birthdays and Tuesday they celebrated all those born in April.

Of course, Edmund was the celebrity because he was the oldest. And April 12 was the actual date he was born 100 years ago.

The Chatham Legionaires provided entertainment for the party. In fact, they’ve been entertaining at the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home for the past 17 years.

Edmund had a waltz with the home’s activity director Joan Gallant and later cut the huge birthday cake.

His daughter, Frances and son, both of Ontario were on hand for the special event as well as his other daughter who lives locally. His sister, Catherine McDonald of Bayside, was also present. She is to celebrate her 99th birthday in October. And there were cousins, nieces and nephews of Edmund’s present too.

The only thing ailing him is his hearing,” his daughter said. “He writes all the time,” she said. “He writes me sometimes twice a week and he writes my brother, too,” she said.

His son said, “He’s never been sick a day in his life and he’s always contributed his good health to God.”

“And he received excellent care here at the home,” his other daughter stated.

Source: Miramichi Leader Weekend – April 15, 1988

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