Donald Clayton MacGregor
May 8, 1940 ~ September 3, 2013
A life well lived…
Don passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his beloved wife Sharen, after a lengthy illness.
Don thrived in the grocery industry, working his way up from an Ontario A&P grocery clerk at sixteen in Oshawa to store manager in Belleville, Napanee, Smith Falls, before moving west. Tenures in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Fort Nelson, Valleyview and Peace River culminated in owning and operating Macgregor Foods Ltd. in Swan Hills, AB, where he experienced tremendous success in the Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards. Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. A consumate people person, he excelled in the retail environment, enjoying the comradery and respect of staff and customers alike. Illness forced an earlier than anticipated retirement to Creston, BC, however Don soon rebounded and worked five more years part time with the Overwaitea Food group. An avid classic car enthusiast, he enjoyed restoring and showing his fleet. A second diagnosis precipitated a quick move “back home” to Napanee, Ontario, where he could enjoy another love in his life… horses. Double Mac Racing was born, and Don immensely enjoyed nearly four seasons of racing quarter horses at Ajax Downs.
Don is survived by his wife Sharen, six children, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, his sister, eight nieces and nephews and their families, as well as a multitude of wonderful friends.
Cremation has taken place, and he will rest in the family plot in Castleton, Ontario.