WO Elizabeth “Anne” MacDonald, CD, RCCS (Retired)
Anne had just started the next chapter of her life. Unfortunately, the Universe had other plans, and she unexpectedly slipped away from us last Saturday morning, 26 October 2019.
Born 51 years ago in Montreal, Anne was the youngest and most adorable baby of Ina Mae Butler and Chipman John MacDonald, of Tide Head and Kegwick River, New Brunswick. She was predeceased by both her parents, who were taken from us just a few short years ago, and are still mourned deeply.
When Anne joined the Army her family thought she was going through a rebellion, a phase that would pass. Later, they looked on with pride at her 31 year career, before her eventual retirement in 2018.
Anne made life-long friends throughout her CAF career, there are too many to list here but they know who they are and she loved them to the end. It was also in the CAF that she met her first husband, Wayne Forster, the father of her 2 children: Haley and Kaela. Both girls, like their mother, spent their childhood summers at Fairfield Pond with Anne and their beloved grandparents, Chip and Ina. Anne watched with pride as they grew into the young women they are today.
Anne had a distinguished career in the Canadian Army in the Communications Research trade retiring as a Warrant Officer. She served in Gander, NFLD, Alert, NWT, Kingston, Bosnia, Texas, Ottawa, Afghanistan, Ottawa and retired in Kingston. Not only did she serve “on the ground” in Afghanistan, but she worked supporting the Mission before and after the deployment, including as Operations Warrant Officer at CFB Leitrim.
Instead of flowers, please consider making a contribution to an organization that Anne cared for deeply and supported passionately, Wounded Warriors Canada which honours and supports Canada’s ill and injured CAF members, Veterans, First Responders, especially those with PTSD, and their families.
Those wishing to pay respects to the family and say goodbye to Anne are invited to attend a funeral service Sunday 10 November 2019 at 1:00, James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, Ontario. Although it is not a military service, uniforms and/or medals are welcome. A visitation will be available Saturday 9 November 2019, from 3:00-6:00 pm.