David MacDonald's Lasting Legacy

A kind man, a gentle individual, a loving friend, and an amazing teammate—just a few ways we remember the one of a kind, David MacDonald.

David passed away tragically on November 15th, 2009 at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute from septic shock due to a bacterial infection. Sadly, Davey was no stranger to hospitals where he had spent a significant amount of time throughout his life because of a heart condition.

In 2004, his dad, popular Nepean minor hockey coach, Allen MacDonald, died of a heart attack while jogging along the Rideau Canal. Four years later in 2008, his mom, Lori MacDonald, lost her ongoing battle with breast cancer. For everyone who knew David through these years knows he always showed poise and resilience and continued a positive attitude. He found himself at this point, with the responsibility of caring for his two younger brothers, Matthew and Jonathan. Although experiencing such loss himself, he cared for his brothers with such compassion and love displaying the true beauty he was.

David was full of charisma and charm. He loved to laugh with friends, play hockey and spend time at the cottage with his family. He lived a full and rewarding life and was loved and admired by so many. The Davey-Mac smile is something that will live on in us all.

The DMAC Dangler Campaign was launched to raise funds for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in David’s memory. The main fundraising event is the annual golf tournament. Each year we raise thousands of dollars towards research.

OVER $20,000




of DMAC Dangler Campaign proceeds go to The University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

With your minimum $5 donation, you will receive a DMAC Dangler bracelet imprinted with David’s unique saying “Beauty”. It exemplifies the fun loving personality and sense of humour David exhibited throughout all aspects of his life.

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