Joshua James MacDonald

Obituary of Joshua James MacDonald

Joshua James MacDonald

2002 - 2020

Josh was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin who left us far too soon.

He was an unfailingly kind and thoughtful young man, a joy to spend time with greeting you with an infectious smile and a calm, quiet demeanour.

Josh was curious and interested in learning about his world. Outings and exploring with his Mom Amy, Nanny Eileen, Aunt Cheryl, and later younger brother James was always welcome, and even as he got older, he took every opportunity for a road trip with Nanny.

Josh and his brother James shared a special relationship the moment his younger brother came into Josh’s life. James admired and looked up to his big brother. As they were getting older, they were spending more time together developing shared interests.

Over the past number of years, Josh really enjoyed spending quality time with his Uncle Cory. His Aunt Cheryl was always a big influence in Josh’s life, offering encouragement and support; all with a good dose of laughter and fun.

Josh excelled working with computers. He was a talented cook and enjoyed preparing meals for his family who were guaranteed to sit down to a delicious stir fry, salmon or wings and ribs, to name a few. Josh’s family was so very proud of the man he was becoming. Their beloved Josh was setting goals and priorities and making plans for the future. He had a quick wit and a unique sense of humour, something his family and friends loved about Josh.

Josh cherished his relationship with his Mom and his Nanny, and the loss of his mother was particularly hard. Josh had a close and loving relationship with his Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Cory, his brother James, and he delighted in being an older cousin to Clayton and Madison; also, Kyle Aucoin, who Josh knew all his life. He will be sorely missed by a large, extended family all across the country, and they are saddened that they cannot be here.

Simply seeing Josh and his girlfriend MacKenzie Taylor together let you know he loved her dearly. Logan Zakaluk and Connor Adams enjoyed a true and loyal friend in Josh. Josh was a gentle, kind-hearted, talented young man and it’s important to remember how special he was, and how much he was loved and valued by family and friends.

It was a privilege to have had Josh in our lives, and he will forever be in our hearts.

Josh is survived by his brother James, his grandmother (Nanny) Eileen MacDonald, his uncle Cory MacDonald, his aunt Cheryl MacDonald, his cousins Clayton and Madison MacDonald, and his grandfather Arnold MacDonald. He was predeceased by his mother Amy MacDonald.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta, 5002 – 39 Street, Red Deer AB, T4N 2P2, or online at, Boys and Girls Club, 4633 - 49th Street, Red Deer AB, T4N 1T4, or online at, or a charity of one’s choice.


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