John "Jack" Miles MacDonald

Male 1899 - 1983

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  • Name  John "Jack" Miles MacDonald 
    Born  19 Nov 1899  Rama Township, Ontario Co Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Oct 1983  Whitby, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID  I02202  Lee,Harrington,Clarke,Doherty & Extended Family Trees
    Last Modified  2 Jul 2015 

    Father  Angus Donald McDonald,   b. 28 Jun 1864, Glengarry County, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1949 
    Mother  C. Harriet McMillan,   b. 20 May 1867, East Rama twp., Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1909, Black River R. C. Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jul 1896  St. Columbkille's Church, Uptergrove Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Genealogical Notes 
    • Marriage Register:
      (Ontario County) Angus McDonald, 30, farmer, Glengarry, Rama, s/o Mary Cameron & Rory McDonald, married Harriet McMillan, 28, Rama, same, d/o Miles McMillan & Catherine Kennedy, witn: John Weir & Harriet Kennedy, both of Rama, 21 July 1896, at Mara, R.C
    Family ID  F00750  Group Sheet

    Family  Evelyn Scelly,   b. 5 Oct 1903, Bracebridge, Muskoka Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1985, Whitby, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Kenneth MacDonald
     2. Helen MacDonald
     3. Allan MacDonald
     4. Keith MacDonald
    Family ID  F00754  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • St. Columbkille's R. C. ch., Uptergrove, Simcoe Co., Ontario
      Myles John, born Rama, Ont Nov 19, 1899, baptized Dec 10, 1899; son of Angus McDonald and Harriet McMillan; ; by Patrick Whitney

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Notes-.
      MacDonald, Jack

      Year Inducted: 2000
      City: Whitby
      Jack MacDonald moved to Whitby from Oshawa in 1932.

      In the late 1940?s, Jack?s developed a strong interest in baseball and he served as manager of the Whitby Intermediate Baseball Team in the early 1950?s. In addition to his involvement with this team, Jack was also instrumental in repairing and maintaining the north diamond of the Town Park and in procuring a building that was moved to the park for use as a storage room and change room until baseball was no longer permitted in that park.

      Jack realized that there was a need for a larger park if the Intermediate team was to join the West Toronto Baseball League and, to this end, reached an agreement with the Whitby Public School Board to build a park behind E. A. Fairman Public School. Jack, together with members of the team executive, approached Len Racher, a contractor, who agreed to supply equipment and materials to prepare the field at a cost of only fuel and wages for the bulldozer operator.

      After the park was completed it became the home for Larry?s BA?s of the Senior League until the team was disbanded. When this Senior team folded, Jack switched his attention and energies to the minor baseball program and in 1969, the Whitby Minor Baseball Association (WMBA) was formed, with Jack serving as Registrar from 1969 to 1972.

      In 1974, Jack was installed as an Honourary Life Member of the WMBA. During his involvement with baseball, Jack spent countless hours maintaining the baseball diamonds throughout the Town, but as the years went by, he came to regard Peel Park as his pet project. He could often be seen cutting the grass, dragging and lining the diamonds, and moving from park to park to watch baseball being played, particularly by the youth of the Town.

    2. [S8] Notes-.
      Member of the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame. "Mr. Baseball"

      former trustee of the Whitby Seperate School Board, former president of the Holy Name Society, at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church.

      Retired as maintenance foreman of the Whitby Psychiatric Hospital.

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