Wendy B. McDonald attends a charity fundraising event in October 2012. Photo courtest the CH.I.L.D. Foundation.
Vancouver – Wendy Burdon Mcdonald CM OBC LL.D. (Hon.) D.Tech. (Hon.), born June 13, 1922, peacefully passed away December 30, 2012.
From her childhood days growing up and working on the family farm in North Vancouver, BC, to her days as a leading businesswoman, philanthropist and community leader, McDonald displayed her value of hard work while enchanting everyone she met with her sense of adventure, caring attitude and exuberant love of life.
One of her greatest joys was her family. Married and widowed three times, McDonald had 10 children and was known as Tutu to 27 grandchildren and as Nui Tutu to 36 great grandchildren.
McDonald served more than 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. of Burnaby, BC, and later as BCB Corporate Services Ltd. for Norcan Fluid Power Ltd. and BC Bearing Chile SA. Under her leadership, BC Bearing was recognized with a number of awards, including Power Transmission Distributor of the Year presented by Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine, twice as one of the Top 50 Best-Managed Private Companies in Canada, and Canadian Association of Family Enterprise’s Jaguar Achievement Award.
The Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to her in commemoration of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne and in recognition of Wendy McDonald’s contributions to Canada.
She also was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia. She received the Veuve Cliquot Award of Distinction as Canadian Business Woman of the Year, a YWCA Women of Distinction award, the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award, and was inducted into Sales and Marketing Executives International’s Academy of Achievement Hall of Fame.
In her devotion to the community, she served as a trustee for the Schenley Awards, University Hospital at UBC, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and as a director of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, and the CH.I.L.D. Foundation (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders).
She served as president of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA), chair of Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council, as chair and, later, governor for the Vancouver Board of Trade, chair of the Canadian Council of the Americas (BC Chapter), as governor with the BC Institute of Technology, and as a director with Sandwell Inc., Zurich Canada and the Canada West Foundation, among others.
Among all of her family, business and community commitments, McDonald enjoyed swimming, gardening, fishing, golf and tennis, often at her cherished summer home in Halfmoon Bay, BC. Her passion for soccer was huge. Having been part of the ownership team of the original NASL Vancouver Whitecaps, she continued to be a proud supporter of Vancouver soccer up to its current MLS team.
She received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from the BC Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Simon Fraser University. When conferring the Degree on Wendy, the Chancellor at Simon Fraser University noted “in a world where so often profit seems the sole measure of a company’s worth, Wendy McDonald has proven that, even in an exceptionally competitive business, loyalty to employees and personal integrity can be and are rewarded with success, the love of her family, the respect of peers, and with the affection of community.”
Wendy will be sadly missed by: her sister, Peggy; her children, Sandra, Robby (Carol), Penny (Jacques), Scott (Cheryl), Robin, Bill (Sandi), Sherry, and Brooke; her loving friend, Deny Heffring; her grandchildren, Lance, Wendy, Camilla, Chris, Tina-Marie, Panny, Yann, Muriel, Cherise, Scotty, Meaghan, Kelsey Ann, Bill, Cameron, Mya, Brandy, Remy, Derek, Landon, Lisa, Sydney, Richard, Niki, Graham (GB), Marlon, and Joel; and her 36 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother Rupert, sisters Doreen and Avril, husbands Robert (Bob) A. S. MacPherson, William (Bill) D. Dix and Sydney (Syd) McDonald, son Kerry, daughter Candace, grandson Robby, and son-in-law Eric.
The family would like to thank Dr. Boileu and Dr. Bains, Kit Kat and Janice, Grace McCarthy, Bob Stocks and Vancouver Coastal Health for all of their support.
A service will be held Thursday, January 10, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Capilano Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Dr., North Vancouver, BC. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Capilano Golf and Country Club, 420 Southborough Dr. W., Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the CH.I.L.D Foundation in memory of Wendy McDonald (604-736-0645).