Jack MacDonald
Canadian politician
Jack MacDonald
John A. "Jack" MacDonald was a politician, businessman, and journalist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He served as Mayor of Hamilton from 1976 to 1980, and wrote a column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper for many years.
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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Named Most Generous American Philanthropists Of 2013
Huffington Post - about 3 years
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Monday that Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013. The top 50 contributors made donations last year totaling $7.7 billion, plus pledges of $2.9 billion. The Chronicle's editor says the most significant fact from the list was the amount of money coming from living donors, which totaled about the same amount as the two previous years combined. "It's a sure sign that the economy is getting better and people are getting a lot less cautious," said Stacy Palmer, Chronicle editor. Some of the nation's biggest givers do not appear on the 2013 list, not bec ...
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Philanthropy, stock-picking, and Presbyterian frugality
Reuters.com - about 3 years
I love the story of Jack MacDonald, which is only becoming public now, after his death. The short version: MacDonald inherited a substantial fortune from his parents, the proprietors of MacDonald Meat Co. in Seattle. But he made the classic promise to himself, that he wasn’t going to let the money change his life — and he kept it. He worked as a government lawyer for 30 years, he clipped coupons, he wore tatty sweaters, and even at the end of his life he was imploring his doctor to treat him only with generic drugs. He died a happy man, and bequeathed his fortune to three charities: the law school from which he graduated in 1940; Seattle Children’s, a pediatric research institute beloved of his mother; and the Salvation Army, in memory of his father. Or rather, he bequeathed the income from his fortune equally to all three charities. The fortune itself — valued at $188 million — will remain fully invested. MacDonald did not like to spend his money, but he loved to invest it: Whe ...
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Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions (Nina Golgowski/NY Daily News)
Memeorandum - about 3 years
Nina Golgowski / NY Daily News: Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions  —  Jack MacDonald, who kept a meager lifestyle all his life, was never poor as he appeared but was in fact a secret millionaire.  MacDonald's astonishing donations from his will mark the largest philanthropic gift in Washington State this year.
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Seattle man's frugal life leaves rich legacy for three institutions - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Google News - about 3 years
Seattle man's frugal life leaves rich legacy for three institutions Walla Walla Union-Bulletin When he spotted a bargain price on frozen orange juice one year, Jack MacDonald bought so many cans that he had to purchase a new stand-alone freezer just to hold them all. He clipped coupons, wore sweaters with holes in them to make people think he ... and more »
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Huffington Post - over 3 years
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Colts camp all ready for kick-start - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Fellow 2011 draft pick Jack MacDonald and free-agent invitee Jake Patterson, of the Barrie 'AAA' major midget team, will also be in camp. "He's a highly regarded goalie for his age group, whether he sticks here or not will be depending on his play
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Irene may impact road closure - Times and Transcript
Google News - over 5 years
The manager of engineering, Jack MacDonald, said the tender package went out Aug. 24 and no bids have been received yet. "We're looking for about three bids," he said. "If all goes well, it looks like the beginning next week, we will start the work
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Salisbury Road to close for repairs - CanadaEast.com
Google News - over 5 years
City council held an emergency meeting yesterday where Jack MacDonald, manager of the engineering department, discussed the project. "At this particular point, part of the guardrail is gone, part of the shoulder is gone, and there's another tension
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Family member reflects back on history of grand hotel; What happened to the ... - Redwood Times
Google News - over 5 years
John and Teresa Porter and Jack Macdonald purchased the Inn in 1994, bringing over 50 years of inn-keeping experience with them. They later purchased the golf course and RV park and have continued to upgrade and restore what is now called the Benbow
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Champions stay in title chase after victory at Lovat - Highland News
Google News - over 5 years
Jack MacDonald gave Beauly the lead, with Lochcarron levelling through Criosdain Finlayson. Lochaber enhanced their chances of a likely second place finish, but had to work hard for their victory at the Bught against Inverness
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Bike lane anger boils over at meeting - Daily Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
"I don't think it's the perfect solution, but it's a start," she said, before asking city engineer Jack MacDonald what would be done to counter the fact school buses make frequent stops along the roadway. Currently, motorists could of course go around
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Adquisiciones declinan en junio conforme caída del mercado desalienta gastos - latercera.com
Google News - over 5 years
“El mercado ha hecho una pausa”, dijo Jack MacDonald, uno de los jefes de fusiones y adquisiciones para las Américas de Bank of America Corp. en Palo Alto, California. “Dada la situación económica desfavorable y la volatilidad del mercado,
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Dealmaking Hits Bump as Market Slump Overshadows Cash Pile - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
"The market has taken a bit of a breather," said Jack MacDonald, co-head of Americas M&A at Bank of America Corp. in Palo Alto, California. "Given economic headwinds and market volatility, CEOs seem to be taking a brief pause before pulling the trigger
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Lochcarron in the sights of Camanachd Leodhais - Stornoway Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Beauly were putting Lewis under pressure and opened the scoring in 21mins when Jack Macdonald fired in a shot past Conor Macdonald in the Lewis goal. Lewis though were holding their own and youth player Daniel McFadden, Innes Lamont and veteran youth
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Beauly and Cabers set for semi-final clash - Highland News
Google News - over 5 years
Cabers will look to Scotland under-21 international Kevin Bartlett and strike partner Stewart Kryzanowski to provide their cutting edge, whilst teenager Jack MacDonald and Shaun Stewart will be two members of the Beauly frontline who will be watched
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 83
    MacDonald died in a Hamilton hospice on May 5, 2010, at the age of 82.
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  • 2004
    Age 77
    He underwent open heart surgery in September 2004.
    More Details Hide Details When asked about his legacy after being discharged from hospital, he said, "There are very, very few people who are neutral about Jack MacDonald, and I like it that way".
  • 2003
    Age 76
    MacDonald supported Larry Di Ianni's bid to become mayor of Hamilton in 2003, and became involved with the new Conservative Party of Canada in early 2004.
    More Details Hide Details There was speculation throughout 2004 that the Red Hill Creek Expressway would be renamed after MacDonald, but this proposal was defeated by council in 2005.
  • 2002
    Age 75
    He retired from the Spectator in late 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 73
    In 2000, he supported Bob Wade over Morrow for mayor.
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  • 1999
    Age 72
    MacDonald supported the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris at the provincial level, although he also wrote a piece strongly critical of the government just prior to the 1999 provincial election.
    More Details Hide Details MacDonald argued that Harris "betrayed" Hamilton-Wentworth by refusing to impose one-tier government, and openly speculated about voting against the Progressive Conservatives for the first time in his life. He was later reconciled with the government, and argued that Harris was the logical choice to lead a united federal conservative party.
    He remained a supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party at the federal level, and wrote pieces supporting party leader Jean Charest while criticizing the rival right-wing Reform Party of Preston Manning. He voted for Joe Clark to return as Progressive Conservative leader in 1999, although he also argued that both Clark and Manning would need to leave the federal scene for a united conservative party to emerge.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 57
    He campaigned for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 federal election, running for the Progressive Conservative Party in Hamilton East.
    More Details Hide Details The PCs did not have a strong support base in this region, and he finished third with 30.5 per cent against Liberal candidate Sheila Copps and New Democrat David Christopherson. This loss effectively ended his career as a politician. The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government under Brian Mulroney, and MacDonald was appointed to the federal parole board. MacDonald wrote on political matters for the Hamilton Spectator throughout the 1990s, and into the 2000s. He continued to support plans for the Red Hill Creek Expressway and regional amalgamation, and frequently wrote in support of mayor Bob Morrow and regional chair Terry Cooke.
  • 1982
    Age 55
    It has been reported that MacDonald reached an agreement with Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard near the end of his mandate, to bring the Colorado Rockies hockey franchise to Hamilton in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details His successor is said to have rejected the arrangement, causing the plan to fall through. MacDonald was a strong supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party at the federal level. He supported Paul Hellyer's bid for the party leadership in 1976, although he also became an admirer of Joe Clark's abilities during the same campaign. During his tenure as mayor, he once presented Clark with a novelty "Trudeau pencil", mocking Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The pencil had an eraser on both ends, and no point.
  • 1980
    Age 53
    He was unexpectedly defeated in 1980, losing to a 73-year-old.
    More Details Hide Details He was a former Chairman of the regional conservation authority and a former alderman for the City of Hamilton. William Powell who was unknown before the election. The Globe and Mail described the result as a "major upset". Powell won the election by promising integrity in government and by criticizing MacDonald as arrogant and uncompromising, describing him as "a good salesman but a poor manager". MacDonald launched a strong bid for re-election in 1982, but lost to Bob Morrow.
    In 1980, he supported plans by the Hamilton Harbour commissioners to build for an industrial area on the city's Beach Strip.
    More Details Hide Details He also encouraged airport expansion and upgrades to the city's transit system. He was an early supporter of one-tier government for the Hamilton region, and in May 1978 supported a provincial commission report which called for Hamilton to be amalgamated with neighbouring municipalities. This plan was opposed by many in the municipalities, who worried that the city would burden them with financial costs and overwhelm their local identities. The provincial government rejected the one-tier recommendation and MacDonald, in protest, insisted that the province pay the full cost of the commission report. MacDonald endorsed property tax assessment reform in 1978, noting that the city had lost $1.5 million in appeals the previous year. Conservative in matters of perceived government interference, he opposed plans for mandatory smoke detectors in Hamilton apartments and was openly contemptuous of the city's anti-smoking by-law.
  • 1979
    Age 52
    In 1979, he was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of former prime minister John Diefenbaker.
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    In 1979, he approved a freeway construction project which eventually became known as the Red Hill Creek Expressway.
    More Details Hide Details MacDonald himself owned a house on the Red Hill Valley, where the highway corridor was slated to run. He was quoted as saying, "I would prefer it in somebody else's backyard but I've got a greater responsibility than that".
    He also endorsed a pledge by the federal government to assist in construction of a National Hockey League-sized arena for the city in 1979, and argued that Hamilton deserved a team in the next NHL expansion.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, the city approved an $80 million plan for a football stadium and arena.
  • 1978
    Age 51
    With no strong opposition candidates, MacDonald was easily re-elected mayor in November 1978.
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    MacDonald was a colourful figure in office, and endorsed several large development projects for the city. In 1978, he led the city council into accepting a multimillion-dollar plan for an office tower and convention centre in downtown Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details The plan, which resulted in the Hamilton Convention Centre and the Ellen Fairclough Building above it, was formally endorsed by the provincial government later in the year.
    He was re-elected again in 1978.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 49
    He served as Mayor of Hamilton from 1976 to 1980, and wrote a column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper for many years.
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  • 1972
    Age 45
    He was elected citizen of the year in 1972 and ran again for mayor in 1976, this time winning.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    He ran for Mayor of Hamilton in 1956 and 1962 but lost.
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  • 1953
    Age 26
    In 1953 he became deputy mayor.
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  • 1949
    Age 22
    In 1949 he became the youngest alderman ever elected in the City of Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the youngest person to be elected to public office at that time in Canada.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Age 0
    MacDonald was born in 1927 in London, Ontario and moved to Hamilton, Ontario in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 15 he quit school and at 16 joined the Canadian Navy, becoming a qualified torpedo man. After the Second World War he apprenticed with his father and uncle as a plumber, before starting his own heating and cooling business in 1951.
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