Robert MacDonald

Robert Torrance MacDonald

Wednesday, March 26th, 1952 - Thursday, August 8th, 2019
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Lin Wolfe

Posted at 06:02pm
Bob was such important member of our swim team family. He always treated us girls with respect and kindness. Bob instinctively knew when to provide insightful advice or offer emotional support. He could bring your spirits up just by smiling at you.

With that sparkle, Bob also had a wonderful mischievous side - who was an expert at "t-peeing" your house. I never figured out how he knew the morning would have a light dew but he did. I had to pull all that toilet paper off the trees shrubs and grass with chopsticks the next morning. Bob also was one of the instigators who lifting Coach Jacklin's VW bug and sat it in between two of the swimming pool entrance poles. Now that was a great stunt.

Bob was a good friend and a good man. I truly will miss him.

Lin Murakami

Marsha Smith Rowntree

Posted at 04:38pm
In the Celtic Worlds, a man tall in Spirit is a rare soul. Bob was such a man. I am honored and blessed to have encountered Bob's loving spirit in Life's Journey. Bob was not only a lifelong friend, but a treasured brother to me. Bob's spirit is only a soul's step away, still whispering encouragement to all of us to always be our best and do our best. In life, Bob thrived on adventures, his courageous soul always exploring new frontiers in the outer and inner worlds. Bob is, was, and ever shall Be, there forever more for all of us, who loved him.

Marsha Smith Rowntree, lane 5

Randy Ainslie

Posted at 02:01pm
Very sad news indeed.
My heart goes out to the family and friends. I was lucky to have him in my sphere as a swimmer at DD. He was a great spirit and inspiration. Randy

Lindy Wunn

Posted at 08:55pm
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. I really enjoyed growing up with him and spent many , many hour sitting around the swimming pool telling and listening to his stories. He was that person who always had a smile and made you laugh with him just being him. Although it has been many years since I have seen him he was always one of the gang that I remember fondly and made being part of a special group that much more special. He will be greatly missed.

Samuel A Booth

Posted at 01:06am
Heather and Clark, and Rodney,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother, my high school and lifelong friend, Bob. What a guy. I will miss him, and I will miss not following up with visits and conversations, and all that I learned from Bob since sophomore year at David Douglas. I was never in his "lane," but I was at the cafeteria table together, and all the swim meets, and the practices at Blue Lake Park, he in the water, swimming the laps for free, and me in the towers with the other lifeguards, making $2.25 an hour. I'm glad to have known him, and expected to see more of him in our retiring years. I can feel his bear hugs and hear his resonant voice and see his smile. He was a force of personality, and was as strong as they come. I couldn't believe how many hand stand pushups he could do!
Bobby, so long. I will miss you.
Sam Booth, MD
Class of 1970, David Douglas H.S.
a swimmer who tried to be fast

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