Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of Ron MacDonald.

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and pit crew member Ron MacDonald of the #37 Race team. Ron was an active member of the Marvin Freiburger #37 Race Team for about 10 years. Ron was not just “Marvin’s Spotter”, you often found him working under the car, beside the car and in the shop preparing for races. He also helped Marvin analize the Nascar Races they would watch in order to improve their own racing experiences. Ron was all about detail. He loved the challenges that racing presented to him and it was evident that he strived in his everyday life to continue to overcome those challenges. He loved Geocaching, hunting, RC Flying, ham radios, adventures and making new friends.

Ronald “Ron” MacDonald

Ronald  “Ron” James MacDonald, of Walkerton, tragically after an accident in Effingham, Illinois on his way to visit family for the holidays, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022.  He was 65.

Born on January 12, 1957 in Durham Ontario to the late Calvin and Kathleen (nee Kirkpatrick) MacDonald. Ron was a hard working, gentle man who thoroughly enjoyed working with Freiburger & Sons as a Parts Manager. He was very involved with Marvin Freiburger #37 Racing Team.  He loved to interact with the clients and staff all the time, even taking up hobbies along side of them. He loved the Ham Radio as well as Geocashing on his spare time.

Survived by devoted wife Charlotte “Charlie” (nee Arterberry) MacDonald of Walkerton. Loved father of Valentina MacDonald (Micheal Helm) and Sheryl-Lynn MacDonald (Korey Orson) both of Owen Sound. Special stepfather of Joe Helton, Bobby Helton and Adam Helton. His favorite name to be called was Grandpa and he will be missed forever by Jazzmine, Jess, Joshua, Kyria-Lynn, Brooklynn, Jayden, Sydney and great grandpa Jayden and Emmaline. Fondly remembered by his sister Carolyn (Leslie) Abell of Dunkeld and niece Sara and nephew Adam Abell. Predeceased by his parents and first wife Marilyn.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 5-8 pm with a Memorial Service taking place on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 11am.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment of ashes will be interred in  Durham Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. 


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