John Andrew "Alex Rankin" MacDonald
1936 - 2024
John Andrew "Alex Rankin" MacDonald
Burial Information
Burial Location
St. Ninian Cemetery - Antigonish, NS
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MacDonald, John A. "Alexander Joseph Rankin," age 88, of Antigonish, NS, passed away on May 13, 2024. at home.

Born on April 13, 1936, at Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Annie Fraser. John considered Mabou, NS, his hometown, and also spoke fondly of Vulcan Avenue in Sydney, NS.  A passionate lover of Cape Breton  fiddle music, John found joy and comfort in the traditional sounds of his heritage.

John, who preferred to be called "Alex Rankin" by those close to him, had a diverse career. He worked for the Gulf Oil company in Alberta and later for the Cornish Arms in Antigonish. Known for his enthusiasm for electronic gadgets, "Alex" was always eager to explore the latest technology. He enjoyed socializing and was a familiar face to the staff at the Antigonish Mall, where he spent many happy hours chatting and building connections.

A devout Roman Catholic and supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, John was deeply committed to his faith and political beliefs. In his later years, "Alex" made his home in Antigonish, a town he affectionately referred to as "Little Vatican City." Known for his love of strong tea, he would often emphasize his preference by saying it was ready "only if you can stand on it."

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gaelic College, reflecting Alex’s generous spirit and love for Cape Breton fiddle. 

gaeliccollege.edu/about/donations-bursaries/

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Antigonish Branch of Nova Scotia Continuing Care, and Dr. Patricia Menard.

A private burial was held in St. Ninian Cemetery, Antigonish, with Deacon Art Riley presiding.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish.  Online condolences:  www.clcurry.com

John Andrew "Alex Rankin" MacDonald