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Susan Jane McDonald

January 26, 1961

May 15, 2023

Susan Jane McDonald passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2023. She was born on January 26, 1961, in Saskatoon, the daughter of Drs. Ian and Anne McDonald. Susan spent her childhood in Saskatoon, attending Greystone Heights, Grosvenor Park, and Aden Bowman Collegiate, with a brief period in Scotland. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she embarked on a fulfilling career as a publicist for Persephone and 25th Street Theatres. Later, she pursued an apprenticeship in Halifax with the Neptune before joining the communications and marketing department at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont. Susan’s passion for learning led her to further her education and she successfully completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in English. This marked the beginning of her dedication to teaching, which spanned several decades at the University of Saskatchewan and SaskPolytechnic. Susan’s outstanding teaching abilities were widely acknowledged, earning her the USSU Teaching Excellence Award and the MacIntosh Award for Graduate English Research. Her commitment to education remained unyielding throughout her life.

Alongside her professional pursuits, Susan actively engaged in various governance roles, serving on boards, committees, and volunteering her time for organizations such as the YMCA, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and, most recently, as the president of Word on the Street. Her involvement in these endeavors focused on promoting authors and ensuring access to exceptional literary talent. Susan had an unwavering devotion to the arts, including theatre, movies, music, and, above all, reading. She found joy in activities such as golfing, baking, participating in karaoke, and showcasing her wit as a pub trivia champion. Her sense of humor brought laughter to those around her.

Susan will be deeply missed by her brothers, David (Lois) McDonald, Bruce (Bernie) McDonald, and her sister, Shelagh McDonald. She also leaves behind a close family friend, Sandra Ribeiro, and her nephews, Michael McDonald, Stephen (Kortney) McDonald, and Henry (Harry) Ribeiro. Additionally, she will be fondly remembered by a vast circle of friends and former students. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Ian and Anne McDonald, her sister Catherine (Cathy) McDonald, and other extended family members.

A memorial service in Susan’s honor will take place at her favorite spot, Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.), on October 1 at 8 pm. Bagpipes will fill the air, and karaoke will be enjoyed throughout the evening – though not simultaneously. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or a charity of personal significance.

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