Macdonald, Rev. Dr. Lloyd George, died in Bedford, N.S., on January 15, 2016 at the age of 72. Born in New Glasgow, N.S., he grew up on Pictou Island and in Thorburn, Pictou County. After graduation from St. Francis Xavier University, he studied at McGill University and then at the Presbyterian College, Montreal, from which he graduated in 1974.
On June 11, 1974 he was ordained as a minister by the Presbytery of Pictou at Union Church, Thornburn, N.S. He served as the minister at charges in Port Cartier, Que., and Eckville, Alta.; and then in three charges in the Presbytery of Halifax and Lunenburg: the New Dublin-Conquerall charge which included Knox, Dublin Shore, St. Matthew's, Conquerall Mills, and St. Matthew's, West Dublin, in a shared ministry with three congregations of the United Church of Canada, the First Sackville congregation in Lower Sackville and the Knox congregation in Halifax. He retired in 2007 but served the First Sackville Church until Dec. 31, 2008. Twice the Synod of the Atlantic Provinces elected him as its moderator. In May 2004, the Presbyterian College, Montreal, conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
George was a person of deep faith, a diligent pastor, a talented preacher, a compelling storyteller and a caring friend to many people. A memorial service was held on April 2, 2016 in First Sackville Church, Lower Sackville, N.S., with burial on June 29 in Thornburn Cemetery, Thornburn, N.S.