It is with sadness that we announce the passing of June Winnifred (Crowhurst) Macdonald. She died quietly at her home near Mount Forest on Sunday, March 16, 2024, surrounded by her family. Wife of Dr. James Macdonald. Mother of Andrew Macdonald (Kim), and Mary Joy Macdonald (Ian). Grandmother of Alaina Macdonald (Alvaro), and Eric Macdonald (Lauren). Remembered by her niece Jenny Crowhurst (Ladi), and their children Mija and Niko, and by her nephew Kevin Crowhurst (Kelly), and their children Oliver and James. June was predeceased by her son Peter Macdonald, brothers Graham Crowhurst and David Crowhurst, and by her parents Albert and Etta (Collins) Crowhurst. June grew up in the Mimico area of Etobicoke, Toronto. She graduated from Registered Nurse training at The Hospital for Sick Children in 1957 and worked as a surgical nurse and assistant head nurse. At the YWCA of Cambridge, Ontario, she served many vital functions (Volunteer Co-ordinator, President. Board Member) and was recognized in 1998 as one of the 50 most influential women in the history of the Cambridge YWCA. In Minto Township, June contributed further to her community through her church (choir, Minto Refugee Settlement Committee, Canadian Foodgrains Bank at Knox-Calvin in Harriston). She worked within the small but mighty Minto Heritage Association which published two books about local barns, as well as documenting further buildings and cemeteries. June and her husband Jim have also made many contributions to land preservation through agreements with the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy. Forward-thinking, dedicated to community and family, and above all gracious and kind, she will be missed by many. The Celebration of June’s life will be held at Knox-Calvin Presbyterian Church, Harriston on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2:00pm, with reception to follow. Memorial donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Minto Refugee Settlement Committee, or Plan International Canada would be appreciated and may be made through the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston. Online condolences may be left at

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