Colette Felicie MacDonald passed away in Ottawa on June 9, 2020 at the age of 87. Colette was born in Metz, France on January 22, 1933, the only child of Emile Buhrer, a French government worker, and Felicie Weinz.
For 58 years, Colette was the wife and dance partner of Sunny Brae native Reggie MacDonald until his passing on July 14, 2011(Bastille Day in France). Colette was employed from 1972-1992 at the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa where she was the Personal Secretary to the Chief of Medicine. The family of Colette’s father hailed from Switzerland and settled in Germany. Emile left Germany and joined the French Foreign Legion and served in Africa from 1928-1932. In the spring of 1932 Emile moved to Metz where he became a professional soccer player on a French National Team. During the occupation of France by German soldiers in WW11, Colette’s parents secreted in their attic Dr. Bercovitch, a medical doctor of the Jewish faith and assisted him in surviving the war. Reggie was a RCAF officer stationed in Metz and that is where Colette and Reggie married on June 19, 1954. In 1955, their first son, Michel (Mike) Alain MacDonald was born. On May17, 1957 the MacDonald family moved back to Nova Scotia where Reggie was stationed at the Greenwood Air Base. Their second son Jean Paul (J.P.) was born in Middleton. The MacDonald family then moved to Halifax where Reggie was stationed and that is where their third son, David Emile MacDonald was born in 1962. From May 1964 to July 1968, the family resided in Ramstein, Germany where Reggie was attached to the NATO Air Base. The family then moved to Ottawa where Reggie was stationed. Colette is survived by Ottawa residents – Mike’s widow Bonnie; J.P. and his wife Lynn; David and his wife Shannon and their children Matthew (Michelle) and Amanda (Jacob); and great-grandchildren Chloe and Madison. Mike, the international acclaimed comedian, passed away in Ottawa on March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick’s Day). Locally, Colette is survived by her brothers-in-law Gerald MacDonald and judge Clyde MacDonald of New Glasgow. A gathering of family and friends will take place in Sunny Brae in the summer of 2021 where there will be a celebration of the lives of Colette and Reggie.