David’s love of family and sport
FAMILY, work and sport were the cornerstones of the life of the late David McDonald.
He went to school at Warwick West State School and Warwick State High School.
One of four children of Don and Jean McDonald, he loved his sport from a young age.
Like two of his siblings, Robyn and Greg, he played hockey in Warwick and in later years shared his shooting interests with his older brother Steven.
After leaving Warwick High, he started an apprenticeship in refrigeration and air-conditioning with his father Don.
David completed his apprenticeship and worked for Alpine Refrigeration, in Toowoomba.
In 1981, he married Rae and they lived in Toowoomba for a few years before moving to Alice Springs where he worked for a small refrigeration business which he later purchased.
His love of sport started in Warwick where he played hockey at school and for Saints in the Warwick Hockey Association.
While living in Alice Springs, he became involved in rifle shooting.
He won the Alice Springs and Joinery Senior Sports Award for rifle shooting and was upgraded at a Queens Shoot to B-grade.
David competed in South Australia and Queensland and won many trophies.
In 1984, he won the Central Australian Rifle Club Championship and was named top shooter of the year when representing the Northern Territory.
The family moved to Adelaide in 1988, to Port Pirie in 1990 and then back to Warwick where he worked with his father before taking over Don and Jean's refrigeration and air-conditioning business.
His wife Rae was involved with him in the business when in later years they focused more on air-conditioning as warming and cooling homes became more popular.
He supported his children Adrian, Jason and Julie in their sporting careers in Warwick, especially hockey, and was proud of their successes.
David later joined the Warwick East Bowls Club and enjoyed many successes, including a B-grade singles title in 2011.
He enjoyed his time on the green and around the clubhouse, especially triples and fours play, and sponsored events through the family business and offered his help as a volunteer.
Family was always important to David, a factor in their return to Warwick after a decade in the Northern Territory and South Australia.
David's family remember him as a true family man who was happy with peace and quiet.
When Rae and David moved away from Warwick in the 1980s, they were always in contact with both his family and Rae's family.