Alexander John MacDonald

In loving Memory of Alexander John MacDonald

 Alexander John MacDonald

20/01/1968 - 28/08/2021

The funeral service for Mr Alexander John MacDonald will be held on Monday 6th September 2021, commencing at 11.00am

                                      Tribute Video


                             Live Stream Service

Friends and family are invited to view the service by clicking the link and downloading the Order of Service via the links below :

Order of Service

Alexander's friends and family invite you to leave tributes and share memories below.



  1. It is sad, Alex will truly be missed.

    I would have liked to be able to attend his farewell and would have loved to see a funeral procession through the city on a horse and carriage and pay my last respects, I had hoped he would be able to attend my wedding but COVID has prevented much that we normally take for granted ,

    Alex had an amassing perspective on the city. The many hours I had spent with him in conversation are memorable. I am comforted by his own strength in his last days. He loved Melbourne, Dream and his family and horses. .Melbourne will never be the same without him. I had named my daughter (Sasha) in part after him. I am sure he will live on in our collective memories. RIP Alex (Sasha)

  2. First day I spoke to Alex, we just smiled, said hello and talked as if we had known each other all our life. That is the sort of guy Alex is. He was very thoughtful, extremely kind, an awesome sense of humour and spoke knowledgably on subjects that most would struggle to know anything about! He just adored Dream and his gentle way with her and all around him left you just feeling at ease. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and when we spoke it was just like picking up from this mornings conversation and it may have been weeks or at times months between chats. He had a very strong relationship with his family. We got to know his sisters and he was so genuinely proud of them. I remember saying to him its a shame he does not get to talk to them more. He burst out laughing and said I talk to them at least every week…and Clare every day. He loved it! When you chatted to Alex, you were there with him. He was engrossed in what ever we were talking about. A couple of times I saw him in the city, started chatting and I was worried I was stopping him from work. “Let’s go get a quick beer” – he had a cheeky, mischievous way but just genuine and seriously loved life. Vanessa and I had the luck to go on several holidays with Alex and Dream – we were hoping for more. He will be sadly missed by both of us – we send all our love to Dream and his family. Love Greg and Vanessa

  3. To Dream and the MacDonald clan…we offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of such a nice bloke. Over the years we have always enjoyed Alex’s company when Nick & Clare have been in Melb – he seemed to have a sparkle in his eye every time! Sorely missed but never forgotten. Love Roo & Rach Gill and boys

  4. Dear Deam & the MacDonald Family,

    Alex, you will be truly missed. You were a wonderful and loyal friend and we shared so many holidays and happy times together. You were the best housemate ever and always so full of life and good energy. I would do anything to give you a big hug and share a beer with you. Love Marcus xxx

  5. so sorry to hear of the passing of my good mate alex , had broken many of his coach horses for him , they used to come across from king island as wild as march hares , when alex got them home he worked them as a pair around the streets of nth melb till they were ready to go to town , a great horse man he will be missed , R I P Alex

  6. A lifelong family friend. Alex I watched you grow at Holy Redeemer Primary School, playing sport together at SHMAC and Canterbury FC and saw you develop in to the respected and wonderful man that you became. Our friendship lasted a lifetime and I always enjoyed our meetings and passing conversations whilst we were both working in the CBD and could always share a laugh at the goings on in our town. It was an honour and a privilege to know you Alex and you will be truly missed. Condolences to Dream and the MacDonald family.

  7. Will miss you Alex loved traveling with you over sea. You where a great mate.
    Condolences to you Dream and the MacDonald family. Will miss you 😢 ❤️🍺

  8. Alex, words can’t describe how devastated I am. You were like a brother to me and so many of my fondest memories in life had you in it. You lived and played hard and I adored you. My heart goes out to Dream and all your family. Until we meet again, my old friend ❤️

  9. Our deepest condolences to Dream and all the MacDonald family.
    Taken too soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Fond memories always especially in the city seeing you doing what you loved. We will miss you!
    All our love, Robert, Yoon-Hee and Sophia

  10. With all our love to Dream, Alex’s family and friends.
    We will miss the catch ups, your laugh, past camping trips will stay precious memories of a beautiful man.
    The lights will be a bit dimmer for us when next we are able to go into Melbourne. It was and will always be for us fond memories of our sons running after carriages and Alex scooping them up when they were younger to feel the horses mane and pat them. It was always the go to in previous times to feel that Alex was the heart of Melbourne and he will be sadly missed in this community as well. We feel such sadness but know the joy that came from knowing such a man as Alex will leave room in our hearts to reflect on for many years to come. Our sincere condolences and love to Dream who our heart breaks for X Jim, Kim, Kosta, Alex and Lukas Milonakos X

  11. It’s hard to believe Alex is no longer with us He was so full of life and energy. A very generous man who was happy to help and give advice. I came to know Alex when I was having trouble finding a suitable carriage horse and after a year looking in desperation I bought a young Percheron to break in.
    Alex and Dream very generously offered me horse Patrick which got me up and going straight away.
    If Alex saw me on the road with the buggy he’d pull over for a yarn and would look over my harness and hitch to make sure it was correct. Earlier this year Alex sold me a second horse Laura to look after In her retirement from city driving. .
    I’ve had tremendous fun with the horses taking them in buggy rides in the countryside all thanks to Alex and his great generosity and guidance.
    Alex kept the tradition of horse carriages in Melbourne alive too and enabled so many city tourists and residents to enjoy the sight and sounds of horses and carriages. He leaves behind a great legacy.
    Our sincere condolences to Dream and the McDonald family on the loss of a beautiful man.

  12. Deepest condolences to Dream, Brian, Geraldine and family. 😘
    While our friendship spans over 20 years and sharing a love of horses and driving we will miss you. Our visits from Queensland to Melbourne may have been few and far between but you always made time for a chat, coffee or beer. It was as if we lived so much closer to you as the conversation just continued on. We will miss you Alex and Melbourne streets will not be the same without you.
    Until we meet again,RIP Alex we will never forget you.
    Love from Trevor & Carolyn Kohler xx

  13. What a beautiful video tribute to Alex. Sending love to Dream and the MacDonald family and extended family and may you give Alex the lovely send off he so deserves. Rest In Peace Alex ♥️

  14. Dear Geraldine, Brian and Dream,

    Geraldine, I have known the longest, since your birth. Brian, since your marriage and I have only met Dream once, before you were married and wish I knew you better as everyone who talks of you speaks so highly and lovingly of you. I am delighted to read these tributes and realise that my high opinion and affection for Alex are so similar. I have always found Alex to be very courteous and very honed in to what ever we were talking about. There is a joke that anytime I mention him two of my friends remind me that, on our way to Pelligrinos for coffee some years ago, I dashed away from them and ran across the street to kiss and chat with a tall, handsome man with a carriage and two horses. They question whether this is a common occurrence with me and wonder how many nephews I have.

    We will all miss Alex a great deal. Love from Joan

  15. What a beautiful video tribute to Alex. The Dallimores in America are thinking of you all and sending our condolences. So sorry for your loss.
    All our love,
    Mark, Wendy, Jack & Adam Dallimore.

  16. Alex will be truly missed. A very caring and gentle soul wrapped in a gruff Aussie exterior. Always encouraging and kind, we have lost a great horseman, teacher and friend. All my love to Dream and his family, and the many people’s lives he influenced.

    • He truly was the epitome of a man, strong, wise and noble. He was a friend to rely on and a friend to share thoughts and ideas with, without judgment. When in doubt, he always found the right words to comfort and care for us. He was always there. He will be truly missed by us and he will never be forgotten. We love him dearly. Troy, Terese, Mikyla and Jonas Parsons

  17. It was very nice and I am very lucky to get to meet you. I already miss our occational conversations on your thought, your comments and your witty ideas toward debating topics.

    Rest In Peace

  18. I refuse to say goodbye as you will always be front of mind for the rest of my time on this earth. Over the years we had many great conversations and I thought we would have solved the world’s problems by now. The intellectual dance in those conversations standing next to carriages in town will not be forgotten. Thanks for being a brother to my wife, my brother-in-law and our children’s uncle. Here is to you Alex, who is like you, no one!

    Oh yeah, we did win the Murray River Cricket Test on your great bowling.

  19. We haven’t known Alex and Dream very long but we are extremely sad to say goodbye to Alex. Dream you are such a lovely person, it’s a pity we had to become acquainted under such circumstances
    Sincerest sympathy to you and the MacDonald family
    Barry & Lorraine Elderfield.
    RIP Alex

  20. In loving memories of Dillion’s Godfather and the greatest uncle in the world.

    No one will understand Dillion more than his uncle.
    When we had a Holiday, never forgot to come to visit auntie Dream and uncle Alex in Kyneton.

    Alex always welcoming us with a warm heart and a wonderful adventure ATV motorbikes with Dillion. My little son … Dillion loves to be in the Farm with his uncle because uncle Alex always showed him around the Farm that fulfilled with the horses, tractor, hayes, etc…all the thing that Dillion liked it but the best one is uncle Alex 👍 the real super hero 👏👍💙

    Speaking English with Alex is better than mommy & daddy, much more understanding and teaching kid by

    Aussie style , no thai style that’s Dillion wished. Freedom vs Fun playing with relaxation, no strictly rules like a cowboy playground is the best.👍

    Until the time had come……
    Holiday were finished. We come back home with hoping back soon and able to see each other again.
    But this time….
    No more a big hug from Alex, No more a native speaker who talks to, No more a cowboy instructor who names….. Alexander John Macdonald

    Rest in peace..
    The gorgeous man & bravely in the world…. ALEX

  21. Sincere condolences to Dream and Alex’s family & friends.
    What a warm heart , huge personality with a heart of gold.
    He will be missed by many and remembered forever.
    Such an honour to have known Alex. RIP, xxx

  22. Dearest condolences to Dream and of course his family,

    A beautiful video of his life. A true gentleman who will be missed by all those who knew him. A lovely service and lovely words by all.

    Rest in peace Alex xx

  23. Alex you will be missed as you were such an easy person to talk to and always made others feel good no matter what, it was a privilege to have known you for far too short a time. May you be at peace always and your gentle spirit live on in those who knew you.

  24. Sending our sincere condolences to you Brian, Geraldine, Dream
    Catrina, Clare, Genevieve and all their families.
    We understand what you are experiencing and send love to help you through this pain and grief that is so profound.

    love and blessings
    Maureen, Brian Jade, Rodger, Ruby & Luke

  25. Our deepest condolences to all of the MacDonald and Gill families. We never had the pleasure of meeting Alex but now how cherished and loved he was by you all. Sending all our love 💕

  26. To Geraldine Brian and Dream, We are so sad that Alex is not with us any more. We did not see him very often these days, but there many memories of the years past, cutting his hair, staying as a littly, sharing birthdays and Christmases etc. Our love and prayers are with you all at this time.

  27. To Dream, Alex’s parents and sisters,
    Thank you for the opportunity to watch this beautiful ceremony. Prayers and Eulogy were so beautifully spoken when the grief and sadness must have felt overwhelming.
    When I think of Alex, two words come to mind: strong and kind. He was always so good with our two young boys (we are his neighbours), something that I will never forget. I enjoyed working with him on some of his marketing for A Classic Carriage Hire.
    It was a beautiful life cut too short but a full one nonetheless – he lived it well and found true love in Dream, something not everyone gets the chance to experience.
    He was a genuine person, and clearly touched many people. Sending you love and strength through this difficult time.
    Gemma, Josh, Angus and Bryson of Williatts Lane, Carlsruhe.

  28. To Brian and Geraldine you should be so proud of the wonderful man you raised. Alex was always such a great friend with such a strong character. He was funny, intelligent, loyal, honest, trustworthy, hard working kind and generous. Alex will remain in our thoughts and our hearts forever. Love always Justin, Nivek & Harry. xxx

  29. Alex was such a great bloke. We were so lucky to have spent time over the last 15 years or so, here at the farm collecting hay or at your place checking the horses, talking farming and doing some fencing! Alex you wore the MacDonald name with pride and personified it’s strong rich history. Our condolences to Dream, Brian and the rest of the MacDonald families. We will miss you mate. Love Sam, Miranda, Angus and Matilda White xxxx

  30. So sorry to hear your sad news and we send our deepest sympathy to all the family

    sending our love

    Genevieve and Philip Schwarze

  31. Brian & Geraldine and family , I just got news of Alex’s passing and I am so sorry for this loss for all of you ! I have fun special memories of Alex and your family from my visits to Australia! I pray that you feel God’s comfort in this time of grieving and that He will show you glimpses of Alex’s spirit living on in so many people that knew and loved him . Love and prayers ,
    Jennifer ( from America)

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