Sadly Nomad Luke MacDonald passed away on Wednesday August 10.

We extend our condolences to Luke’s parents Kelly and Mike, brother and fellow Nomad Gavin, other family and friends.

Although Luke was only 19 and in his first year as a Nomad he was an established Men’s 1s prop. He was a popular and respected team mate known for his friendly nature and sense of humour. His teammates are devastated.

It is always hard to say goodbye to a fellow Nomad. Preferably, it’s an alumnus who has passed after a long life.  However, when a young man of Luke’s age and potential with so many years ahead of him passes, it’s tragic and much harder to accept.  Unfortunately, nowadays outcomes such as this are not unusual among youth and young adults, particularly young men; Nomads Rugby is not the only club to lose players this way.  As a club we need to find and provide ways to help our young men and women members cope with challenges before it’s too late. We are looking at options and will keep you posted. Please do not hesitate to share your suggestions. Ideally some good will come from Luke’s passing.

RIP Luke.


A message from Luke’s family follows:

“Our beloved son Luke MacDonald took his life on August 10th, 2022, at the age of 19.

He is survived by his loving parents Mike and Kelly and older brother Gavin who Luke loved to introduce as his “little brother”, Grandparents Bob and Doreen Bell, Joan and David MacDonald, Uncle Norm and Suzanne, Aunt Janine and Uncle Alberto, cousins Reed, Gabriela, and Elijah.  Luke attended Humewood Community School, Rawlinson Community School and graduated from Northern Secondary School where he played on the football and rugby teams. He would have been starting his third year at University of Guelph in the Environmental Science program and was a proud member of the University of Guelph Gryphon Rugby team as a Prop.  Those who knew Luke knew his big heart and even bigger hugs!

Luke was happiest when outdoors with friends and family, sleeping in a tent, running crazy lines down rapids in kayaks and canoes, skiing down mountains and playing rugby as a Red Knight, Gryphon and as a “Front Line Lad” with the Toronto Nomads.

We are going to miss Luke’s infectious goofy laugh during movies, his fantastic creations in the kitchen and crazy card playing skills.

When you think of Luke, celebrate the good memories you have. Remember that life is fragile and should be cherished. He will be missed more than words can ever express.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Luke MacDonald at: or

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