There are few people like volunteer Marc MacDonald. He was equal parts compassionate and ambitious, and endlessly giving. After a 30 year career in the Coast Guard, followed by a 13-year career in the private sector, we struck gold when Marc began donating his time to our studio in early 2014 and quickly became an integral part of our Bike Shop’s team. A self-proclaimed fixer, Marc loved tackling the most difficult bike donations, even taking frames home to do extra work after hours.
“One of the real challenges is that every bike part is like a puzzle piece and every manufacturer’s puzzle piece is different,” Marc explained in a 2018 interview. “I look at the bikes as a puzzle and I enjoy the challenge.”
One of Marc’s art wheels, made by adjusting the spokes to create optical illusions.
In his spare time, Marc also loved to build art wheels, adjusting the spokes to create unique optical illusions. He and fellow volunteer Vita Ray collaborated to create the Marc MacDonald Spoke Hotel for organizing and categorizing the wide variety of spokes found in The Crucible’s Bike Shop.
Marc passed away earlier this month, but his impact at The Crucible lives on through the lives he changed and joy he brought into our space, and now more physically, since the Marc MacDonald Spoke Hotel has officially been installed.
“Marc left a lasting impression with everyone in the Bike Shop,” Vita said. “It is wonderful to be able to have his memory be honored as part of the shop.”
We couldn’t be more grateful for all the joy and light he brought to our studio these past few years. Staff, faculty, and volunteers will forever remember him for his incredible dedication, encyclopedic knowledge, and willingness to help whenever needed.