Joseph C. McDonald.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary E. (McDonald) McDonald; a son, John F. McDonald and his wife, Adriane of Clinton; three grandchildren: Joseph F. Spencer and his wife, Beverly, Maura E. Hartzell and her husband, Phillip, all of OH, and Sean C. McDonald of Clinton; two great-grandchildren: Kevin D. and Hannah Spencer; a son-in-law, G. Kevin Spencer of OH; three brothers: Alexander R. McDonald and his wife, Viola of Clinton, Franklin McDonald of SC, and Francis McDonald of NH; a sister, Marie Jackson and her husband, Roland of ME; a sister-in-law, Carol McDonald of ME; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Velva A. Spencer, who died in July, 2008, a brother, Daniel McDonald, and two sisters, Gloria Garner and Ida M. Curtis.
Joe was born in North Brookfield, son of Alexander R. and Velva M. (Savage) McDonald, and was raised there and in Springvale, ME. In 1952, he moved to Clinton.
He was a graduate of Sanford High School, Sanford, ME, and Fitchburg State College, and was a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving in Japan and Korea with the 6th Infantry Division.
Joe served his apprenticeship in Tool & Die making at Ray-O-Vac, formerly of Clinton, specializing in Research and Development. Following the completion of his apprenticeship, he accepted a position at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, working for twenty years in the Science Department. He then worked at Clark University, Worcester, for thirteen years, retiring in 1996.
An active parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Joe served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He enjoyed gardening, and above all, spending time in the company of his grandchildren.
The McDonald family would like to thank Dr. Susan Donahue and the nursing staff at Commonwealth Oncology, whom Joe considered his extended family, Dr. Giles Whalen and his Nurse Practitioner, Mary Sullivan, and Dr. John Kelly, for their many years of outstanding care, compassion and support.
Joe's funeral will be held on Friday, May 1, 2009 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 1 Cross St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, April 30, 2009, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.