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Richard J. "Mac" MacDonald
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    Chicago, IL 60617

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“Hi, Bumba I miss u sooo much. I wish u were still here with us but I know ur in a better place now but I miss u and love u so much ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Sarah Hitchman - Melrose, MA

“My dad, William Young, was in the Navy with "Mac". We have such fond memories of the reunions that they planned together. I am so sorry that we are...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Blair - Woburn, MA - Friend

“To Bumpa - I love you very much. Thinking of your face always made me smile and still does. I know you are enjoying yourself beyond our wildest...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Sharyn Hatfield - Poway, CA

“Rest in peace Bumpa you'll be miss. We will meet someday! ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Emily Aller - Santee, CA

“Rick sorry to hear about your dad he was a good man ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Glazebrook - melrose, MA

“With sincere sympathy to all of the family. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: The Murphy's - Windermere, FL

“So sorry for your loss Gary...I know how difficult it is since losing my father a few months ago. I can see from the beautiful pictures that he had...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Elaine & Gil Pereira - Peabody, MA

“Uncle Mac thanks for a thousand laughs. Kisses from us to Ruth when you see her.John, Jean, Chris, Mo & Kara ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Christopher MacDonald - Spencer, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the MacDonald family at this very difficult time. He was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. ...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Ahern-Reilly and Tim Reilly - MA

“Richard, to you and your family I extend my sympathy for your loss. Having lost my Dad 2 years ago I know your happy for having your Dad for the...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Jane Welch - Chamberlain, ME

“Gary - I have known you for my whole life and grew up around the corner from you and your dad. I know how much he meant to you and I want to offer...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Stanton - Melrose, MA

“Richard, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Surely the world has lost a great man. How can we ever forget how kind he and your mother were to all of...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Joanne Buckley - New Orleans, LA

“Richard, my thoughts and prayers are with you . I hope to see you Sunday. Please know that all of the "THE" kids are with you at this time of...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Rae E Stiles - Melrose, MA

“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. It's tough, but hang in there buddy, we're here for you. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Joe & Lorraine Pereira - Peabody, MA

“My deepest condolences to the family of my old buddy I'm sure you all know how I feel. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Joe Duggan - Stoneham, MA

“Hello MacDonald family. I will relly miss your dad. Dick was as good a friend, Neighbor and co-worker as a person could have. I have a store of...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Bud Lamson - Sandwich, MA

“Dear Richard: I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was always so nice to me and always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Paula (Davis) Edwards - Melrose, MA

“We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Knowing Gary, we know he loved his Dad very much. We never had the priviledge of meeting "Mac", but Gary spoke...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Rick Adams & Donna Jamros - MA

“We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great guy and Adams St. was never the same when the Macs moved. We were blessed to have such...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Maureen Riley - Melrose

“My sincere condolences to the entire MacDonald Family. Mac was a wonderful man, a joy to be around. He was so much fun to work with, even though he...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Dottie Lamson Whittier - reading, MA

“My sincere condolences to the MacDonald family on your loss. I pray that your faith provides you the comfort you need. Michelle, my sweet sister-in...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Tammy Dlugoleski - Mooresville, NC

“Words cannot express how sad I am for you all. I had the pleasure of meeting "Bumpa" on many occassions - he was a great man who raised a wonderful...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Shannon Rowe - Newburyport, MA

“So sorry for the sudden loss of your father and grandfather; I know he was a very special part of your lives and he will be dearly missed. You are...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Abraham - Reading, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: John W. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA


Richard J. MacDonald 86, a resident of Medford, Melrose and Stoneham for all but the last few years died Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 in Portsmouth, NH. He was born June 21, 1925 in Medford Ma., the son of the late John A. and Mary (Soucy) MacDonald.

Richard attended Medford HS and Bentley College in his early years and later retired from Lamson and Davis hardware in Malden. Previously to working in hardware Mr. MacDonald worked as a parts manager for John Deere, Major Machinery & at Kenworth trucks for several years. He was better known as Dick or Mac to everyone he met. Dick proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and organized many reunions for his shipmates on the USS Metivier (DD-582). A deeply religious man devoted to the Catholic Church. The father of four (4) boys and two (2) daughters he was involved in the CCD and CYO programs at St. Mary's Church of Melrose. He was especially proud of his involvement in the teenage Friday night dances known as "Downtown" in the late 60s". As a chaperon and "Uncle Mac" to everyone he would encourage the slow dance couples to "make room for the Holy Ghost". Mr. MacDonald was also known for playing "Santa Claus" at many charitable and family events at Christmas time in the Melrose area.

When he finally retired, Ruth his late devoted wife of 52 years, and he would travel to Florida which they loved during the winter months.


He would pray to St Jude every day before he got out of bed on behalf of his departed friends and family members. It was part of his morning ritual. Donations in his name can be made /to the ... READ MORE →