On the morning of March 8th, Donald (Mac) MacDonald of West Bridgewater, shuffled off this mortal coil to take his place amongst the Heavens, or stars, or possibly the backwoods of
Maine, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Son of the late Paul and Josephine MacDonald of Stoughton, he is survived by his wife, Eileen (McSweeney), his children Nathan and wife Joanne of Easton, Timothy of West Bridgewater, Christine and husband James House of Raynham, as well as his grandchildren Molly, Mackenzie, Jameson, Giovanna and Nathan.
Mac will also be remembered, sometimes fondly, by his siblings Paul and wife Chris of Texas, John and “the out-law” Debbie of Florida, and sister Peggy Longwe of Stoughton. We would love to name all of the nieces and nephews, but that would require an o-book-tuary... We know, we know, it’s ok to groan.
Mac was a proud member of the Bridgewater Vet’s Club, where he enjoyed kicking back with his friends and enjoying a drink or five. He was also a past commander of the VFW Post 1645
of Stoughton. Many folks might remember Mac as their mail carrier and postal supervisor for longer than we can remember or care to admit. For those who do recall his USPS days, thank
you for the Crown Royal Christmas gifts left for our father. Rest assured that we, his children, fully enjoyed them.
On a more serious note, Donald was especially proud of his time in the Navy, serving as a mechanic on the USS Saratoga Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam war. Always being the ‘life of the party’ dictated much of Mac’s life choices. That’s not true, but hey, it sounded good. In reality, though, Donald usually put his family before anything - usually - unless he was out in the forest or on a boat with his closest hunting buddies. When not engaging in primitive sports, he very much enjoyed spending quality time at his camping spot in Shady Acres in Carver. Now that sounds pretty shady...
One important life event worth noting was when Mac had been in a car accident at the age of three. Well, more like he was run over by a car... but we’d like to think it was an accident
none-the-less. That was the beginning of his 9 lives, followed closely by setting himself on fire while recuperating from the mishap. Actually, if we were to include every misadventure he had,
that would require another chapter in the o-book-tuary. As proud as he was about his Scottish heritage, he certainly enjoyed hanging out with his Irish extended family, the McSweeneys. Uncle Donnie was a confidante to many, as well as their one phone call for bail. Vacationing was one of Mac’s favorite pastimes, occasionally including his family. All joking aside, though, whether it was relaxing by a fire at Conesus Lake in New York or dancing in a tutu in Disney World, any excuse to enjoy life with his family, was all the reason he ever needed.
Mac passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, friends, and canine companions. A celebration of his life is tentatively being planned to take place in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, this October.
Cremation services are provided by Southeast Funeral Home of Easton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Berwick Boys Foundation of West Bridgewater - a nonprofit group in which Mac volunteered much of his time over the years. www.Berwick.org
He will be missed by many outside of his family, including the wild game that taunted and laughed at his attempts to be better than Elmer Fudd. So long, Mac and thank you
for the lifetime of fond, funny, and every so often, irritating memories...
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