John A. “Jack” MacDonald, Sr.

October 1, 2008

John A. “Jack” MacDonald, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran, Korean War Veteran

JOHN A. “JACK” MacDONALD, SR. – in Woburn, October 1st. Beloved husband of Gretchen E. (Hobein) MacDonald and the late Lorraine (Nelson) MacDonald. Devoted father of Steven W. MacDonald and his wife Anne of Carver, Susan B. Chociej and her husband Robert of Peabody, Janet M. McGondel and her husband Barry of Woburn, Michael T. MacDonald and his wife Renee of Wenham, Eileen L. Lee and her husband James of Medford, John A. MacDonald, Jr. and his wife Diane of Dracut, Paul N. MacDonald and his wife Ann Marie of Hampstead, NH, and Joanne M. Darcy and her husband John of Wakefield. Dear brother of Dorothy Carlson of ME, Carleen Colburn of FL, and the late Mary Marquis. Loving grandfather of 23 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 4th at 9 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Jason McGondel Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John A. “Jack” MacDonald, Sr., a lifelong Woburn resident, passed away peacefully at his home following a brief illness on Wednesday morning, October 1st, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Gretchen E. (Hobein) MacDonald for the past forty-three years.

Born in Woburn eighty years ago, Jack was the son of the late Angus and Catherine (Stanley) MacDonald. He was educated in the Woburn school system and served in the US Navy during the final months of World War II and continued his military service during the Korean War. He served as a call fireman for the City of Woburn in earlier years.

Jack worked as a plumber throughout his life. From 1969 until his retirement at the age of fifty-nine, he was employed by Polaroid Corporation.

He was devoted to his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren in recent years. He loved watching NASCAR races and going to flea markets.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Lorraine (Nelson) MacDonald, who died in 1963, a sister, Mary Marquis, and his grandson, Jason McGondel.

Surviving along with his wife Gretchen are eight children: Steven W. MacDonald and his wife Anne of Carver, Susan B. Chociej and her husband Robert of Peabody, Janet M. McGondel and her husband Barry of Woburn, Michael T. MacDonald and his wife Renee of Wenham, Eileen L. Lee and her husband James of Medford, John A. MacDonald, Jr. and his wife Diane of Dracut, Paul N. MacDonald and his wife Ann Marie of Hampstead, NH, and Joanne M. Darcy and her husband John of Wakefield, and two sisters: Dorothy Carlson of Maine and Carleen Colburn of Florida. He was also the loving grandfather of 23 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 4th at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801, or to the Jason McGondel Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Grampy,
    You were always there no matter what it was for or who it was for. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than you. We definitely had our fun times together, which i will cherish for the rest of my life. Having you as a grandfather was a priviledge to me and I hope to grow up and be half of what you were. You were a strong loving man to everyone and we all will never forget. We all miss you like crazy and wish you were still here but your in a better place. I love you so much Grampy and we will meet again.

    Love,
    Tommy

  2. Barbara and Jeff St Cyr, and family

    May your profound faith take you through this difficult time, and may your warm memories comfort you.
    Deepest Sympathy
    The St.Cyr family
    Hampstead, NH

  3. Jack & Carol

    We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Jackie. I will remember him from years past as a happy go lucky person and a wonderful Uncle. All the fun we had with our cousins in the past and wish very much that we had kept in touch more. Our prayers and love are with you all, I know how hard this is for you but you are a strong family and I know you will be there for eachother.

    We love you all.

  4. Henry & Peggy Lulsdorf

    Our thoughts and prayers
    are with you Gretchen and
    the entire family as you
    lost your dear husband,
    father, grandfather and great- grandfather.

    Jack was a kind and gentle person and we always respected him. We got to know you both well when we were neighbors in Woburn, many years back.

    To raise eight children well is an accomplishment and they all turned out great.

    With 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, Jack left quite a legacy.

    May the Lord bless you and bring you the comfort that you need at this time.

  5. “A heart of gold
    stopped beating,
    two willing hands at rest,
    God broke our hearts
    to prove to us
    He only takes the best”

    Grampy,
    I can’t believe your gone. I will miss you so much! Watch over all of us. Love you!
    Love, Karen

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