William Paul McDonald Sr.

December 24, 2020

William Paul McDonald Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War

William Paul McDonald Sr. – of Woburn, December 24th at the age of eighty-four. Beloved husband of  Joyce (Willett) McDonald and the late Janet (Reebenacker)McDonald. Loving father of  the late William P. McDonald Jr and his wife Michelle,  Brian McDonald, his wife Nicole, David McDonald, his wife Robin, all of Woburn, Kerri Stanhope, her husband Ryan of Auburn, Paula Ford of FL, and Susan Willett of Quincy. Cherished grandfather of Lauren, Jonathan, Evan, Blake, Ryan Jr, Andrew and Kevin and great grandfather of Sean and Brycen. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801.

William “Paul” P. McDonald passed away at the Winchester Hospital, Thursday evening December 24th.  The beloved husband of Joyce (Willett) McDonald, and the late Janet (Reebenacker) McDonald, was eighty four years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late George and Mae (Rowe) McDonald.  Raised and educated in Woburn he was a graduate of Woburn High School.  Immediately following high school, Paul enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country proudly for three years.  Upon his return home he and his good friend Brad Gillis opened a service station in the South end of Woburn.  They remained there for a good number of years , then sold the station and became full time government employees of the United States Post Office.  Here, Paul worked for over thirty years, retiring as a Postal Service Supervisor.  He took great pride in his job and the people he worked with at the Post Office.  

All the time he was dedicated to his job, he was also doing what he loved to do most, spending that “off time” with his family!  A very dedicated “Dad” Paul was quite proud of all his children, and when the grandchildren began arriving, he beamed!  Great joy filled the McDonald household.

When Paul retired twenty five years ago, he and Joyce began dividing their time between here and Satellite Beach, FL.  Enjoying the winter months in warmth and sunshine and returning home for spring, summer and fall.  While home in Woburn Paul enjoyed gardening and spent much time keeping it all up; and then by the pool where a cool beer would be in hand and always one to offer all who visited; family, friends, and long time best friend since Kindergarten, Billy Harvey..

Paul was a very kind, thoughtful and loving man.  His camaraderie, wisdom , sense of humor and colorful sayings will long be trusted memories of a man well loved.

Paul was sadly predeceased by his first wife Janet and son William P. Jr..

He is lovingly survived by his wife Joyce and children Brian McDonald, his wife Nicole, David McDonald, his wife Robin, and Michelle McDonald all of Woburn, Kerri Stanhope, her husband Ryan of Auburn, Paula Ford of FL, and Susan Willett of Quincy. Cherished grandfather of Lauren, Jonathan, Evan, Blake, Ryan Jr, Andrew and Kevin and great grandfather of Sean and Brycen. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801.

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  1. Joseph & Paula Parisi

    Dave and all of the McDonald family. My condolen. Your Dad was a wonderful man and the fairest and one of the best Supervises I ever worked for. He could be both funny and firm at the same time and had a great sense of humor. I am so glad I stopped by the house and spent a little time with him not long ago, brought back a lot of memories and we both laughed it off. I’m sure he will be missed by all that new and loved him. RIP Paul, till we meet again. Joe & Paula Parisi

  2. Maureen Gillis McRae

    Paul, you and your wonderful family were such a big part of our lives growing up. You were a good friend to my Dad and he always loved to talk about your “Gas Station” days in the South End and when you both decided to work for the Post Office. May you rest in peace. My condolences and love to your family and friends.

  3. Dear Joyce Brian, David, and Kerry,
    So sorry about the passing of Paul. We had so many good days at the P.O. and over the years. With deep sympathy,
    “Bucky”

  4. Kathy and Bob Lind

    My sincere condolences to the MacDonald Family. I worked with Paul at the Post Office for many years. He was a statuesque man who had his great sense of humor. I will always look back with fond memories. He was blessed with a awesome family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.

  5. Dear Brian and Dave, I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I have found memories back during the tanner pride days and he would always encourage me and have a kind word. The Lennon’s are thinking of your entire family during these difficult times. May he Rest In Peace – Peter “Oscar” Lennon

  6. Dear Joyce,
    I am very sorry to hear the sad news about Paul.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Love Usha

  7. To the McDonald Family:

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad.

    Mr. McDonald was truly someone who influenced both the lives of my brother and I. I remember so many things, but the best was he always greeted us with a smile and asked how we were doing.

    And my reply was simple. Doing well Mr. McDonald how bout you. And his reply “That a Boy”…

    2o2o has been an extraordinary year and one we would truly prefer to put behind us. 2019 was also a tough year for your family as well.

    I have fond memories of both Paul’s. They were genuine and rock solid people. You’ll be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Rest well Mr. McDonald. I hope you bump into the many others we’ve lost over the years.

    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sincerely,

    The Livolsi Family

  8. Joyce I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Candace Torrey and Rufus.

  9. Paul will be missed by many people. I will remember all the times he would discuss Woburn and he knew so many people there. Enjoyed my final visit with him on the deck at Maywood Terrace. He is at peace, Joyce, and watching over you!!

  10. Jo-Ann & Dave Patterson

    Dear Joyce and family,
    We have been friends for 35 years and have shared many wonderful get-togethers and trips. Paul was so easy to be with, and we will miss him.
    Love, Jo-Ann & Dave

  11. Joyce,Brian,David,Kerri,Michelle,Paula,Susan , I am so sorry to hear about Paul. My deepest condolences to you and your families. Paul was a wonderful man and may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. David So sorry for your loss, your father was my supervisor for years we had a unique relationship, I truly represented him.. I have fond memories of my years working under in. RIP Paul. Seagull

  13. Joyce and family, We were so very sorry to hear about Paul’s passing and will remember him fondly. We had many laughs at Saint Anthony’s with Paul and the whole group of friends. A special hug to your Susan from me. Prayers to all.
    Love, Vic and Nancy O’Connor Mondello

  14. Maureen and I were saddened by Paul’s passing and send condolences to Joyce and family. I knew Paul for the last 20 years but feel like I knew him all our lives after hearing his stories. We enjoyed some trips together and were neighbors in Florida. He will be missed.

  15. Joyce and family. So many memories of all the good times we shared with Paul and you. This is a very sad time for you. We send our love and sympathy Peace be with all the family Love Maureen

  16. Joyce
    We are so sorry for your loss of Paul. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Karen and Ted Keating

  17. Pop, you were a great father-in-law. I’ll miss our road trips to Gloucester and all your stories. Rest In Peace Pop.
    Luv Robin

  18. Dear Joyce so sorry for the loss of Paul. We enjoyed so many good times and laughs. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love Roger

  19. To…Dave and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing.He was a great guy and a great supervisor at the PO.A lot of great memories and funny stories at the PO from the mid 80’s when he was my supervisor(my first one at the PO).My thoughts and prayers go out to you Dave and your Dad(??RIP)

  20. David and family I am sorry for your loss. Your father was a special man. I remember from when he was a Supervisor for the Woburn Carriers. He was always upbeat and had a sharp wit about him. He made me laugh so I always went out of my way to see him when I was at the Woburn station. I’m sure he will be dearly missed. R.I.P. Paul. I will remember you fondly.

    Linda Sanborn

  21. Michael McKelligott

    Paul you will have a special place in my heart for the short time I had the honor of spending time with you. The one thing I will always remember about you is the patience of Job.

  22. Paul, you will be greatly missed from all who knew you. You were my father for 41 years and I loved you. We had many good times throughout the years. I will see you again someday. Rest in peace now.

  23. Diane Johnstone-DeRosa

    Joyce & family I’m so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing may he rest in peace. Hugs & prayers to you all love Diane

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