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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
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Paul McDonald

Paul Herbert McDonald

Tuesday, June 4th, 1929 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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MECHANICVILLE - Paul H. McDonald, 90, of 80 Dewey Avenue, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 3rd, after a brief illness, at Schuyler Ridge Residential Healthcare.
Born in Cambridge, New York, on June 4, 1929, Paul was the son of the late Bernard Cleveland McDonald and Mary Rose Griffin. Paul was a graduate of Greenwich Senior High School and attended a technical school in New York City before enlisting in the Armed Services in 1950. He was stationed in Germany and served honorably as a medic in the U.S. Army. After completing his service, he returned to New York and began working at General Electric / Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady. He stayed employed there for over 40 years retiring at the age of 62.
Paul married Mary Lou (Flanagan) McDonald on May 8th, 1954. They enjoyed 62 years of life together building a beautiful home on Pruyn Hill and raising 5 children. Paul was an accomplished singer and piano player. He will always be remembered for his dedication to family, sense of humor, kindness, love of music and a beautiful voice. In retirement, Paul and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling, ocean cruising, visiting Florida and celebrating life with their children and grandchildren.
Paul was a communicant of St. Mary’s Crescent. Survivors include his devoted children: Paul T. (Michele) McDonald of New Hartford, Mary Rose (David) DeMarco of Waterford, Karen (Edward) Woomer of Media, PA, Suzanne (Jeff) Choopani of Miami Lakes, FL and Kathleen Fabi of Mechanicville. He also loved and nurtured his Goddaughter, Tracy (Fay) Raleigh, David Fay, 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Lou McDonald, brothers Bernard and Lawrence McDonald and sister, Anna Horstmyer.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church Crescent, 86 Church Hill Road, Crescent from 9 to 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial immediately following. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Mechanicville.
In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of one’s choice in memory of Paul H. McDonald.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church, Crescent
    86 Church Hill Road
    Waterford, NY 12188
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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church, Crescent
    86 Church Hill Road
    Waterford, NY 12188
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  • Interment

    St. Paul's Cemetery
    Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Kathy Lilac Murray

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Mary Rose and Paul: So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I couldn't make it to the wake because of work but I just wanted to express my condolences to you and the rest of your family. Your Dad was such a sweet man. Kathy Lilac Murray

Tracy Fay Raleigh

Posted at 07:06pm
I am forever grateful and blessed to have a second father in Paul. He has been such a guiding influence in my life and set the example fior how family love should be. His life is to be celebrated. And I am coimforted that he has been reunited with MaryLou and my parents in heaven and they will shine their love upon us.

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All our love, Carl, Katlynn, Cassidy, Mary, Matthew, Aria &Lucas
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Grandfather - with much love ! From Sean Mcdonald , Erin Harker , Laura Thomas And families.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Ed and Eileen
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