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.
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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.