BANGOR & HICKORY, NC – Richard Joseph McDonald, 62, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Richard was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Bangor, to Robert V. McDonald and the late Rose (Sementilli) McDonald. Richard was a 1969 graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School and a 1973 graduate of Univ. of Maine earning a bachelor’s degree in physics. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church where he served as Reader, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Usher, Catholic Scripture Study Leader, March for Life bus coordinator and leader for 20 plus years, Life Teen cook for one year, Initiator and coordinator for K of C Friday fish fry during Lent, Knights of Columbus (past Grand Knight), American Society of Safety Engineers (Western Piedmont ASSE), past president of the National Fire Protection Association, American Fire Marshal Association, Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader, Cub Scouts of America as a den leader, both troop 351 at St. Aloysius. He was employed by Shurtape Technologies Inc. as a Safety Manager.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Elizabeth Caron McDonald of Hickory, NC; daughter, Megan Marie Ziegler and husband, Adam, of Rock Island, Ill.; son, Michael Robert McDonald and wife, Katherine, of Granite Falls, N.C.; daughter, Molly Corinne Stacy and husband, Anderson, of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Matthew Paul McDonald and wife, Kristi, of Notre Dame, Ind.; daughter, Miriam Rose Brogan and husband, Riley, of Charlotte, N.C.; father, Robert Vincent McDonald of Bangor; sister, Ann McDonald Smith and husband, Brian, of Presque Isle; sister, Patti McDonald of Bangor; grandchildren, Joseph, Hannah, Eli, Miriam, Isaac, John, Nicholas Ziegler of Rock Island, Ill., Felix, Liam, Evelyn, Ruari McDonald of Granite Falls, N.C., Rosalyn and Esther McDonald of Notre Dame, Ind.; mother-in-law, Corrine “Connie” Charlotte Kelley Caron of Bangor; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stephen and Sabina Caron of Lexington, Mass.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim and Donna Weiland of Merideth, N.H.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Peggi Whitson of Oneida, Tenn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Jeanne Caron of Winterport; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Family and friends may visit 6 – 8 PM Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrate 11 AM Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ohio St., Bangor. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church Building Fund, Pregnancy Care Center (Hickory, N.C.), Rachel’s Vineyard (a home for women who have had abortions), Catawba Regional Hospice (Newton, N.C.), Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, Inc.