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Obituary for John McDonald


WATERBURY – John J. McDonald of Waterbury, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at home on the evening of July 7, 2019. He was the devoted husband of Janet (McCarthy) McDonald.

John was born on June 30, 1936 in Waterbury the son of the late John P. and Mary (Loye) McDonald. He graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School and worked for many years for the City of Waterbury in the School Maintenance Dept. For John his family and faith were his priorities in life and qualities he instilled in all of his children. Similarly, he was the most reliable and generous friend you could have, also something that transcended to his children. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, his dual citizenship (Ireland and U.S.) and was an avid UCONN and NY Yankee fan. He was always happiest when surrounded by his family and grandchildren. He was also a huge history buff and he loved animals of every kind. He was a longtime parishioner of St Francis Xavier Church and he will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, John leaves his children; daughters, Sandy McDonald and Kristy McDonald both of Waterbury and Mary Nieves and her husband, Arthur of Prospect, his sons; John and Jimmy McDonald both of Waterbury and his five grandchildren; Brendan McDonald, Karisa and Sgt. Eric Zamy, United States Army, Donovan and Ryan Nieves. John’s family would like to acknowledge and thank his longtime aide, Shara, Rev Paul Pace, Jean Murphy and the staff at Season Hospice for the love and comfort they shared with John throughout his illness.

Funeral services for Mr. McDonald will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 when a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier Church 625 Baldwin St Waterbury at 9:30 a.m. Those planning to attend are kindly asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury. Relative and friends may visit with John’s family on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd. Waterbury. To honor John’s memory, donations may be made to Brass City Rescue Alliance, 2 Service Rd. Middlebury CT 06762. To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at: