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Francis McDonald

November 25, 1928 — March 24, 2017

Francis McDonald

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Francis J. “Frank” McDonald, 88 passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born in Troy, he was the son of the late G. Francis McDonald and Ethel Nevins McDonald and beloved husband of Patricia Callahan McDonald, they were married for 59 years.

Born and raised in Troy, he was a graduate of LaSalle Institute, class of 1946.  After graduation Frank entered the Marine Corps and served during the Korean and Vietnan Wars.  At the time, he was the youngest ever to reach rank of Master Sergeant.  He retired in 1970 after 24 years, as a Chief Warrant Officer 2.   After his military career, he worked with the local carpenter union for 20 years, retiring in 1990.

Frank was a devoted father who enjoy golfing and fishing.  Frank will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.  He was a man of faith and service and will be remembered as a thoughtful, kind, generous and compassionate man who treasured his family, friends and religious community.  He influenced those whom he met with his presence, his understanding heart, his ready smile and genuine loving concern.  He was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Troy.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Patricia, include his daughter Erin Mack (John) of Brunswick, two sons David McDonald of Saranac, Kevin McDonald (Kelly) of Dallas, TX, three grandchildren Emily Mack, Jack McDonald and Will McDonald, his sister Mary Keefe (late Neil) of Cohoes, a sister in law Anne Hayes McDonald, Bethel, CT and  “Uncle Bub” to several nieces and nephews.

Frank was predeceased by his son James M. McDonald and his brother James McDonald.

A special thank you to Samaritan Hospital for all their kindness and support, particularly Ellen Ross, Tina Sloan and Kayla and Erin in the Emergency Room.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28 , 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy.

Burial will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

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