James P. McDonald, age 90, of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
James was born in Boston on March 20, 1926, to the late Michael F. and Julia (McDonnell) McDonald. He was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, Class of 1942. He had lived in Quincy for sixty years.
He was employed for thirty-two years as a route sales representative for the former Continental Baking Company and had been retired twenty-six years. James also served for over twenty-five years on the Quincy Housing Authority as both a commissioner and former chairman.
Jim was a proud World War II combat veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as a corpsman. He fought alongside the Marines who hit the beach on Okinawa on April 1, 1945. During the ensuing battle, Jim cared for and treated the dead and wounded Marines in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. For his service, Jim was promoted to pharmacist mate 3/c and received the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 1 star.
Jim’s love of the Navy and Marine Corps continued throughout his life and every year he would attend the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Luncheon in Boston to celebrate with his Navy and Marine Corps brothers.
He was a member of the Braintree American Legion, the Quincy Lodge of Elks and the Constables Association of America. Jim was a longtime active member and usher at St. Joseph’s Parish in Quincy. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid New England Patriots fan. He also enjoyed music and sang in various musical shows.
Beloved husband for fifty-eight years of Elba M. (Lorito) McDonald. Devoted father of Steven M. McDonald, Detective Lieutenant, Massachusetts State Police of Quincy. Jim was the last of six siblings and was pre-deceased by his sisters, Dorothy McDonald, Christine Arbing, Josephine O’Day, Georgine Mason and Frances Crawford. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday, January 26th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.