• Pixley Funeral Home
    Rochester, MI
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William Elmer McDonald 1931 - 2014

William Elmer McDonald

April 23, 2014
Thinking about Bill always brings a smile to my face. I'd be monitoring the SOCRRA board meetings in the conference room next door to his office and would go in there to say hi and there was never a time I remember that he didn't teach me a little something about fluid dynamics (I have a degree in Engineering) and tell me more about the water towers outside his windows. He was a natural teacher and I could understand him right away (wish my instructor at Wayne State U was that good). One day he saw me struggling with an orange peel and showed me how to cut it so it was easy: just cut off the very top and bottom and score the peeling from top to bottom and then slide off each segment of peeling. Worked like a charm and I think of him every time I eat an orange. After he retired I'd send him jokes occasionally.
I shall miss him but know he got the best of care and happiness from his lovely wife, Donna. I'm sure her memories are even better. Rest in peace, Bill, and have peace everyday, Donna. He was a true gentleman.
Pam Brady, SOCRRA Volunteer, Troy
April 22, 2014
Dear aunt Donna ,Lisa , Scott I am so sorry I can not be there to celebrate uncle bills life you are In my prayers and uncle bill is walking in paradise today. My wife Melissa is trying to be at the service on Wednesday. I love you and pray for you to have peace and comfort. Mike itsell
April 20, 2014
Remembering many fun times with Bill, Donna, Lisa, Scott and Dick, especially summers at Houghton Lake. Good man, devoted husband, loving father. Wishing you much love at this time and always.
April 18, 2014
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
April 18, 2014
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. One memory we have was when Bill and Patrick were bragging about each of their doctors only to find out they had the same doctor.
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