William H. McDonald Jr., 71, of Waverly, died Wednesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after being stricken ill at home. His wife of 48 years is the former Marie Millett.
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Born Dec. 18, 1941, in Scranton, he was the son of the late William H. and Helen Donegan McDonald. A lifelong resident of the Abingtons, he was a 1960 graduate of Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit, continued his education at the University of Florida and Keystone College, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1966 from Temple School of Pharmacy. He joined his father and brother in the operation of McDonald's Pharmacy, Clarks Summit. While a pharmacist, he owned and operated McDonald's Pharmacy for many years and established McDonald's Video and the Medicine Shoppe, Clarks Summit.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Abingtons, Dalton. He was a former member of the Country Club of Scranton. As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and planting around his home. He enjoyed spending time with his family and the trips to Lake Ontario and the times he shared on his boat with others.
Bill was a soft-spoken, kind man who helped many during his professional career. He had a great ear to listen to others and to share his common sense and humor with those who knew him. His friendly, kind smile will be sadly missed.
Also surviving are two sons, William H. III and wife, Colleen, Erie; and Patrick J. and wife, Molly, Clarks Summit; a daughter, Kathryn Sebring and husband, Kevin, Clarks Summit; a sister, Patricia Reetz, Shelby Twp., Mich.; eight grandchildren, Gwyn and Will McDonald, Erie; Wyatt, Phoebe, Benjamin and Gordy Sebring, Clarks Summit; and Connor and Maggie McDonald, Clarks Summit; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Whalen and Helen Grahamer; and a brother, Edward McDonald.
The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family with Mass celebrated by the Rev. Joseph M. Boles. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly Twp.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Luke Millett Research Fund at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Lockbox 1352, P.O. Box 8500 Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352, www.giving.chop.edu; or St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, www.stjosephscenter.org.
For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.jen ningscalvey.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 17, 2013