PELHAM - Vincent Douglas "Vinnie" MacDonald, 89, of Pelham, died at his home Friday evening, Oct. 25. He was the beloved husband of Eliette L. "Lee" (Huppe) MacDonald, who survives him. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
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Born in Portsmouth, Sept. 19, 1924, he was the son of the late Douglas A. and the late Sarah (MacDonald) MacDonald. He attended St. Patrick Grammar School in Portsmouth and following World War II, he returned to and graduated from Portsmouth High School in the class of 1946.
A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, Vinnie proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as an electrician's mate first class. During his service he earned the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Vinnie worked over 30 years for Bell Systems starting as a lineman in Portsmouth and retiring as a senior engineer for Bell Labs in North Carolina. He traveled the world providing his expertise in communications for the U.S. State Department and the FAA.
A renaissance man, Vinnie knew how to tackle any problem usually with a joke or a "Vinnie-ism." Among his many activities; he was a member of the American Legion Post No. 100 in Pelham and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus in Portsmouth and Manchester. He enjoyed hunting and golfing. He played his last round of golf only eight weeks ago. His passion was working with and sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren.
Very active with his church, Vinnie was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Pelham. The parishioners will remember his witty newsletters when he, along with Bill Scanzani, decided to start and head the fund drive to eliminate the church debt, which they accomplished.
In addition to his wife, Vinnie is survived by four children; Diane M. Rothwell of Plaistow, Douglas V. MacDonald and his wife Linda of Windham, Carol L. Maraldo and her husband Joseph of Pelham and Stephen D. MacDonald and his wife Kathy of Candia; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
SERVICES: Friends may call at the Pelham Funeral Home, 11 Nashua Road in Pelham from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. His funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Pelham's St. Patrick Church.
Committal services will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth at a time to be determined. Please refer to www.pelhamfuneralhome.com for updates.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Food Pantry of Pelham, 12 Main St., Pelham 03076. http://www.stpatricks-pelham.com/ E-condolences/directions at www.pelhamfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333.
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 28, 2013