DERRY - William "Billy" Bruce MacDonald, 61, died May 11, 2012, at the Manchester V.A. hospital.
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He was born in Manchester on March 3, 1951, son of Gordon MacDonald and Alice (Maloney MacDonald) Kenney, and he resided in Derry.
Billy grew up in Candia, attended Henry W. Moore School and later graduated from Memorial High in 1969. In June 1969, he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1970-1971 he was deployed to Vietnam, where he achieved the rank of E-5 sergeant.
At age 16 he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Rockingham Lodge 76 Masons in Candia. He was also a proud member of Post 1617 VFW in Derry, Post 27 American Legion in Londonderry, and a lifetime member of the Second Marine Division. While he was a Marine, he received the National Defense Service medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with star, Vietnamese Combat Medal with device, Good Conduct Medal, RVN Meritorious Unit Citation Cross of Gallantry, and the RVN Meritorious Unit of Citation Civil Action Color.
After proudly serving his country, he returned home and became the police chief of Sanborn, Iowa. After returning to Candia, he became an auxiliary police officer for the Candia Police Department. He owned his own canteen business and later became a full-time truck driver, and eventually retired from Fred Fuller Oil Company.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy True MacDonald; mother, Alice (Maloney MacDonald) Kenney; three brothers, Jeff, Kevin, and Keith; two daughters, Heather Demone and Melanie Chase; two sons-in-law; one grandson, two nieces, one nephew and one grandnephew.
services:Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Jeff MacDonald's in Candia. Graveside service will be held May 21 at 1 p.m. at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Donations can be made at the Liberty House at 75 West Baker St., Manchester, 03103.
Published in Union Leader on May 15, 2012