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John MacDonald


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John MacDonald Obituary
MacDonald, John
John "J.J. or Boston" MacDonald 68, passed away on Sunday May 2nd from complications related to heart failure. John was born in Brockton, MA on December 19, 1946 and graduated from Brockton High School in 1967. After BHS, he earned an Associate's Degree from Massasoit Community College. John spent more than 30 years as a baker whose donuts were legendary in the South East Boston area. He and his ex-wife Carol owned several donut shops including a Dip'n Sip in Brockton and The Island Donut Co. in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard - a place he loved. He liked to tell the story about making the donuts that were photographed as the wall art in the Mister Donut' donut shops. After spending his younger years in Massachusetts, John lived in Naples Florida then spent time Tallahassee and settled in Phoenix in 1998. During his time in Phoenix he became heavily active with his church, SS. Simon and Jude, where he served in the Knights of Columbus and was Grand Knight for two years. He cherished his church and the amazing people that worship there, so many of whom came to be with him when he needed them. The same is true for his band of brothers at Enterprise - a special family absolutely adored. John is survived by his sons Mark and Jason, his granddaughters Stella, Jolie and Maeve, his daughter-in-law, Belinda, his brother Edward, numerous nieces, nephews and the kinds of friends that were and are truly family - you know who you are. In 2011, after 60 years, he was reunited with his half-brother, Edward MacDonald of Middleborough, MA after Eddie's daughter Amy found John's son Mark on Ancestry.com. Another great John story'. The two brothers wasted no time becoming best friends and shared a lifetime of stories, memories and jokes. His reunion with Eddie meant more than words can reflect. John loved his family, and people in general. He was quick to start a conversation and a friendship. He treasured those friendships and will be remembered by all as a hard-working, dependable, generous, good natured person who took great pride in his sons and all things Boston' - from its sports teams to its seafood. John enjoyed golf, politics and finding a bargain. He had a passion for motorcycles, corvettes, classic cars, hotrods and basically anything with an engine - especially if it was old, loud and fast. He'll see you on the back 9! John's big heart, personality and legacy was celebrated with a memorial service at his church in Phoenix
where he worshiped and served in the Knights at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral Thursday, May 5th, In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in dad's memory to: Arizona Knights of Columbus Charities, 14175 W Indian School Rd, Suite B4-626, Goodyear, AZ 85395-8369
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 6, 2016
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