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MacDonald, Gregory - Riverside  
GREGORY MACDONALD 1941-2015 I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way Where the wind's like a whetted knife, And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover, And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. John Masefield Long-time Riverside resident Gregory MacDonald died at home on January 28, 2015, at the age of 73. He regaled family and friends with stories and laughter for a year and a half until cancer took his life. An adventurer from an early age, Greg took a summer vacation to sail through tropical storms aboard an aging schooner from Tahiti to Hawaii. An avid motorcyclist, he rode on and off road through the American West, Alaska, Canada, Baja California and the British Isles. He rode alone to Cabo San Lucas the year before the highway was built. He often sailed with his family to Catalina Island and other Southern California destinations. Greg was born in Portland, Oregon. He attended Riverside schools and graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1960. He attended Oregon State University for two years, then transferred to Cal Western in San Diego, where he met Virginia Frazier ("Ginny"), his wife of 48 years. After their marriage they settled in Riverside, where Greg began his career in library administration with the Riverside City and County Public Library. He oversaw the construction of many permanent libraries around the county that stand as a testament to his dedication. Greg's and Ginny's son Matthew was born in 1972 and was the joy of their lives for 36 years. Matthew accompanied Greg on many of his adventures, and no father-son bond was ever closer or more loving. Matthew passed away in 2009. After retirement in 1997, Greg added another avocation to complement his life of travel and adventure - that of researcher and writer. He researched (often from the seat of a motorcycle) and wrote books on the history and geography of Baja California, lesser-known characters of the early American West, and the story of an 82-year-old dentist who sailed a 24-foot dory from Nova Scotia back to his home in Oceanside. He wrote dozens of articles for boating periodicals about California maritime subjects. He maintained an extensive nautical library. He took an interest in the author, John Steinbeck, wrote about Steinbeck's voyage to the Sea of Cortez, and made his own dog-and-camper trip. The latter is the subject of his last book, finished just weeks ago. He and Ginny traveled extensively, on land and sea, before and after they retired. Greg made fast friends wherever he went. He remained close to friends from his school days in Riverside and chaired his 50th Poly class reunion committee. He was a long-time member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where he spent boyhood summers and where he later spent weeks organizing the archives. He and Ginny moved to Fallbrook for about 10 years after retirement. There he volunteered at the library and organized a classic motorcycle show. His cycling buddies, known as Euro Moto, remain among his closest friends. After writing about the voyage of the dentist, he gathered a group, the "RAGMEG crew," that still maintains contact. Greg was predeceased by his brother Ramsay ("Bud"). He is survived by his wife, Ginny; his sister Marion McCarty (Robert) of Riverside; his brother Malcolm (Ann); Bud's widow Bette; nieces and nephews Juli Stead, John MacDonald, Chris MacDonald, Rob McCarty and Katy Krieger; and a host of admiring family members and friends. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCCD Foundation, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506, for the Matthew MacDonald Endowed Scholarship Fund, or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015

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McElroy, Doris - Riverside  
DORIS MCELROY The family and friends of Doris McElroy are sad to announce her passing on December 22, 2014. Doris was raised in Poplar Bluff, MO, and retained that practical, "down to earth" trait for which Missourians are known and which served her well in her personal and professional life. Doris was educated as a registered nurse and met her husband of 61 years, Ron, in Santa Monica, where she was working. Ron and Doris had a very loving marriage, enjoying their two sons, Steve and John, and their four grandsons. Doris taught for 20 years in the Riverside City College Vocational Nursing Program, retiring in 1985. During their long retirement, Doris and Ron enjoyed numerous RV trips and cruises all over the world. Doris is survived by her husband, sons, grandsons, and many other family members and friends, who will acutely miss her loving presence. Doris leaves a legacy of caring friendship to all who were privileged to know her and also hundreds of principled and skilled vocational nursing graduates. Private family remembrances were held. Donations to honor Doris' memory can be made to the Riverside Community College District Foundation, Vocational Nursing Scholarship Fund.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 31, 2015

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McDowell, Dorothy J. - Murrieta  
DOROTHY J. MCDOWELL, 79, of Murrieta, passed on Jan 26, 2015 after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 yrs, William. Survived by her children Greg (Robin), Penny (Lisa) and her granddaughter Mallorie. Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2pm at Miller-Jones in Sun City.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 29, 2015

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McQuire, Michael Keith - Corona  
MICHAEL KEITH MCQUIRE August 2, 1948 - January 12, 2015 Born: Bakersfield CA, Raised: Corona CA, High School: Corona High 1966, Army 1967: Medic. Honorable Discharge. Employed as: LVN, Mental Health. Supervising Counselor: Riverside, San Jacinto, Blythe. Preceded in death by: mother Patsy R. Cooper, father Willie D. Cooper, brother Patrick Eugene (Gene) McQuire, and son Michael II. Survived by: sisters Debra Deneau and Diana Cooper, niece Anna Deneau. Memorial Service: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1110 Collette Street, Riverside, California 92505 on Jan. 26, 2015 at 11am. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Liver Assoc. Private Services: Riverside National Cemetery.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2015
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