Groton - Kenneth W. Macdonald Jr., 72, of Groton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
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He was born on May 21, 1940, in Portland, Maine, the son of the late Dorothy (Darrow) Macdonald and Kenneth W. Macdonald Sr.
"Kenny Mac" married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Kathleen (Driscoll) Macdonald on July 1, 1961.
Kenny was a great athlete, playing basketball, football, and golf, and serving as captain of both the basketball and golf teams at Robert E. Fitch Senior High School. His love of sports continued with his coaching in the Groton and Mystic youth leagues. He loved children and played the role of "dad" to many.
He was an avid golfer, and as of late, Shennecossett was his second home. He had so many friends that were truly family to him. He was a loyal Red Sox and Giants fan and was especially fond of the UConn basketball teams.
He was a member of St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church in Groton and the Groton Lodge of Elks.
Besides his wife Kathleen, he is survived by his daughter, Tina Macdonald Doody, her husband, Paul, and daughter Mikayla; his brothers, Ron Macdonald and his wife, Sandy, and Bob Macdonald and his wife, Lylette; his grandson, John M. Macdonald; great-grandson, Sean; his daughter-in-law, Denise McGuire Macdonald and granddaughter, Heather. He had several brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, John K. Macdonald and his sister, Jerriann Hart.
Anyone who knew Ken was touched in some way and knows he would want us to celebrate the happy times.
A celebration of his life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St. A reception will follow at the Par Four Restaurant at Shennecossett Golf Course.
Please omit flowers. Donations in his memory may be directed to St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340 or to the Groton Animal Shelter, 80 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340.
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, to sign the guest book, or share a memory.
Published in The Day on Nov. 26, 2012