Paul Nathan MacDonald

Paul Nathan MacDonald, 71, of North Scranton, died Sunday morning at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His wife of 45 years is the former Lynn McElhenny.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Nathan and Sadie Dunleavy MacDonald. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, a graduate of Holy Rosary High School, an Army veteran, and worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare for 25 years. Before that, he was a self-employed barber in North Scranton for 15 years. Always dedicated to making his community a better place, he served as president of the North Scranton Neighborhood Association until his passing. He was a devout Catholic and loved to make his pastor, the Rev. Cyril Edwards, speechless to the very end.

Paul was a truly loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a man of great integrity who was honest and above board in everything he did. He enjoyed golf after retirement, mostly for the laughing and joking with his golf buddies. He helped many friends and family members overcome difficult times that were seemingly hopeless. He loved his country and was proud to serve his country. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. Paul's grandchildren were the love of his life and he spent many hours playing games, solving puzzles and reading books with them.

He is also survived by two sons, Paul and wife, Janel, of Scranton; and Mark and wife, Tammy, of Olyphant; three sisters, Anne McDonnell and husband, Robert, of Lexington, Ky.; Judy Reap and husband, Joe, of Laflin; and Mari Powell and husband, Jerry, of Gouldsboro; five grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, Sydnee, Garret and Katelyn; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Patrick McDonnell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton, celebrated by the Rev. Cyril Edwards, pastor. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. The family requests that those attending the Mass proceed directly to the church.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA 18510.

Published in Scranton Times on July 30, 2012