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Harry W. McDonald

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McDonald, Harry W. COHOES Harry W. McDonald, 95, a lifelong resident of the city of Cohoes and a local attorney, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012 after a brief illness at St. Peter's Hospital with his loving wife and family members by his side. Harry was born in Cohoes on June 13, 1917 to the late William and Eloise Smith McDonald. He was predeceased by his brother and best friend, William (Jake) McDonald; his brother-in-law, Rod S. Galvin; and his sister-in-law, Laurel McDonald. Harry was a graduate of Cohoes High School, class of 1935. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he majored in business administration in an accellerated pre-law program prior to attending and graduating from the Albany Law School. As a polio victim as a child, he was unable to enlist in the military during World War II, but he did his bit by serving on the local draft board. He was the regional attorney for the NYS Labor Relations Board for many years until his retirement. Harry then became associated with the law firm of Wertime, Ries & Van Ullen, P.C. He was a member of the board of directors of the Eddy Foundation, an elder of the United Church of Cohoes, a member of the board of directors for the Cohoes Senior Center, a board member of the Cohoes Community Center, a member of the Rotary Club of Cohoes, the local Masonic Lodge, a member of the former Cohoes Memorial Hospital board, a member of the University Club of Albany and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Harry was an avid reader. He loved to travel and was a sport enthusiast, especially baseball. Despite his handicap, he was a pitcher for the RPI baseball team. Harry loved helping others, both professionally and personally. In addition to his loving wife, Frances Twiss McDonald; he is survived by his sisters-in-law, Madeline T. Galvin and Jean R. Harris; his brother-in-law William R. Harris; his niece, Nancy McDonald; his nephew, William McDonald and his wife Donna; his nieces, M. Shiela (Jim) Morgan, Kim (Steve) Hebert and Robbie (William) Serfilippi and their families. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the United Church of Cohoes, Mohawk St. at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, December 18 at the Stanton Farrell Funeral Home, 326 Columbia St., Cohoes from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield MA 01104 in memory of Harry would be appreciated.
Published in Albany Times Union from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2012
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