Donald J. McDonell, 80, of Rockland, died on July 4, 2013, at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital after a period of failing health. He was born in South Bend, Indiana son of the late Joseph and Sophie (Michalski) McDonell and was raised and educated there. Mr. McDonell served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Leyte. After his discharge he settled in E. Boston where he met and fell in love with his wife of 57 years, Shirley M. (Thibeau) McDonell. They moved to Rockland in 1965. Don had been employed for twenty years as a Technical Writer at Raytheon in Burlington where among other things he worked on the development of the Patriot Missile. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Joseph R. McDonell of Berkley, Stephen M. McDonell of Foxboro and Susan G. Buckley of Rockland. His grandchildren Kellie Robinson, Kristen McDonell, Ryan McDonell, Erin Buckley and Kathryn Buckley and his great-grandchildren Jason, Riley and Shawn Robinson. The family welcomed friends and loved ones to celebrate his life on Monday, July 8, 2013 from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial with Military Honors in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to the Rockland DAV, 20 Church St. Rockland, MA 02370. For directions or to share memories on Marjories Tributes page visit, www.magounbiggins.com.
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135 Union St Rockland, MA 02370
Published in The Abington Mariner from July 8 to July 15, 2013