William H. McDonald, Jr. 71 of Waverly, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Regional Hospital of Scranton after being stricken ill at home. His wife of 48 years is the former Marie Millett.
Born December 18, 1941 in Scranton, he was the son of the late William H. and Helen (Donegan) McDonald.
A lifelong resident of the Abingtons, he was a 1960 graduate of Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit , continued his education at the University of Florida and Keystone College and received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1966 from Temple School of Pharmacy. He joined his father and brother in the operation of McDonald's Pharmacy, Clarks Summit. While a pharmacist he owned and operated McDonald's Pharmacy for many years and established McDonald's Video and the Medicine Shoppe, Clarks Summit.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Abingtons, Dalton. He was a former member of the Country Club of Scranton. As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and planting around his home. He enjoyed spending time with his family and the trips to Lake Ontario, the times he shared on his boat with others.
Bill was a soft spoken kind man who helped many during his professional career. He had a great ear to listen to others and to share his common sense of humor with those who knew him. His friendly kind smile will be sadly missed.
Surviving are two sons: William H., III and wife Colleen, Erie, Patrick J. and wife Molly, Clarks Summit; a daughter: Kathryn Sebring and husband Kevin, Clarks Summit; a sister: Patricia Reetz, Shelby Twp, MI. eight grandchildren Gwyn and Will McDonald, Erie, Wyatt, Phoebe, Benjamin and Gordy Sebring, Clarks Summit., and Connor and Maggie McDonald Clarks Summit, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Whalen and Helen Grahamer and a brother, Edward McDonald.
The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family with Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph M. Boles. Interment Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly Township. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday 5 - 8 pm at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Andrew Luke Millett research fund @ The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Lockbox #1352, P.O. Box 8500 Philadelphia, PA. 19178-1352 www.giving.chop.edu. St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509 www.stjosephscenter.org