Joseph McDonald: Former White Plains Resident

Joseph F. McDonald, 77, of Port Jervis, NY formerly of White Plains, NY, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2014 after a brief illness.

Joseph was born on March 30, 1936 in the Bronx, NY to the late Patrick J. McDonald and Bridget Burke McDonald. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle, NY. Joe served as a medic in the United States Army and was recalled for service during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1965, after attaining the rank of specialist.

Joe started as a boy working as a short order cook, which later became one of his hobbies – he loved to cook! Later, he had a route with the Frito Lay Company for many years. Joe then began a career with the US Post Office, holding many positions until his retirement in 1992, after 29 years of service.

Joe was an avid fisherman and bowler; he was very proud of his trophy for bowling a perfect game! He could often be found on the golf course and made many memorable trips to Ireland where he played on the links.

Joe held season tickets to the Jets games for many years. Most Sundays he was dressed in green, chanting....J-E-T-S!

Joe was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Church for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Mount Vernon Irish, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Joe is survived by his sister, Patricia McDonald, his sister-in-law, Ruth McDonald, his niece, Michele Derderian, her husband, Darren and their children, Casey, Connor and Cameron, his niece, Suzanne McDonald Moran, her husband, Phil, their children Lucas, Liam, Logan and a baby girl expected in June, all of Greenville, RI. He is also survived by his long time best friend, Harry Field, of Port Jervis, NY and several aunts, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Brian and his sister, Eleanor.

Joe loved spending time with family, especially the children. We will miss Joe's playful sense of humor and his generous spirit. Come football season, you may even hear the Patriots fans rooting for the Jets in his honor. 

Joe's visitation will take place at the McMahon, Lyon and Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains, NY on Monday, March 24 from 4-7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Tuesday, March 25 at 10am.

Memorial Donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 620 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI, 02828.


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