Rest In Peace

Robert A. MacDonald, 86

Retired Pillsbury Co. employeeREADING – Mr. Robert A. MacDonald, age 86, of Reading, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at his home following a lengthy illness.Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Frederick and Katherine (Walsh) MacDonald. He was a graduate of Revere High School and Burdett Business School.Before retiring from the Pillsbury Company, he had worked as the district manager for the New England Area.During World War II, Mr. MacDonald served in the Army, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He served with the CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps) and was a paratrooper attached to the 11th Airborne in the South Pacific.He was a past president of the Military Intelligence Association of New England, a member of VFW Post 507, Lynn, and an avid sports fan, who said after the Red Sox won the World Series “Now I can die happy.”He was the beloved husband of Mary (Gillen-Brown) MacDonald, his wife of 64 years and the loving father of Katherine LeBlanc, and her husband Alfred, of Lynn, Susan Cataldo, and her husband Victor, of Wilmington, and Maureen Hanrahan, and her husband Mark, of Lynn. He is also survived by two brothers, Leo MacDonald, of Lawrence and David MacDonald, of Revere; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by five brothers and a sister.Service information: His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129) Lynn. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited, visiting hours Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice Care Inc., 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801. Directions and guestbook at

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