James McDonald

James P. McDonald

Saturday, January 14th, 1928 - Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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James Patrick McDonald, 91, of Mycenae died peacefully at Menorah Park with his eldest daughter by his side. He was born in Syracuse to Robert and Marie Zimmerman McDonald. Jim graduated from Fayetteville High School, served in the Navy and received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University. He worked as a structural engineer at Winkrete and Stopen Engineering until age 90. You will recognize his work when you see the concrete structural panels of the Carrier Dome, the center columns at Destiny Mall and when you walk over the pedestrian bridge at the NY State Fair.

Jim was an active member and communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville where he was a counter until he was 89 years old and collected for the Hope Appeal. He enjoyed photography, motorcycle riding, bird watching, reading and visiting with family and friends.
Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife, Christine (née Marquisee) in 1996; parents; sister, Jane Himpler; and brothers, Robert, Richard, John Keith, Dolan, Michael and Daniel.

He is survived by his children, Melissa (César Cardozo), Michelle (Michael) Sennett, James (Paula), Mary Ann (Jeff) McKay, Ruth (Richard Bassett), Dolan and Joseph (Kathy); grandchildren, David, Miriam, Melissa, Eric, Corey, Erin, Haley, Ryan, Drake, Connor and Makenna; great grandchildren, Jacob, Sara, Robert, Richard and Adalee; sister, Kathleen (Thomas) Collins; two brothers, William and Emmett McDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 21 at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 am on Friday, November 22 at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Fayetteville.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church, Fayetteville
    400 Salt Springs Street
    Fayetteville, New York 13066
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  • Interment

    Immaculate Conception Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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John P. Stopen

Posted at 11:24am
I always regarded Jim as a true gentleman
He was a trusted addition to the firm and appreciated by all.
We are sorry for your loss and will hold all of you in our hearts and prayers. John P. Stopen

Jim Savage

Posted at 04:24pm
Jim was a good mentor and eager to help with advice in my work. I enjoyed his wit and appreciation for irony, and had told him a few stories about himself which I learned from a co-worker. I was always glad to see him in our office and other chance occasions.

Jim Savage
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Love, Beth, Dan, Tommy and Emma

Posted at 07:20am
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Uncle Jimmy will remain in our hearts forever!
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Sharon Knapp

Posted at 05:23pm
Melissa, Michelle, MaryAnn, Ruthie, Jim, Joey & cherished cousins. My memories of your Dad and Mom are so vivid and so many. Our family gatherings were always extra fun because of them. And they gave us YOU. Your Dad and your Mom will always hold a special place in my heart. Kevin and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers, as well as much love and hugs to you all.

Monica Thompson

Posted at 07:54am
Dear Melissa, May our Lord bless and give you and your family comfort. Please accept our condolences.
Monica Thompson & Ronald Birks
Asuncion, Paraguay

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