NORWOOD— Funeral Services with Military Honors for 85 year old Gordon E. McDonald, a resident of 56 Park Street, Norwood, will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Church in Norwood with Rev. Msgr. John Murphy presiding. Burial will be held in the Calvary Cemetery, Norwood. Family and friends may call at the Buck Funeral Home in Norwood on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Mr. McDonald passed away on his wedding anniversary, May 25, 2017 (Thursday evening) at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Gordon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janice, Norwood; his son, Michael and Maggi McDonald, Amherst, NY; his three daughters, Janine "Jai" and John Fiacco, Norwood; Linda and Rit Tepper, Halfmoon, NY; Nancy and Steve Bush, Chesapeake, VA; his twelve grandchildren, Joe and Samantha Fiacco, Richie and Kyla Fiacco, Doug Fiacco, Kaitlyn Tepper, James Bush, Julia Bush, Cameron, Kailey and Cooper McDonald and Zachary, Joshua and Matt Culp; his five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Carly, Derrik, Loretta and Marah Fiacco; his two brothers, Richard McDonald, Orchard Park, NY and Melford McDonald, Sebring, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. Gordon was pre-deceased by a grandchild, baby Lauren McDonald and his two sisters Marie Hollfelder and Catherine "Dolly" Bunte.
Born in Cheektowaga, NY on December 6, 1931 to the late Melford and Catherine Halter McDonald. Gordon graduated from school and served in the National Guard, attaining Tank Commander Status before going to active duty, serving in Germany during the Korean Era. Upon his return home, he married Janice Eichhorn in Buffalo, NY on May 25, 1957. He worked various construction jobs before becoming a Union Plumber. He later worked for Niagara Mohawk as a Chief Hydro Operator, retiring in 1991 after 34 years of service. He was a communicant of St. Andrew's Church in Norwood and was a member of the Norfolk Knights of Columbus, the Norwood American Legion, and the Gate House Hunting Club in Tupper Lake. He loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, ice fishing, camping, golfing and taking an occasional trip to the casino. He truly loved spending his time with his family and traveling with his wife. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of one's choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com . The Buck Funeral Home in Norwood is serving the family of Gordon E. McDonald.