BANGOR - William L. MacDonald, 92, went home to the Lord, Jan. 7, 2013, at a local health care center. He was born Oct. 19, 1920, in Gouldsboro, son of Irving and Audrey (Hunt) MacDonald.
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After his schooling at Coburn Classical Institute and Maine School of Commerce, William in 1942 enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps where he was a member of the 376th Bombardment Group, the Liberandos. For 27 months he served his nation in Egypt, Libya, Italy, North Africa and Tunisia. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. After completing his service commitment, William returned to Maine and worked for Paul Smith & Co., later continuing his education at Benjamin Franklin University, Washington D.C. In 1952, he married Helen Boulter and for 62 years they were blessed with a loving and dedicated marriage which he honored daily. In 1952, William joined the office staff at J.J. Boulter & Son, where he was employed until 1983. After the purchase of J.J. Boulter & Son by Bangor Welding, he continued his employment until retirement in 1986. For several years after retirement, William worked part time in accounting and bookkeeping. William was a member of First Baptist Church, Bangor, worshipped with his family for 45 years at Columbia Street and was active in the Soup Kitchen Ministry at Columbia Street. He was a member of Bangor Jaycees, as well as a longterm member of Bangor Lions Club. He was also a member of Ralph J. Pollard Lodge No. 217 AF & AM of Orrington, St. John's Commandery, Scottish and York Rite Bodies, Valley of Bangor and Anah Shriners. William was a former trustee of the Bangor Water District.
William is survived by his wife, Helen (Boutler) MacDonald of Bangor; two sons, Thomas MacDonald and wife, Joan, of Bath, and Robert L. MacDonald of Bangor; and four grandchildren, Megan of Marietta, Ga., Andrew of Bath, Katy and Sarah, both of Bangor. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Morris; and daughter-in-law, Shirley MacDonald. He and his family created special memories for nearly 40 years at their camp on Molasses Pond, Eastbrook. The family extends a special thank you to the caregivers at Westgate Manor for their attentive care provided William during his stay.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Foster Williams officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to honor William in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Columbia Street Baptist Memorial Fund, 63 Columbia St., Bangor, ME 04401; of Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 26, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Brookings-Smith.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 8, 2013