John E. McDonald

Dec 1, 1931 - Nov 28, 2017

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Robbinston and Falmouth - John E. McDonald, 85, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017, after a long battle with diabetes, heart trouble, and cancer. He was born in Calais on December 1, 1931, to Edmund H. McDonald and Bertha (Ash) McDonald. After his mother died when he was seven years old, John moved to Eastport where his aunt Dorothy (Ash) Ferris helped to raise him. She was like a mother to him.
John went to schools in Eastport and graduated from Shead High School, Class of 1950. He went to the University of Maine Machias to get a degree in education. In his summers off from college, he began, owned and operated the "Polar Treat" in Perry, along with his best friend and wife, for 50 years. John joined the U.S. Army for two years. Afterward he taught school in Perry and Eastport for 29 years.
John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary H. (Pottle) McDonald; three sons, John "Jack" McDonald Jr. and his wife, Lisa, their children, Kristin, Erin, and Gavin of Veazie, Michael McDonald and wife, Heidi, their children, Ian of Los Angeles, CA, and Tara and great-grandchildren, Eva and Luca of Freeport; and Peter McDonald and wife, Heidi, and their son, Sean of Scarborough. Also he is survived by his grandson-in-law, John Squadrito; and many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Sandra Pottle of Perry; and brother-in-law, Robert Pottle of Florida.
John was predeceased in death by his parents; his special aunt Dot; and also by a baby brother and infant daughter.
He enjoyed his family above everything else, all of their sports and their friends while being a coach in baseball and basketball. He enjoyed his Springer Spaniels, fishing, watching the Red Sox games, politics, and his many plants.
Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017, at Mays Funeral Home, 72 High St., Eastport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Kevin J. Martin at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 51 Washington St., Eastport. Burial will follow in Restlawn Cemetery, Perry. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com
Published on  November 30, 2017
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