Thomas P. McDonald

Thomas P. McDonald, at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by his family, after a long illness, November 28, 2012. Born and raised in Quincy, Tom was a graduate of Saint Mary’s School, West Quincy, the first graduating class of Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree, in 1953 and The Great Class of 1957 at Boston College. He entered Officer Candidate School for the United States Navy in Newport, RI, was commissioned in 1957 and honorably discharged in 1960. Tom suffered a diving accident that resulted in quadriplegia in 1966. His injury did not prevent him from being an active husband, father, friend, businessman and member of many local organizations. Tom was involved with the Holy Cross Father’s Retreat House in Easton, an original board member of Fr. Bill’s Place, Quincy and a member of the Development Board of My Brother’s Keeper. In 1975 he established the Thomas P. McDonald Insurance Agency of West Quincy. Beloved husband of Bernice A. “Bernie” (Tirrell) and loving father of Michael D. McDonald and his wife Dinah and Judi M. Pekkinen and her husband David, all of Quincy. Devoted grandfather of Thomas P. McDonald II, Brendan D. McDonald, Connor M. McDonald, Brian D. Pekkinen, Sean M. Pekkinen, Jason T. Pekkinen and Kara E. Pekkinen. Brother of J. Richard “Dick” McDonald of CT, James G. McDonald and his wife Pauline of Hingham, Noreen Curtis of Braintree, Ann Erickson and her husband John of Quincy, John M. “Jack” McDonald and his wife Ann of Braintree and the late George B. McDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, Monday December 3 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON, Sunday 3-7 PM. Interment Saint Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to My Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356-0388.