Thu, Oct. 29

Obituary: John A. McDonald 1929 - 2014

John A. McDonald holding a photograph of Ruth Elaine McDonald, his wife of 58 years, who passed away Dec. 26, 2008. (See her 2008 obituary below.)

John A. McDonald holding a photograph of Ruth Elaine McDonald, his wife of 58 years, who passed away Dec. 26, 2008. (See her 2008 obituary below.)

John A. McDonald, 85, of Cottonwood died November 1, 2014 while on a cruise. He was born May 5, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of John A. McDonald, Sr. and Sarah Conner McDonald.

He received his Associate degree from Brooklyn College. John served his country as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War.

His career was working for the A&P Food Chain from 1947 to 1976. John then worked for the Bank of New York from 1977 until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the American Legion where he served twice as Post Commander in New York. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and recently had attained his 4th degree and served in the Color Corps. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served as head usher. John enjoyed cruising, reading (especially historical fiction), computing, and visiting family members nationwide.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth E. McDonald; a brother Hugh McDonald and sister Mary McDonald.

John leaves son Robert McDonald (Jenny) and their children Robert McDonald, Jr of Orlando, Florida and John V. McDonald of Brooklyn, New York; another son John N. McDonald (Maree) of Flagstaff and their children Joanne McDonald of Phoenix; Caroline McDonald of Flagstaff and her child Leonidas Martin; Kathryn Clark (Marcus) of Tuba City and their children Gabrielle Clark, Lila Clark and Jeffrey Clark; a daughter Kathleen R. Sweeney (Jim) of Port Orange, Florida, and a brother James McDonald of New York.

Visitation was Sunday, November 9, at the Westcott Funeral Home from 3-5 PM. A Funeral Mass was Tuesday, November 10 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10 AM. Burial will be later in Prescott National Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

Information provided by survivors.

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2008 obituary notice for Ruth Elaine McDonald

Ruth Elaine McDonald, 79, of Cottonwood died on Friday, December 26, 2008. She was born and lived for 60 years in Brooklyn , New York . Ruth was predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Dora Amato and her young brother Joseph.

She married John McDonald in 1950 and graced his life for 58 years. They retired to Arizona in 1989. Their retirement years have been spent in automobile and ship travel.

Ruth was a superb wife and mother, an expert cook and homemaker.

She is survived by her broken hearted husband, John and sons, John (Maree), Robert (Jenny) and daughter Kathleen (Jim), Also left behind are 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

A memorial Mass was held on Friday, January 2, 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood, Ariz.
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