John J. McDonald, Jr. of Mashpee and Nantucket passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 80 years old. Born November 20, 1939 on Nantucket to Mary G. (Davis) and John J. “Captain Jack” McDonald of Newfoundland, Canada and Nantucket. John Graduated from Nantucket High School and proudly joined the United States Airforce, where he worked on the flight line (SAC). It was in the Air Force where John met the love of his life, Roberta. John attended IBM Computer school and worked for NCR in New Jersey, where he set up computers in hospitals, banks, and businesses. They moved to Nantucket in to be close to family where John went to work for the Nantucket Electric Company. John was a lead lineman, with the nick name “Superman” until he retired.
John and Roberta left the island and moved to Mashpee to be close to their son and first grandchild. Family was most important to John and he openly showed his love with a hug and kiss for everyone and always ended a conversation with “I love you”. John always had a smile on his face and he was a true gentleman. He could always be found bringing his grandsons Dillon and Jack to wherever they needed or wanted to go. His favorite time of day was the end of the school day. He would drive to Hyannis almost daily where he would arrive half of an hour early and wait to pick them up from school. He had no problem arranging his schedule around his grandsons, they were everything to him, and him to them. When they were younger all his friends knew that if they went to lunch with John and Roberta, the grandbabies were part of the deal. Diaper bag in hand and grandbabies in tow they would often lunch with their friends. He was a big part of their lives, going to all their sporting events, driving them to practices, or picking them up. He was known around town as “Grampy McDonald” everyone knew him, and everyone loved him. He was a loving and supportive grandfather not only to his own, but to all. He was friendly with all the parents and children. John treated everyone like they were part of his family and always called everyone by name. He was a generous soul who would help anyone at any time. He was always smiling and always had an extra five-dollar bill in his pocket to share with the kids to congratulate them on a good grade or nice baseball hit.
John was very active in the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister for both St. Mary’s on Nantucket and Christ the King Church in Mashpee, where he was also an usher after moving to Mashpee. He was the recipient of the 2019 St. Jude Award from Christ the King Parish for “Outstanding Service to the Parish Community”. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Men’s Organization. He was a 4th Degree Knight and Former District Deputy. He loved the many friends he made and enjoyed the numerous trips they took throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
John leaves behind his loving wife, Roberta of 60 years. He was the loving father of John J. McDonald, III and his wife Terri and proud grandfather of Dillon and John (Jack) McDonald of Mashpee.
John was a devoted brother to Jeanette Topham of Nantucket; Ronald McDonald of Wareham, MA; Michael and his wife Nancy McDonald of Fairhaven, MA; Robert McDonald of Nantucket; Genevieve and her husband Reginald Harmon, of Nantucket, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sisters Mary Fee and Helen Cranston, his brothers-in-law, John Fee, Sr. and John Topham, Sr., and his sister-in-law Joan McDonald and his nephew John Topham, Jr. and niece Kelly Ann McDonald.
Visiting hours will be held 9:00am-11:00am on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the John- Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 12:00 pm at Christ the King Parish, 5 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee. Seating is extremely limited at Christ the King due to COVID -19 restrictions. Burial will follow the Mass at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. All services will be held with COVID-19 restrictions; masks and social distancing are required.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.