September 13, 1940 Ė March 3, 2021
Richard G. MacDonald of Randolph, formerly of Rockland and Boston, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on March 3, 2021 at the age of 80.
Richie grew up in Roxbury, the oldest boy in a family of 16, contributing to the support of his family from the age of 7, making it his mission to love, help and protect his siblings, his children and all of their families throughout his life. He was a great role model of unselfishness and a strong work ethic. Throughout his life he experienced the days of coal and ice deliveries with his uncle, the turbulence of 1960ís Boston, being on the first Naval ship to arrive at Bay of Pigs, watching his children grow to become the strong, successful, nurturing, grateful and hard-working people that they are today, and losing two children along the way. Tough and determined as much as he was loving, he always worked at least two jobs to make sure his family had everything he didnít as a child.
An expert horseman, skilled carpenter, artist, Navy Veteran and long-time truck driver, Richie was admired for his green thumb, his knack and passion for building things, and lovingly caring for his dogs and horses. Even more so, though, he was an adored brother, loving father and devoted friend who always put others ahead of himself, gave away what little he had, and was always available for a chat filled with puns and smiles with anyone, including strangers. He loved spending time with family the most. Richie had a strong sense of justice and responsibility for those in his life. He would spend all day removing snow for each neighbor. Everyone who knew him has a story of how he helped them or just made them feel good. He was one of a kind in a world that needs many more like him. He gave us the gift of fun, security, caring and friendship, and will be greatly missed by many.
Richie was the husband of Tracy MacDonald of Randolph. Loving father of Rick MacDonald and wife Nicole of Pembroke, Stevie MacDonald and wife Shaina of Dorchester, Greg MacDonald and wife Sharon of Hanson, Glenn MacDonald and wife Nicole of Raynham, Melissa Wilson and husband Keith of Hanson, Donna Grace Anderlionis and husband Tony of Quincy, Paige DeGirolamo and husband Andrew of Randolph, and predeceased daughter Joy Marie and son Scott Anthony MacDonald. A loving grandfather to 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A devoted brother to Ann Silve of Plainville, Bob MacDonald and wife Linda of Lakeville, Corrine Converse of Hyde Park, Susan Campbell and husband Tommy of Dedham, Ellen Kotkowski and husband Christopher of Dedham, Larry MacDonald of Randolph, Linda Spinale and husband Billy of Hyde Park, Brian MacDonald and wife Geri of North Attleboro, Debra Lenane and husband Jay of Dedham, Jay MacDonald and wife Michelle of Dorchester, David MacDonald of Boston, Paul MacDonald and wife Kim of Dorchester, predeceased sisters Marianne MacDonald and Judith McQuade, and brother Wayne MacDonald. He was also the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at St. Mary Church in Randolph. Burial will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Bourne at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a pledge to be more like Richie, and also make a contribution to the animal charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main St., Randolph. To share a story or celebratory message, or leave a note of sympathy, visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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