Danvers — Roger W. MacDonald, 71, beloved husband of Marjorie (Corson) MacDonald, passed into rest at Kaplan Hospice House on February 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, after a long, brave battle with cancer.
Roger was born on July 2, 1942. He was raised in Danvers, and was the youngest son of Raymond E. and Annie (Trainor) MacDonald. He was a graduate of Danvers High School and Franklin Institute, Boston. He was a player on the 1961 North Shore All Star Hockey Team. He loved sports and golf, and he was a former member of the Danvers Touchdown Club. Roger was a self-employed plumber for 25 years, and most recently, was employed by F.W. Maroney of Haverhill until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of Salem Local 138 and Boston Local 12 Plumbers Unions. Roger always enjoyed the ocean, and moved to Great Neck in Ipswich 20 years ago. In his younger days, he was a certified scuba diver, and also enjoyed sailing. He was a former member of the Jubilee Yacht Club. He loved the many years of boating with family and friends in Ipswich Bay and surrounding in beaches. Roger was everyone’s friend. He had a wonderful smile and great sense of humor, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends, who were by his side until the end.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he also leaves his children, Ellen and Leland Wilson of Jupiter, Fla., Kathleen and Andrew Strutt of Danvers, Steven and Allison MacDonald of Danvers, and Thomas and Cristina Corson of Peabody; his grandchildren, Olivia, Grace and Celia Wilson, Reese and Maddox MacDonald, Delaney and Maxwell Corson; his sisters, Catherine Neary of Danvers, and Kathleen Healey of Nokomis, Fla.; sister-in-law, Vera MacDonald of Salem; former wife, Susan Surette of Danvers; and many nieces and nephews that he thought the world of. He was predeceased by his brothers, James, Hugh and Charles; and his sister, Joan C. MacDonald.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart St., Danvers. Visiting hours are Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923, or Mass General/ North Shore Cancer Center, Development Office, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923. www.LyonsFuneral.com.