Obituary: Robert C. Macdonald – Portland Press Herald

Robert C. Macdonald

MOODY – Robert C. Macdonald, of Moody, died on Friday August 19, 2022 at Pinnacle Nursing Home in North Berwick two days before his 98th birthday, after a long battle with dementia.

He was born in Roslindale, Massachusetts on August 22, 1924, the son of Algo and Edith (Townsend) Macdonald. He lived in Belmont, Mass. graduated from Belmont High School and worked for several years at MIT before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard, which was part of the United States Navy during World War II. There, he took classes at Columbia University in New York and became a pharmacy journeyman until his honorable discharge.

He graduated from Boston University, College of Business Administration and was employed at the Provident Institution for Savings in Boston, Mass. for a number of years. After that, he worked at John Hancock Insurance Company also in Boston, Mass., as an underwriter of pension plan contracts. After nine years, he left Boston to teach 7th grade math in Lowell, Mass. at James S. Daley Junior High School. He then earned his master’s degree in education at Fitchburg State College.

After retiring from teaching for 27 years, he moved to Haverhill, Mass. and volunteered with the Haverhill Council on Aging. He agreed to take on the job of editor of their monthly journal, which he did for four years.

After this period of his life, Mr. Macdonald moved permanently to Moody, buying a house with his dear friend, Joseph Casper.

During his life he traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, as well as an “Around the World” trip in 1972 and numerous road trips through the United States and Canada. During his retirement in Maine, he was employed by the Ogunquit River Inn and Suites in Ogunquit from 1995 to 2014. Mr. Macdonald traveled to the Palm Springs, California area and Las Vegas, Nevada , every fall, for six to eight weeks, and spent several months in Pompano Beach, Florida in the winter with his dear friend, Joseph Casper, with whom he taught at the Daley School for 27 years.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury, Mass. Arrangements from Tewksbury Funeral Home, 1 Dewey St., Tewksbury, 978-851-2061. Please find us on Facebook or visit to leave a message of condolence for the family.

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