Joseph McDonald, Jr.

Joseph N. McDonald, Jr.

1924 - 2020

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Joseph Nelson McDonald, Jr., age 95, of Billerica and formerly of Mashpee and Lexington, died on May 17, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Mary “Mardell” McDonald. Joe is survived by four children: Laura Vilain McDonald of Harvard, Linda Ziemba of Concord, Tim McDonald of Michigan and Greg McDonald of Colorado; 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He was a loving husband and grandfather who always had wisdom to share. Joe graduated from Cornell University in 1945 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Princeton University with a Masters in Plastics Engineering, a member of the second graduating class of the program. After Joe’s service in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant, he spent seven years with Dow Chemical as an engineer in the Plastics Technical Service Department. During this time he was sent to Japan to be a consultant to the Asahi-Dow extrusion operations. He then became one of the founders of Sweetheart Plastics, then Maryland Cup. He served as the Vice President of Operations for 28 years with a stint in England to run their English subsidiary. As a Pioneer in the plastics industry, he never stopped working on how to improve the industry and led the industry through his work as a Board Member and President of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Joe was an avid golfer, tennis player, and pool player in which he could always beat his children and grandchildren even into his 90s. He and his wife were founding members of Nashawtuc Country Club where he earned many golf and tennis recognitions and awards. He could still recite every word to “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” after memorizing many Robert Service poems as a youth. Joe kept himself busy outside of work as a religious education teacher, little league coach and manager, Meals on Wheels volunteer, and member of many committees. Joe was always there to lend a helping hand or add comic relief with a quip or comment. He will be remembered by all that he encountered even to his last day. He recounted his philosophy of life as maintaining a great family, raising the kids properly, and improving upon everything that he participated in whether that be a committee, a friendship, or a community. He will be dearly missed but will be forever in our hearts. Due to COVID-19, funeral services were private. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lexington.
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