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Obituary for Alan R. Macdonald

March 28, 1939 - February 11, 2017
Lynnfield, Massachusetts | Age 77


Alan R. Macdonald, 77, of Lynnfield, MA, formerly of Wakefield, MA, died suddenly on Saturday, February 11 at the Union Hospital in Lynn,
Born in Boston on March 28, 1939, he was the son of the late Walter and Eleanor (Nason) Macdonald. He was the brother of the late Grant Macdonald.
Mr. Macdonald was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1957 and had attended MIT prior to serving in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1958 – 1964. He was a semi-retired self-employed sales representative.
Mr. Macdonald served on the Wakefield, Lynnfield and Newbury Fire Departments for over 50 years. He served on the Wakefield Fire Department as a call firefighter from 1954 – 1977. He served the Lynnfield Fire Department from 1981 – 2009 achieving the rank of Lieutenant and Fire Alarm Superintendent. He had just recently retired from the Newbury Fire Department having served there for more than a decade. Most recently, Lt. Macdonald served on the hiring committee for the Lynnfield Fire Department where he was instrumental in selecting the next generation of call firefighters. Lt. Macdonald was active in numerous fire service organizations including the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association, Past President Box 52 Association, Lynnfield Firefighter's Relief Association, SPAAMFAA and MAFAA.
Mr. Macdonald is survived by his beloved wife of almost 30 years Anita Rassias, his two daughters Melissa M. Dascoli and her husband Joseph of Wakefield and Melinda M. McCabe and her husband Mark of Dublin, Ireland, and his three cherished grandchildren Thomas and Zachary Dascoli and Emma McCabe. He is also survived by his two nephews and niece John Macdonald, and his wife Ellen, Robert Macdonald, and his wife MaryAnn, Laurie Reeder, and her husband Steve, and their children Andrew, Meaghan, Daniel, Colin, Devin, and Joseph Macdonald, and Allie and Grant Reeder.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday from 2-6pm. Funeral Services will be private.
Firefighter walkthrough scheduled for 5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lynnfield Firefighters Relief Association, 59 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940, or to Care Dimensions (previously Kaplan Family Hospice House), 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Lynnfield Firefighters Relief Association, 59 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01222
    59 Summer St
    lynnfield, MA 01940
  • Care Dimensions
    75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102
    Danvers, MA 01923

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Wakefield, MA 01880
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