Obituaries

Thomas D. McDonald, Jr. – 2/2/2021

February 4th, 2021

Thomas (Tom/Danny) Daniel McDonald, Jr. of Boothwyn, PA died after a courageous battle with cancer on February 2, 2021 at the age of 70 at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA.

Born in Chester, PA, Tom was a graduate of St. James High School for Boys in Chester, PA, where he was lovingly referred to as “Specs” because of the glasses he wore.  A few months after graduation, Tom began working at the Scott Paper (Kimberly Clark) plant in Chester, PA where he remained employed until his death.

A Veteran of the US Army, Tom received orders to be deployed to Korea in 1971 to serve as a medic in the Vietnam War. After his time in Korea, he was placed on the reserves list until he was honorably discharged on May 1, 1976.

Tom married his first wife Jaqueline Stoddard on March 20, 1976, and welcomed two children into the world: Heather Kline and Thomas Daniel McDonald, III. They remained together in their Boothwyn home until Jaqueline’s death in 1984.

In September of 1985, Tom married Rita Bonhage, and they had two additional sons, Sean and William. For the last 10 years, Tom and Rita have been raising their oldest grandchildren, Mason and Mila.

Tom McDonald never met a bird that he didn’t like. Well, except crows. He would spend hours outside on the porch with his children and grandchildren watching birds and deer. He taught his kids how to fill the bird feeders, what kind of food each bird liked (especially the Blue Jays with their peanuts), and ways to attract even the most exotic birds to his Delaware County back yard.  Tom also loved to fish, and enjoyed taking his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews fishing whenever he was able. He looked forward to the summer so he could visit his favorite vacation spots in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where he could be surrounded by the various wildlife.

Tom had a love of classical music, Motown, Earth Wind and Fire, and a weird obsession with one hit wonders like Who Let the Dogs Out and Hot In Here. He was an avid baseball and football fan, and rarely missed any games. Each Friday night, Tom and Rita would have a movie night with Mason and Mila, becoming one of the only times the children got to choose what was on TV.

A natural prankster, Tom loved to play jokes on his loved ones and work colleagues. From pretending to be a baby calling his niece Jamie, to fighting for the control of the television with toddler-aged Mason, to eating Mila’s munchkins one time and never hearing the end of it, he was always having fun with those he loved. He particularly loved being with the newborn members of his family and loved watching them grow. Always wanting to keep magic alive in the eyes of children, Tom would frequently play the role of Santa Claus, and would call his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews on Christmas Eve to get them excited for the big day.

Tom will always be remembered as a generous soul who would help anyone who asked, and even those who did not.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas D. McDonald Sr, and Mary Elizabeth McDonald (Radell), wife Jaqueline McDonald (Stoddart), daughter Heather Kline, son Thomas McDonald III, and brother Michael McDonald.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Rita McDonald (Bonhage), children Sean McDonald (Janine), William McDonald (Danielle), son-in-law Vincent Kline, grandchildren Mason, Mila, Caden and Andrew, brother James (Squeak) McDonald, sister Ruth Bonhage, many cousins, nieces, and nephews who he loved very much.

12 thoughts on “Thomas D. McDonald, Jr. – 2/2/2021

  • By Alice Pierdomenici on

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Rita, Danny is a sweetheart, always had a beautiful smile He surely will be missed Love 💕 you brother Danny RIP

  • By John Mooney on

    On behalf of the St. Jams High School Alumni Association, I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers on your loss. The Alumni Association will remember Thomas at their annual Memorial Mass.

  • By Dan Allvord on

    Rita and Family,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I’ve worked with Tommy for the last thirteen years on 18 paper mill. I’ve always enjoyed my conversations with Tom and liked the way he got an the ear to ear smile every time he told me stories about his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

  • By Jackie on

    Oh Rita and family im so sorry not only did I go to high school with Rita I also had the pleasure of working with Tom at Scott Paper where we worked my nights on 3rs shift laughing to keep us from being tired.
    When I got married and made my husband’s lunches I always took the grapes from the stem so they would be ready to eat thatbis hiw Tom would bring his grapes and I tjought wow thats a great wife to prepare his fruit for him.
    Rest in peace Tom
    Sincerley
    Jackie Foth Schonewolf

  • By Connie Getz on

    My sincere sympathy Rita. You and your family will be remembered in my prayers. Tom has joined many of his co-workers from Kimberly Clark. I can just see Dave, Bill and Jim welcoming him into his heavenly home.

  • By Lorraine Brattellil on

    Rita my thoughts are with you and your family. Danny was so special and I will älways remember him taking the time to visit my Dad when he was sick. He was one of the good guys.

    • By Lorraine Brattellil on

      Rita my thoughts are with you and your family. Danny was so special and I will always remember him taking the time to visit my Dad when he was sick. He was one of the good guys.

  • By Mary Finn on

    I am so sad at the loss of my cousin, Danny. He was a loveable guy. He always had a smile on his face and loved to joke around. My condolences to Rita, Sean, Billy, Ruth and Squeak and the rest of his family. I pray that he is at peace and up in heaven partying with all of our other family members and his who have passed before him. He will always be remembered and loved by all who knew him.

  • By Eleanor Heavens short on

    Our condolences to all.
    May God be with you.

  • By James F Finn on

    Rita, Dan will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • By Arline J Link on

    Dear McDonald Family our sincere prayers and hearts are with you all.

  • By Frank Grande on

    My condolences to all of you at this time. I am so sorry and honestly shocked. Sending good thoughts to everyone at this time.

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