Howard J. MacDonald Jr.


Salisbury, MA - Howard J. MacDonald Jr., passed peacefully Saturday, July 21, 2018, surrounded by his four sons. Born in Exeter, N.H., on October 5, 1933, he was the oldest son of the late Howard J. and Helen (Lennon) MacDonald, grew up in Amesbury, and graduated from Amesbury High School in 1952. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving until his honorable discharge in 1955. Howard was the founder and owner of MacDonald Masonry, and served as the Town of Salisbury Building Inspector for many years. Howard and his wife Frances (Davis) were married for 63 years, raised their family in Salisbury, Mass., and also spent the winter months in their Barefoot Bay, Fla., residence.

Howard was loved deeply, widely respected, thrived in hard work, had a generous heart, and loved spending time with his family.

Howard is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Frances; his four sons, Michael and wife Laurie of Fairfax Station, Va., Mark and wife Jill of Salisbury, Mass., Matthew and wife Cheryl of Chelmsford, Mass., and Miles and wife Cali of Seabrook, N.H.; eight grandsons, Michael Jr., Eddie, Matthew Jr., Max, Kyler, Mason, Camden, Maverick; one granddaughter, Kayla; and four great-grandsons, Adam, Michael III, Easton, and Landon; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. His two siblings, David and Richard MacDonald, predeceased him.

A wonderful husband, great father and father-in-law, loving grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, he will forever hold a very special place in their hearts. In honor of his military service, kindly consider making a donation in his memory to the U.S. Navy Memorial, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,
Published on August 16, 2018
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