Robert E. MacDonald, age 84

of Kingston

Robert E. MacDonald, age 84

Robert E. MacDonald, age 84, of Kingston, formerly of Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Quincy, to the late Lauchie and C. Elva (Cairns) MacDonald. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1955. He was a member of the Quincy High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

He had lived in Kingston for nineteen years, previously in Quincy for most of his life.

He began his career as a pipefitter for General Dynamics at the former Fore River Shipyard. He then worked as a plumber at the Boston University Medical Center for twenty-five years and had been retired for many years.

Bob was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a man of faith and a longtime active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where he enjoyed many friendships. He was well-known for his sense of humor and beautiful singing voice.

Most of all, Bob was dedicated to his family and his cherished grandchildren. He enjoyed supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of the late C. Joyce (Timberlake) MacDonald.

Devoted father of Kimberly A. Jones of Kingston and her late husband Ronald, Linn C. Casey and her husband Kevin of Braintree, Kurt J. MacDonald and his wife Jeannette of Hull.

Loving grandfather of Caitlinn Whalen and her husband Tim, Colleen Bohan and her husband Pat, Caroline Casey, Sean Casey, Robert MacDonald, Ian MacDonald, Kristen MacDonald, and Trevor MacDonald.

Dear brother of John A. MacDonald and his wife Audrey of Randolph. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, April 1, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Graveside Services will be conducted at Pine Hill Cemetery, 815 Willard Street, West Quincy, on Friday, April 2, at 10 o’clock. Reverend John W. Culp, Pastor of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Those attending should use the Chickatawbut Road gate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Fort Square Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • Thoughts and Prayers and love are with my dear sister Joyce and Bob’s family. Oh what a beautiful “Love Story” they shared. I know they are together again and I will miss them terribly. See You both one day!
    Love you guys Uncle Don and Auntie Becky, Kylie says don’t forget me.

  • Sending our love to everyone He was a very special Uncle and will be missed But look at all the memories each one of you have and now you have 2 angels watching over all Plus he is now back with the love of his life Aunt Joyce. God Bless

  • To my cousins Kim, Cathy and Kurt please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Uncle Bob was a great man with a outstanding sense of humor. It was always fun to be with him and Aunt Joyce. I can’t even imagine the party you are having right now with family and friends. RIP Uncle Bob, Love Connie and Bill

  • Sending you all healing prayers and memories to get you through such a difficult time.

  • To all of our cousins, we are sorry for your loss – But the reunion up above – what a great one that is.. I can hear Auntie Joyce and Uncle Bob singing – We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! Love to you all

  • My sincere sympathy to all of Bob’s children grandchildren , relatives and friends and especially to my son-in-law Kurt. It was wonderful to have Bob part of our family. His humor and distinctive laugh will be terrible missed. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy. As we grieve his presence in this life, we know he is happy with Joyce in his spiritual life Until we all meet again, all our love. Jeanne Chalifoux

  • My thoughts go out to Bob. He was such a nice guy. I am sure his family will miss him greatly. I graduated with Bob from Quincy High School in 1955. I was on the basketball team along with Bob. That is where I knew him most. Bob always had kind words whenever I was with him. Good memories. May God be with you.
    Bob Rosenblatt

  • Bob and Joyce were one of our first friends when moving to Town and Country. They were great neighbors and friends. We send our deepest sympathies to the family. They are both together now and are surely in a better place. We will miss them.

  • I was sorry to hear that Mr. MacDonald had passed last Sunday. Over the past twenty years I have had the pleasure of knowing his amazing daughter Linn. We worked together at the Highlands elementary school and she was someone you were always happy to know. I also have had the same pleasure of working with his granddaughter Caitlinn for the past three years. Although I have never met Mr. MacDonald, it is clear he was a wonderful person and I offer my prayers and condolences to all of you. God bless you!

  • One of the kindest men i have ever met. RIP Bob i hope you find all your people. Love Rita (chalifoux) Johnson.

  • Linn, Kevin and Family,

    So sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing….. our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Mr. MacDonald was a LEGEND. Over my years serving as an attendant at Sweeney’s we met and chatted so many times, great manner and style! Just a special kind of man and held in such high regard by the Ft. Square Presby Church Community. He certainly will be missed. God Bless.