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William Angus McDonald
(December 31, 1930 - November 29, 2012)

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William Angus McDonald

William Angus McDONALD Bill was born December 31, 1930 in Seattle to Kathryn Tierney and Donald “Hugh” McDonald. He died peacefully in the presence of his family on November 29, 2012. He let you know how much he loved you, was dedicated to his family, and adored his wife. He spiced up every encounter with one-liners, imitations, pithy observations, and political commentary. He loved reading, film, theater, musicals, jazz, Americana, and mostly – great conversation. He is survived by his children, Bill Jr. (Vandy), Susie (Bob Hardy), Tom (Renee), Mary Ann McQueen (Murray), Kate Yamamoto (Hiro), John (Kristen), Pat (Hannah) and Colleen Elerick (Troy), 18 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Carol, and brothers (Robert and Don). Except for the last two years, Bill lived nearly his entire life on Capitol Hill. He attended St. Joseph’s elementary school, Seattle Prep, entered the U.S. Coast Guard, and returned to earn his B.A. in Accounting at Seattle U. He worked most of his life as an accountant, earning his CPA and then graduated from “moonlighting” during tax season to starting his own business in the 1970’s. He helped St. Joe’s with numerous fund drives in the 1970s. Bill always found time for extracurricular activities, chief among them his semi-pro acting career. A card carrying member of the Actors Equity Union, he performed in plays during the 1960s and 70s at the Cirque dinner theater. He modeled an array of elegant items for picture advertisements and won a few small roles in several films, including critically acclaimed “Joyride”. He was a passionate season-ticket holder for Seattle University Basketball, enthusiastic member and one-time president of the Tomahawk club. For years he and Carol directed and coached the St. Joe’s speech dynasty. He was a summer regular at Madison Beach with his hat, chair, and reading materials – neighborhood kids welcome too. Bill was not much for pious talk yet lived an enduring faith. He brightened people’s day. We have lost one of the great characters but his zest for life endures in the many he touched. Rosary on Mon, Dec. 3, 7 PM at Hoffner Fisher & Harvey Chapel (508 N. 36th St.) and Funeral Mass celebrated Tues, Dec 4, 10 AM at St. Joseph’s Church. Remembrances please to Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036.


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