Utility company executive, Army veteran
CONCORD, NH — Douglas Kent Macdonald, 86, of Concord, NH, died on April 25, peacefully surrounded by family.
Born in Cambridge and raised in Melrose, he was the son of Donald Lewis and Bertha Grace McQueen (Robertson) Macdonald.
Mr. Macdonald was the beloved husband of the late Natalie Mary (Vinard) Macdonald, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. He leaves his children Anne, wife of Sean M. Fisher, of Melrose; Mary of Goffstown, NH; Robert of Tucson, AZ, and John and his wife Maureen (Sheehy) Macdonald of Belmont, NH. He was the devoted grandfather of Catherine and Megan Macdonald of New York, NY and Maryann Macdonald of Columbia, SC. He also leaves several nephews and nieces.
Douglas graduated from the Melrose High School class of 1946. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a medic stationed in Iceland. He graduated from Bentley College (now University) in 1955. He began his career with Stone & Webster and held positions at a variety of businesses including Arthur Anderson of Boston, Concord Gas Company of Concord, NH, Buy-Rite of Manchester, NH and he retired as President and CEO of Concord Electric Company and a member of the board of directors of Unitil. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Concord Hospital.
In retirement he became active in his Scottish heritage with Clan Donald USA and the New Hampshire Highland Games. He served as High Commissioner of Clan Donald New England Region, and Clan Donald USA. He toured Scotland as a member of the crew of the Scottish Galley Aileach with his older brother Donald Lewis Macdonald in 1993. He was chieftain of the New Hampshire Highland Games in 2003. He served on the board of the Clan Donald Lands Trust and the Finlaggen Council, both in Scotland.
Visiting Hours were Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 4-7 p.m., at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., in Manchester, NH. A brief graveside service with Military Honors was held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the NH State Veteran’s Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clan Donald Foundation, Inc. in memory of Douglas K. Macdonald, PO Box 13138, Charleston, SC 29412. To leave a condolence online and for additional information please visit www.phaneuf.net.