Guy F. McDonald, 65, of Dolgeville, New York, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born on June 16, 1954 in Rochester, New York and was the son of the late, John and Juanita (Strum) McDonald. Guy attended Edison Technical and Industrial High School in Rochester, New York and graduated with the Class of 1972.
On June 5, 1976, Guy was united in marriage to the former, Rose Ann DiMarco at St. Theodore's Catholic Church in Rochester, New York. The couple shared a blessed union of 44 years and raised their two sons in a loving home.
At the age of 21, Guy enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 22, 1975. He started his career as an air craft mechanic and was promoted to Presidential Maintenance with Air Force One as a member of the Presidential crew. After 20 years of service to his country, Guy retired honorably on May 31, 1995 from the United States Air Force.
After his military service, Guy attended the University of Maryland at College Park, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute of Applied Agriculture. He earned an Associates Degree in Turf Grass Maintenance and graduated with honors.
In 2013, Guy and his wife, Rose Ann, moved to Dolgeville, New York from Maryland, as Guy took a position at Lowe's as a Plumbing Professional where he worked seasonally. During the summer, Guy was the Superintendent of Grounds Maintenance for Mohawk Valley Country Club. He was a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Guy's passion was the golf course, playing golf, spending time with his family, playing with his grandchildren, he was a great backyard smoker, and people said nobody beat Guy's meat. His smile was contagious along with his laugh, and could make anyone smile.
Guy is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Ann McDonald at home; two sons, Anthony J. McDonald and his wife, Lucy of Rochester, NY and Jason M. McDonald of Dolgeville, NY; three grandchildren, Jason M. McDonald, II, Jack F. McDonald both of OK, and Jasmyn McDonald of MD; two step-grandchildren, David Ellis of Rochester, NY and Cassidy Senefelder, of Pittsburgh, PA; two sisters, Sharon Edwards and her husband, James of Tega Cay, SC and Shelley Joseph of Rochester, NY; his best friend, Rob Hall of Dolgeville, NY; several brothers and sisters in law; nieces and nephews; his dog, Baxter and two cats, Cuddles and Dyson.
He was predeceased by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Anthony and Irene DiMarco, two brothers, Tom McDonald and David McDonald; and his beloved border collie of 15 years, Phoebe.
The family has decided that they will have a Celebration of Life at a later time in the year to honor Guy at a time and day to be announced, where he will receive his Military Honors, due to the circumstances with the current situation. The family of Guy F. McDonald is being cared for by Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329.
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