Richard D. McDonald Sr., a retired longtime Prudential Insurance sales agent who also served as a patrolman in Silver Creek and a justice of the peace in Angola, died Friday (Oct. 19, 2001) in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 71.
He was a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He was also co-founder of the McDonald Family Open Golf Tournament, held annually at various golf courses for the past 21 years.
"He had health problems most of his life, but he never let you know it; he had so much vitality," said a daughter, Mari Grennell of Brant. "He was a wonderful father and grandfather. He collected antique toys and had a passion for antique pedal cars, which he loved to refurbish."
McDonald was born in Buffalo and brought up in Angola. He was a graduate of Angola High School and lived in Angola or Silver Creek until about 10 years ago, when he moved to Hamburg.
He was with the Silver Creek Police Department in the late 1950s and the early 1960s and served as a justice of the peace in Angola from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.
He was a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for more than 30 years, retiring in 1984.
His wife, Carolyn K. Drago McDonald, died in 1994.
Survivors, besides his daughter Mari, include a son, Richard D. Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; two other daughters, Lori M. Schwartz of Hamburg and Kathleen McEvoy of West Seneca; two brothers, Michael of Rome, N.Y., and Robert W. of Fredonia; a sister, P. Patricia Ford of Silver Creek; and 10 grandchildren.
Prayers at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola, will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Angola.