Joseph C. McDonald

May 30, 1946March 16, 2021

McDonald, Joseph Charles. Age 74, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at his home in Chatham, MA after a long period of failing health. Born May 30, 1946 in Dorchester, MA, he was one of four children born to William and Doris McDonald. For the past 51 years he was partner and husband to Judith Fallon McDonald, a native of Quincy MA. They lived in Quincy, Cheshire, CT and retired to Chatham, MA. Joe attended Archbishop William's High School in Braintree, MA. Joe excelled at football and went on to play at Boston College in Newton, MA.

Joe was a supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York and Connecticut. He was dedicated to his job and loved serving his country.

Joe was a great athlete and excelled at every sport he tried. He was an avid golfer and member of Captains Golf Course. He looked forward to his weekly golf play with great friend Nick. When not golfing, he enjoyed boating and his favorite spot on earth was North Beach in Chatham.

In retirement Joe and Judy enjoyed travel and spent winters in Naples Florida.

Throughout his life, his family was always his first priority.

In addition to his wife, Judy McDonald, he is survived by their three children: Michael McDonald (Michelle) of Norwich, CT, Melissa Arora (Sharad) of West Hartford, CT. and John McDonald (Susan) of Hingham, MA and five grandchildren: Michael (Dallas, TX), Benjamin (West Hartford, CT), Ryan (Norwich, CT), Luke, Sofia and Jake McDonald (Hingham).

A private Memorial Service will be held at a future date, given the restrictions on travel and gatherings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Saint Vincent de Paul, c/o Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Ave, Chatham, MA 02633.


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Paula Benham

March 25, 2021

Dear Judy and family,
We are all heartbroken over Joe’s passing.
He was a fighter right up to the end of his battle with cancer. His legacy will include his bravery and determination to keep beating the odds.
But we all know Judy was there helping every step of the way over the years. A true love story and dedication unmatched.
Our friendship with you and Joe was instant.
I remember meeting you in Naples and then we were snowbird neighbors in Island Walk.
Over the years we have had wonderful memories with you and Joe at so many parties, dinners out, lobsters at your Chatham estate, Joes boat trips, Tom Brady Super Bowl wins, and so many more fun times.
Joe is gone now, but never from our hearts and minds. Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
With all our love and peaceful prayers,
Paula and Eddie

Maria Smith

March 23, 2021

My heart is so broken over Joe's passing. During the 20-1/2 years with the FBI the happiest were when I was Joe's secretary. A friendship was born never to be broken. He would constantly talk about Judy and his face would light up. To me they were the perfect couple. He was the perfect boss. Sleep in peace with the angels now my friend.. heart goes out to you and your family. He was a very special person.

Maryellen McCarthy

March 21, 2021

So sorry to hear about Joe’s death. My prayers to you and your family. Maryellen Flanders McCarthy.

Melissa Arora

March 20, 2021

Dad... I will miss you forever. I told you a few weeks ago that I would never be ready for a world where you are not in it. Thanks you for all you did for me. I will miss our conversations, playing golf with you, and your shoulder to lean on when I needed it. You were the best and I will miss you every day!

Donna Maselli

March 20, 2021

Judy, Michael, Melissa , John and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Joe. Please know you are all in my thoughts.

Mark Callery MD

March 19, 2021

Heaven has welcomed a beautiful man in Joe .
Like Joe, I put in lots of time, energy but purpose in my work.
He assured me that was right.
He assured me of that purpose.
I would spend conversation time with Joe at our homes' interface, and I always knew I was the beneficiary
His bride Judy can be with Joe again.
Joe knew True North, though he lived so East at Chatham's elbow.

Bob Bouley

March 18, 2021

I met Joe in the early ‘60’s as bitter opponents on the Archbishop Williams football field and despite strong efforts by our BC High team we lost to a strong Archies team lead by the best Fullback in Massachusetts Joe Mac.
Luckily the next time we met was as freshmen and teammates at Boston College. Joe continued to be an outstanding fullback and a better friend. His careers in the military and with the FBI Were of the same quality and intensity outshone only by his marriage to Judith. God Bless Joe Judith and his kids.
Bob Bouley

Angela Callery

March 18, 2021

Our most sincere sympathies Judy to you and your family. I will never forget your Joe. My memories of Joe will live on as a loving and caring “father like figure”to my daughters. Joe always took the time to be a great listener and offered good and sound advice in a super positive and optimistic manner. He always had a beautiful smile on his face and a bounce in his step. Joe adored his wife Judy and it was incredible to witness this as the neighbor across the street. You were and are Judy, Joe’s angel on earth.

Leah Callery

March 18, 2021

Joe McDonald - what a great person. Living across the street from Joe and Judy the past 15 years in Chatham has been nothing short of a blessing. From contagious laughs of hearing Joe and Judy play with their grandchildren, to puppy playdates with Mr. Mayor Charlie and much more - the Callery family has so much love for you all. While Joe will be missed, we should all find peace and comfort in knowing we've got an angel watching over us all. Sending hugs and prayers to the entire McDonald family.

nick cuozzi

March 17, 2021

I will miss you Joe-will always cherish our precious moments playing golf and talking B.C. football . No one will ever replace you as my golf tournament partner. Thank you Joe I will never forget you.

Your pal Nick