Robert "Mac" Daniel McDonald

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Robert “Mac” Daniel McDonald, 89, of Bay City, our strong-willed, hardworking, and devoted father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away on April 28, 2019, at Brookdale-Bay City. Robert was born on March 2, 1930, the only child of the late, Daniel and Blodwin (Hughes) McDonald. Mac graduated from Saginaw High School and went on to serve his country as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict; He was in the 187th Airborne R.C. “Rakkasans.” After returning from duty, while he was walking down the street, he happened upon the love of his life, the former Carole A. Brink. They were united in marriage on April 15, 1955, and shared almost 55 years of marriage; sadly, Carole predeceased Robert on February 28, 2010. Mac was the former proprietor of RAP Products Inc. Mac was known for his love of boating, taking his boat up to Mackinac Island with the kids when they were younger – he always traveled by boat when possible, he loved the water. He was a longtime member of the Elk’s Club and Moose Lodge, and in his younger years was an Eagle Scout. Mac was a wonderful piano player and the best grandpa; his grandchildren were the light of his life. Mac always looked out for others and will be missed dearly but lovingly remembered for generations to come. Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Kay Matousek and Kelly (Connie) McDonald; grandchildren, Jonathon Matousek and Shay (Joel) Beson; step-grandchildren Melissa (Craig) Freeman; step-great-grandchildren Craig III, Carter, Cruz, Claire Freeman; brothers-in-law, John Brink and Dan Mutton; cousin, Jack (Janet) Hughes; nieces and nephews, Rick (Judy) Bagley, Shelli (Tom) Nellett, Jim (Amy) Brink, Jeff (Kristie) Stack, Scott (Jacquie) Brink, Keith (Stacy) Brink, Jason (Jaime) Stack, and Greg Stack, along with many friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mac was welcomed home to heaven by his son, Kirk McDonald; son-in-law, John Matousek; sisters-in-law, Carol Brink and Connie Mutton. Robert’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 2:00 PM until the time of his 7:00 PM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in The Wesley Room at Skorupski’s. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Brookdale - Bay City for their compassionate care. Memorial contributions may be directed to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. I am saddened to hear about your loss. I remember both him & your mother fondly. He was a great friend to my dad and I am sure they will be playing cards together somewhere soon.

  2. Kay, Kelly, Connie, Shay and Jonathan
    Im so sorry about the loss of your Dad/grandfather. I have wonderful memories of him on the boat trips we took. Jumping in and saving Clown when she fell overboard with a fishhook in her mouth. He was a wonderful father.

  3. Connie and Kelly,
    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a sweet man and I know Connie married the both of you!!! What a beautiful tribute obituary! And “Rakkasan” too! That means he was a bad ass Army fighting machine!!!! You know I appreciate that!! Love you guys! Hope to see you this week. Renee

  4. Kelly and Kay- Ever since I was a little kid your dad has been my hero.Jan and I send our sympathy to you and your family.
    Jack and Jan

  5. SORRY TO HEAR YOU LOST YOUR FATHER KELLY KEEP FAITH AN BE STRONG MAY HE REST IN PEACE

  6. Dear Kay, I’m so sorry for the lost of your dad. My thoughts And prayers are with you all.

  7. To the McDonald Family’, My sincerest condolences for the loss of Bob “Mac”. My fondest memories are long ago when we would travel the great lakes on the boats. Rest in peace and Aloha Nui Loa. The Tobers


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