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James F. McDonald, Jr.

  • On September 20, 2019

On Thursday, September 19th, 2019, James Francis McDonald, Jr. of Mt Lebanon, devoted husband and loving father of three children, passed away at the age of 78. James was born on March 22, 1941 in Mt Lebanon, Pa to James and Helen (Capp) McDonald. Jim served in the US Army from August 17th, 1959 to August 16th, 1965 and received his degree from Northeastern University. He had an incredible career in Sales in the Education industry for over 30 years. On April 12th, 1982, he married his wife, Barbra and they raised her son and daughter, Gregory (Julie) and Kristin DiStefano, as well as their own son, David, together.

With the perfect personality, outgoing nature, and welcoming disposition, and affectionately known as Jimmy Mac, he had a significant role in growing a small, family business into an industry leader. He did that by being a genuinely honest man with a great sense of humor and an unparalleled work ethic. And he could make a friend from a stranger in an instant. Jim was a spirited Pittsburgh sports fan and grill master, loved IC Light, spending weekends at his sister Patty Slater’s house, time with his son David, and his cats Jack, Charlotte, and Mason

Jim was preceded in death by his father Jim, mother Helen, sisters Patty Lou Slater and Polly Leis, and brother-in-law Paul Slater. He is survived in life by his wife Barbra, sons David and Gregory, daughter Kristin, daughter-in-law Julie, grandsons Jude and Darwin, brother-in-law Robert Leis, as well as his adoring nieces and nephews including Mary Lou (Tony) Price, Jay (Sheila) and Mark Slater, and Bobby (Bill), Jimmy (Linda), and David Leis, and countless family and friends. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA 15317.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pgh CAT, 207 Allegheny St, Tarentum, Pa 15084 www.homelesscat.org

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Janet Drizos
  • Sep 20 2019
My deepest condolences. Jim was always such a nice and considerate man. He will definitely be missed!
Debbie Whitfield
  • Sep 20 2019
We will miss you neighbor!!! Rest in peace!!
Chris Stompanato
  • Sep 20 2019
I am very saddened by Jimmy Mac's passing. When I joined ECSI in 2007 he was the first person I traveled and bonded with. He was a great man, and I offer my condolences to his family and friends.
Corky Mobley
  • Sep 20 2019
Jimmy, going to miss you more than words can say. Thank you for being the wonderful, caring and true friend you have been to me these past 15 years. My heart breaks to lose you and I know the same is true for anyone blessed to know you! Rest In Peace Dear Friend. My deepest condolences to your entire family. You will always be bigger than life to me, a Hero, and the love I have for you will go with me always. Thank you so much for believing in me and teaching me so very much. I’ll miss you crazy. So much Love, Corky
Terri Hughes
  • Sep 21 2019
Barbara and family. We met Jim at caliente's. He was such a joy to get to know and we always looked forward to seeing Jim. He will remain in thoughts as you and your family heal from Jim's passing. Terri and DJ Hughes
Carolyn siatkosky
  • Sep 22 2019
My thoughts are with Jim’s family at this time. I met him at Calientes and enjoyed knowing him. He will be missed by his friends there with warm thoughts and smiles.
  • Sep 22 2019
We will miss you 😥
Carol Feiling
  • Sep 22 2019
Jim (my "Joe Kenda" Enjoyed your company at Caliente's and was looking forward to seeing you again. You were one of us in our little circle of friends. Miss you !
Judy Wenzel
  • Sep 22 2019
So sad to lose this great guy. He will be missed by all who knew him. Some people are too nice to forget. Ever.
Marcia Martin
  • Sep 22 2019
I fondly remember uncle Jim. His passing is a true loss for your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michelle Loedeman
  • Sep 23 2019
Wonderful man that will be truly missed
Mary Ryberg
  • Sep 23 2019
I loved working with Jimmy from the beginning of our implementation process when we moved to ECSI a long time ago. He had a smile that could brighten up the room and I loved working with him. Prayers to the family during this time.
Candance Frazier
  • Sep 23 2019
Sending condolences and prayers. I always enjoyed our meetings with Jim. He truly was one of a kind. Candi Hostutler Frazier, West Virginia University
Joanne Stumme
  • Sep 23 2019
My sympathies to the family. RIP Jimmy Mac, you will be missed by many.
Dorothy Etienne
  • Sep 23 2019
My deepest condolences. My God strengthen your family in the way that only he can during this difficult time.
Robin Welding
  • Sep 23 2019
My deepest condolences, I met Jim my first week at Chatham just starting my career in Higher Ed. He was a so nice and also so helpful. He will be definitely be missed.
Elaine Mazyck
  • Sep 23 2019
Sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Denny DeSantis
  • Sep 23 2019
My condolences! He was a terrific person and will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Etsegenet Zewdie
  • Sep 23 2019
Our deepest condolences. From Howard University, Washington, DC
Rebecca Ray
  • Sep 23 2019
Sorry for your loss. Jim had a personality that was bigger than life. He always had a kind word and big smile to share when I ran into him. I knew him from my time working in Higher Ed.
Dennis Swartz
  • Sep 24 2019
Positive mind, positive vibe, and positive life! Something that we shared! Talked about our cats always. Great personal friend to have had throughout the years gone by. Love you Jimmy! Dave, carry on!!
Natalie Turner
  • Sep 24 2019
Condolences to the family of my dear colleague Jim McDonald. Through the years whenever he was in Kentucky he made a point to visit and provide knowledge and wisdom to make our jobs easier. Rest in Peace my friend.
Joyce McKee
  • Sep 24 2019
Jim was a great guy who I knew through the Ohio Bursar's Association. Always a gentleman and lots of fun! I will miss seeing him!!
Bob (Dusty) Johnston
  • Sep 24 2019
I was so sad to hear of Jim's passing away. We were high school classmates and then went into the Army together on the Buddy system. We went thru Basic Training and Advanced Training of Teletype Repair together also. We were sent to our different locations and later met each other again in Germany during the Service. We stayed very good friends even after the Service and called on the phone all thru the years. I will miss his laugh and our talks. You had a great Dad & Husband and I will really miss talking to him. We are giving to his favorite Cat Charity in his name.
Tammy Vandenbroek
  • Sep 26 2019
Jimmy, Many years ago you took me under your wing and taught me a great deal in the industry and how to always work hard and make it look so easy! Thank you for being a mentor to me and one of the warmest and kindest men I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life and career experiences with. You were simply the best and will live on forever in my memories and heart! Love you!
Diane Loos
  • Sep 26 2019
Barb, Dave, and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We worked together for about 25 years and I considered “Jimmy Mac” to be a good friend. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Diane Loos
Dawn McDonald
  • Sep 27 2019
I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. Dawn McDonald