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Robert J. Donaldson

  • On May 2, 2022

Robert J. Donaldson, age 90, life long resident of Donaldson’s Crossroads (Peters Township), son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Donaldson passed away on April 29, 2022. He was employed by Brookside Lumber and Supply Company of Bethel Park for 53 years and as of April 11, 2003; serving the last 33 years as Vice President of the company.

He was a veteran of The Korean Conflict where he served overseas with 29th Infantry Regiment Headquarters and Headquarters Company Fort Buckner, Okinawa. Robert had basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo,; attended Engineer school at Ft. Belvoir, VA, also; engineer school at Eta Jima, Japan.

On April 28, 1956, he married Shirly Eileen Hixon of Monntown, Eighty Four, PA, daughter of Addison I. Hixon and Ella Rittenhouse Hixon.

Bob was a life member if Peters Township Volunteer Fire Company, having served 38 years as active fire fighter; served 15 years as Assistant Chief, 12 years as Director and 7 years as Chaplain.

He was a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, Pike Street Canonsburg; was an Usher for 55 years and also served on Committees, Music and Worship, Membership and Fellowship. He also served as trustee during merger of 4 Presbyterian churches in 1967.

Bob worked with Peters Township Library on Villages in the Township and changes made in last 100 years at Donaldson Cross Roads.

Robert is survived by his two sons Robert J. Donaldson, Jr. (Susan) of Denver, CO and Jeffrey L. Donaldson (Jennifer) of Bethel Park, PA; two grandchildren Victoria Lynn and Samuel Marcus; siblings Richard F. Donaldson (Jody) of McMurray, PA, Patricia D. Stutzman (Steve) of Canonsburg, PA and Nancy J. Johnston (Gary) of Mentrose, CO. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his siblings Rose Withrow (David), Walter E. Donaldson, Jr. (Rose Marie), and Alice D. Coffield (Paul).

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 4 PM – 8 PM and Friday, May 6, 2022 at 2 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, 112 W. Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317 or Meals on Wheels – Canonsburg Houston Unit.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Myra Oleynik
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Donaldson when I became the director of the Peters Township Library in 2015-2020. He was always full of smiles and great stories. I learned a lot from him about our local history which he was always happy to share. He will be missed.
Adele Bowser
Dear Shirley, Bobby & Jeff -- sending my sincere sympathy to you and your families. My husband Lynn valued Bob's friendship in both their professional and personal relationships. I heard many Brookside stories over the years and the respect Lynn had for Bob was evident. It was later a bonus to know you through the church we all served. God Bless and comfort you. Adele Bowser