July 1947: Ronald S. McDonald passes. A Tribute!

Nellie passed in May and just two months later Ronald’s life ends. On 22 July 1947 Ronald S. McDonald died.  He was father to: Vivian, Gordy, Miriam, Eddie, Keith and Jean and brother to Nellie.

Ronald's Funeral Card of Rembrance.

Ronald’s Funeral Card of Rembrance.

In Remembrance – In Memory of Ronald Sanfield McDonald, July 24, 1947:  In Memory of Ronald Sanfield McDonald, Date of Birth July 25, 1866 Quebec, Canada, Passed away July 24, 1947, Yakima, Washington. Requiem Mass Celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Saturday, July 26, 1947 at 9:00 A.M. Recitation of the Rosary, Friday, July 25, 1947 7:30 P.M. Bearers: William Lee, Hilary McKanna, Robert McKanna, Roscoe Davis, Keith McDonald, Gordon McDonald. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Langevin-Meyer Funeral Home.

The bearers of the casket were family members. William Lee was husband to Katy, daughter of Roscoe and daughter Jean McDonald Davis. Hilary McKanna was husband to daughter Vivian McDonald McKanna. Robert McKanna was Hilary’s nephew.  As you can see Keith also participated in carrying his father’s casket along with his brother Gordon.

Obituary for Ronald S. McDonald:

Source: McDonald – Ronald S, Yakima, Washington, Yakima Daily Herald Newspaper, July 25, 1947 (Reel May-August 1947, Page 15, Yakima Regional Library Microfilm: 

McDonald – Ronald S. McDonald, 81, died Friday in St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born in Canada and lived 10 years in this district. He is survived by two sons. Gordon and Keith of Seattle, four daughters, Mrs. Vivian McKanna, Miss Miriam McDonald, Miss Edna McDonald, and Mrs. Jean Davis, two brothers, John and Alexander of Minnesota, and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o’clock at the St. Joseph Catholic church, and Rosary services will be held Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock in the church. Pallbearers are Keith McDonald, Gordon McDonald, Roscoe Davis, William Lee, Hilary McKanna and Robert McKanna. Langevin-Meyer has charge of arrangements.

Ronald S. McDonald's Tombstone in the Calvary Cemetery in Yakima, WA

Ronald S. McDonald’s Tombstone in the Calvary Cemetery in Yakima, WA

Ronald is buried next to his sister Nellie (Ellen Elizabeth), with his son Ronald Gordon (Uncle Gordy) and his daughter Miriam in the Calvary Cemetery in Yakima.

Before I leave my grandfather, who I never knew, I would like to share some more photos that are part of the Keith B. MacDonald Photo Collection. The time period is from about 1920 to the end of his life.  I start with the photo below showing that my grandfather was a very handsome man.

R.S.McDonald in the early years.

R.S.McDonald in the early years.

Ronald S. McDonald married Grace Barclay in 1898.  The photo below came into my possession recently through a cousin.  It is part of a collection found in a book titled Eddie’s High School Annual.  This is and collection in addition to Eddie’s Collection of Junk that I have featured on this blog.  The people in the photo are a lady on the left who is a friend, I am assuming.  Ronald is in the middle holding on to several of the children. Grace is hiding behind Vivian on the right. In the front row starting on the left is Eddie (Edna), Miriam, Gordon, and Vivian. There were two other children, Jean (June 1908) and Keith (March 1911) who are not yet born. So I guess that Grandma Grace was probably pregnant with Jean or about to be.  Why Grace’s hair is so short, I do not know?

The Happy Family 1908

The Happy Family 1908 – a very rare photo of the McDonald family

Sometime before 1920, grandfather shaved off his wonderful mustache, much to the dismay of his children.

Here is Ronald in Cheney, Washington.  He also used R.S. and I am told they nicknamed him Sandy.  His middle name was Sandfield after the Canadian Premier. He always dressed nicely and well.  As you can see there is a “d” in that version of the name.

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Ronald

Ronald

Ronald looking very dapper in a hat and suit.

Ronald looking very dapper in a hat and suit.

This is a little more casual but Ronald, grandfather, still is dressed well.

This is a little more casual but Ronald, grandfather, still is dressed well. He liked his pipe…and was very proud of his straight back.

This is another photo below from Eddie’s High School Yearbook. Grandfather Ronald, is on the far left. Next on the right is Gordon, Jean, Keith, Eddie, and probably Miriam but hard to say. This is a very fun picture of all of them. I wonder who all the people were in the background but it is hard to see them.

The Watermelon contest 1928

The Watermelon contest 1928

Below we have Ronald with his brother Jack (John Archibald) and sister Nellie (Ellen Elizabeth) in about 1937.  Jack lived in International Falls remaining there till his death. Jack was also Mayor of that city for about 2 years.

R.S. with his two his siblings

R.S. with his two his siblings

R.S. with his brother Alex (from Minnesota) and sister Nellie

R.S. with his brother Alex (from Minnesota) and sister Nellie

Here Ronald is gathering firewood and he still looks good even at work:

R.S. doing some chores

R.S. doing some chores

The family would gather at various camping or picnic areas in the summer to visit. It could be at Mt. Rainier or wherever they chose.  Here are a few of the pictures of grandpa enjoying the day, probably in the early 1940’s. Grandpa seemed to like to read and he had a Yakima Public Library card and also a liquor card. HA!

He was still a Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus in 1945.

Knights of Columbus membership 1945

Knights of Columbus membership 1945

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This time a straw hat...

This time a straw hat…

This looks like it was taken at the house and R.S. still has a hat on but this time he is wearing a sweater.

This looks like it was taken at the house and R.S. still has a hat on but this time he is wearing a sweater and always a tie.

Ronald and the firewood

Ronald  always nicely dress even when getting firewood and he seemed to like wearing ties. One of my favorites…

R.S. caught napping on pile of logs - probably my favorite

R.S. caught napping on pile of logs – probably my favorite

I believe this following photo was one of the last of my grandfather, Ronald.

Ronald Sandfield McDonald 1866 to 1947

Ronald Sandfield McDonald 1866 to 1947

Well, he certainly had an interesting life being born in Quebec in the Upper Ottawa River Valley across from the Isle Allumette and migrating to Minnesota and then to Alberta, Canada and probably Eugene, Oregon and then to Cheney, Washington and on to Yakima. He worked as a lumberman most of his life.  Married Grace Barclay in 1898.  I know that the loss of Grace changed everything for the family but they managed.  He had six children to raise who were devoted to him.  He must have been proud of them all who became teachers, nurses, airplane mechanics and more. I wonder what he thought of the Barclays?  Can you imagine all the stories he could have told me, sigh!

About BJ MacDonald

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