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Celebrating the life of

Eugene "Gene" McDonald

Passed away on December 14, 2019

Eugene

Eugene “Gene” McDonald died peacefully in his home December 14, 2019 and joined his parents Frank and Eleanor McDonald and his son Keith McDonald to rest in eternal peace.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Diane, his daughters Denise McKinney and Nicole McDonald, his son-in-law Jeff McKinney, his grandchildren Ryan, Aiden, Joseph, Julia, Graeme, Ellie and Bethany, as well as his brothers Frank, Tom and Brian.

He was born March 3, 1943 in Bronx, New York. In 1964 he graduated SUNY Maritime College with a Bachelor of Science degree. in nuclear and marine engineering. He first worked for the US- Navy on nuclear powered ships and at an Atomic Energy Commission laboratory run by Monsanto. He obtained his MBA from the University of Dayton and then transferred to the chemical of Monsanto. After 20 years with Monsanto he took a position with Church and Dwight Co. (Arm and Hammer) as Director of Chemical sales and then General Manager Specialty Chemicals. In the early 90s He joined Koda enterprises, a private equity group. There he performed as President/CEO of Distribution Inc. Monson Companies and President, Koda distribution Inc. From this Massachusetts-based company he retired to The Landings in Savannah, Georgia.

As a resident of The Landings for 17 years, he was involved with many activities serving on the Board of Governors including the Golf and Green Committee. He was also a member of The Landings Men’s Golf Association and Chair of the Inter-Club Committee. He was generous man with a service heart who served as President of the Kiwanis Club and also Club Representative of Project Eliminate. He was a L.O.V.E. mentor and Bear Buddy at Hesse and also volunteered with Special Olympics and Junior Achievement.

He was a dedicated and generous family man who was loved dearly by his family and by those who knew him.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019, St. James Catholic Church, followed by a Celebration of Life from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at The Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the following organizations:

Second Harvest Kids’ Café

2507 E. President Street

Savannah, GA 31404

OR

Fort Schuyler Alumni Association

FSMAA

236 Ernston Road

Parlin, NJ 08859

Make checks payable to:

FSMAA Class of 1964 Cruise Endowment Fund

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Gene will very much be missed. Those of us, who knew him and were lucky enough to count him as a friend, were indeed blessed by his friendship, generosity and spirit.

- Robert C Miller, Savannah, GA


Diane and family,I will not be able to attend the Mass and celebration of life,due to illness,but you are all in my prayers and I will greatly miss my friend Gene,he was a very Good Man.

- Mike Newman, Savannah,


Gene was a really good man. As a fellow Bronx boy we shared stories of our youth and often wondered at where and how we got to Savannah at this time of our life. He had a great outlook on life and will be missed.

- Bill Monroe , Savavvah, GA


Gene was a good guy. I liked him. We are so sorry for your loss.

- Bobby and Joy McKinney, Ocoee, Fl


We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

- Denise Dowling, Clearwater, FL


So sorry to hear of your loss. We would like to extend our condolences to your family in your time of loss.

- The King family, Summerville , Sc


You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Susan and Kevin Schneider

- Susan Schneider, Savannah, GA


Dear Diane & family: May Gene Rest In Peace with the Lord of Life. You will all be remembered in the Celebration of the Eucharist. Francis Higgins Rev. Fr.

- Francis Higgins, Savannah, GA


My condolensces to Diane and the family of Gene McDonald. Our prayers are for you and the soul of Gene.???

- James Maloney, Savannah, Ga


So sadden to hear of Gene's passing. We are thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. Gene was so kind to us when we worked at Monson! Lots of fun memories of company Christmas parties and work events! Please know that you are all in our hearts!

- Eric & Heidi Furman, Clinton, MA


Rick and I are still in disbelief at the sad news of Gene's passing. We are so thankful for having connected with him and Diane at our 55th Class of '64 reunion. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love. No words can ease the pain of that loss but please know that our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. May time soften the pain until all that remains is the comfort of memories and love. Our love to all, Joy and Rick

- Kisling, Bethel, CT


Words cannot express my sorrow for your family at this time. Gene made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for sharing him with all of us

- Judy Baisden, Savannah, Ga


Words cannot express my sorrow for your family at this time. Gene made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for sharing him with all of us

- Judy Baisden, Savannah, Ga


Gene will very much be missed. Those of us, who knew him and were lucky enough to count him as a friend, were indeed blessed by his friendship, generosity and spirit.

- Robert C Miller, Savannah, GA


Diane and family,I will not be able to attend the Mass and celebration of life,due to illness,but you are all in my prayers and I will greatly miss my friend Gene,he was a very Good Man.

- Mike Newman, Savannah,


Gene was a really good man. As a fellow Bronx boy we shared stories of our youth and often wondered at where and how we got to Savannah at this time of our life. He had a great outlook on life and will be missed.

- Bill Monroe , Savavvah, GA


Gene was a good guy. I liked him. We are so sorry for your loss.

- Bobby and Joy McKinney, Ocoee, Fl


A candle has been lit!

- Denise Dowling , Flo


We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

- Denise Dowling, Clearwater, FL


So sorry to hear of your loss. We would like to extend our condolences to your family in your time of loss.

- The King family, Summerville , Sc


You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Susan and Kevin Schneider

- Susan Schneider, Savannah, GA


Dear Diane & family: May Gene Rest In Peace with the Lord of Life. You will all be remembered in the Celebration of the Eucharist. Francis Higgins Rev. Fr.

- Francis Higgins, Savannah, GA


My condolensces to Diane and the family of Gene McDonald. Our prayers are for you and the soul of Gene.???

- James Maloney, Savannah, Ga


A candle has been lit!

- Mary O’Neill , Georg


So sadden to hear of Gene's passing. We are thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. Gene was so kind to us when we worked at Monson! Lots of fun memories of company Christmas parties and work events! Please know that you are all in our hearts!

- Eric & Heidi Furman, Clinton, MA


Rick and I are still in disbelief at the sad news of Gene's passing. We are so thankful for having connected with him and Diane at our 55th Class of '64 reunion. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love. No words can ease the pain of that loss but please know that our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. May time soften the pain until all that remains is the comfort of memories and love. Our love to all, Joy and Rick

- Kisling, Bethel, CT


A candle has been lit!

- Bobby Gillham , Georg


Words cannot express my sorrow for your family at this time. Gene made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for sharing him with all of us

- Judy Baisden, Savannah, Ga


Words cannot express my sorrow for your family at this time. Gene made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for sharing him with all of us

- Judy Baisden, Savannah, Ga


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200