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Attorney Robert C. McDonald

Retired  Defense Attorney;

Attorney Robert C. McDonald, 74, of the Pawtuckeville section of Lowell, passed away Wednesday July 15, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Juliette H. (Boisvert) McDonald, who survives him and with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 21, 1945, a son of the late Leo G. and the late Catherine L. (Carey) McDonald, he received his education in the Lowell school system and was a graduate of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Bob went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Law from Suffolk University in Boston.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bob proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp where he received several medals and commendations among them the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Prior to his retirement, Bob, who was a highly respected lawyer for over 40 years, was a Criminal Defense attorney in the Lowell District Court and later a Defense Attorney in the Lowell Juvenile Court..

Bob had several interests outside of his career including touring New England, walking, boating and long car rides.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister Louise Leonard of Lowell; a niece Catherine L. Urbaniak of Chelmsford; and many dear cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning July 20, 2020 at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Anselm’s College, 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102. Funeral Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768

Condolences (8)
  • Jeanne Maloney Mason  - childhood memories
    We called him Robert. He and my older brother Gerry were best friends growing up--altar boys at St Rita's, classmates at Pawtucket School. I remember him as being smart, always grinning, and having curly hair! He and Gerry were either exploring the woods behind our house or hanging out at Hayes Ave. I remember Gerry and I going to Hampton Beach with Robert and Louise and their parents. Gerry also became a Marine and served in 'Nam; I wonder if they were in touch then. Robert was a special person for sure. Prayers for Robert, Louise, and all the family.
  • Kevin & Susan Palanski  - So sorry for your loss
    Juliette. Just received your Christmas card and was sorry to see Mac has passed away! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kevin remembers such fun times they had at St. A’s. Again so sorry for your loss!
  • Robb & Allison Genetelli  - Wonderful Neighbor
    We send our sincere condolences to Julie, as well as Bob's family and friends. Bob was always a warm and friendly Hillcroft neighbor offering NH stories and neighborhood history. Even our rental guests commented on our wonderful neighbors. We will miss his wave and smiling face. Bob, may you rest in peace.
  • John E. O'Brien
    Eternal rest grant unto Mac, O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in Peace. Amen In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen
  • Elise Brassil  - Fellow attorney
    Many condolences to Bob's wife and family. Bob was a wonderful man and a great attorney. We have missed him greatly in Lowell since his retirement. I have so missed his smile and laugh.
  • Doris Mackie Sullivan  - It was a privilege to know you
    Rest in Peace. You always took the high road. You will be fondly remembered and missed by many. Deepest Sympathy, Doris
  • Norma Mercedes  - Condolences
    We both worked in same courts and had some cases together. He was an attorney who would be willing to help another attorney out if he could. He helped me several times. He was missed when he retired. My condolences to his wife and family.
  • Matthew & Mary Laschi  - One of the Greatest Friends Ever
    I grew up staying at Mac & Julie’s home in New Hampshire on weekends and spending a lot of my childhood with him, Julie, My Mother, Kate Laschi, and Don Crawford. Mac was one of the kindest, funniest, and most generous person I have ever met. Prior to my Mother and Don building a home on the same road as his house in NH, he would have us up almost every weekend, or even weeks and for several years. From a young child, we would come up and stay at his home (always allowing me to bring a friend and dogs), and he would not only entertain us with endless stories and fascinating topics to debate that would make all of us laugh and learn. Mac would never hesitate to take us for rides on his boat or accompany us on trips up to northern New Hampshire. I remember Beagly the dog (later his house up north named appropriately “Beagly’s Point), and all of his other canine companions that he loved and treated like they were family. Mac would be the life of any event, always laughing and often reminiscing about his College days with Norm Glidden, Donal Crawford & many others). When advice was needed, we all knew we could go to him, and he would assist in any way he could. Mac was like the Forefather of Hillcroft Road. He somehow managed to bring all his friends together up at his home in Weirs Beach Laconia NH. If not the first one to build up here, he was pretty close to it, and by doing so, he provided a place where eventually, his best friends could also build their own places so they could all be together. I also worked in Lowell for a time, and would see him just about every day walking by my place of employment right next to the court house. He would always say hello whenever he saw me on the fire escape of my building. His boisterous laughter that could be heard from just about anywhere around the cove will be sorely missed; his amazing stories and welcoming warm personality will also be greatly missed. And finally, Mac as a friend, mentor, and genuine amazing person will be missed and never forgotten. Rest Easy Mac, and say hello to Kate for me. Julie, if you ever need anything, we are all here. Never hesitate to ask for anything as you too shared your life with my Mother, Don and me and we are so grateful.
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