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James Ferman McDonald Jr., 83, of Blairsville, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Beacon Ridge Nursing Home, Indiana.

The son of James F. McDonald Sr. and Lucretia (Gould) McDonald, he was born in Grampian on May 7, 1936.

He was a graduate of DuBois High School, Class of 1954. He attended Shippensburg University where he received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1958, then continued his education at George Washington University.

He worked at Torrance State Hospital as an assistant administrator, retiring in 1982. Jim loved to tinker with things, he loved to have the satisfaction of taking something apart and making it work again, from a clock to keeping his 1930 Model A sport coupe running.

He is survived by his children, James F. McDonald III, of Marysville; and Elisa K. McDonald, of Greensburg; stepchildren Sharon Koreni (Joe), Linda Spiaggi and Joey Werthmiller, all of Blairsville; five grandchildren: Erin, Gwendolyn, Jessica, Jamie and Brooklyn; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou McDonald, who passed away on Jan. 7, 2020; and a daughter, Kimberly (McDonald) Marsh.

A graveside service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in Greenville Cemetery, 3995 Greenville Pike, Grampian, with Pastor Leslie Bloom officiating.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2835 East Carson St., Suite #200, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.