John McDonald

John McDonald

Friday, May 9th, 1924 - Friday, November 15th, 2019
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Obituary written and submitted by family:

John Mc Donald of Murrieta, CA Died peacefully at the Temecula Valley Hospital with family members by his side.

He closed his eyes, on November 15th  at the age of 95. Struggling with health problems for the past two years, Dad’s will to live let him greet each day to spend as much time with his family and loved ones. The caring staff of nurses and doctors made him comfortable and kept us updated..

John was one of eight children born to Bernard and Alice McDonald, in Cootehill, County Cavan Ireland, on May 9th, 1924.

John had several jobs in Cootehill before emigrating to America at the age of 30, in search of the American dream. John landed a job in construction under the operating engineers where he worked on cranes for building roads and bridges most of which are still standing and operational.

John met his beautiful Bride, Bridget (Bridie) Kerley in the Catskill Mountains in Albany New York. Bridie is from Magheracloone Carrickmacross County Monahan Ireland,  

They got married in 1956 and started a family. Brian, Sean, Seamus, Eamon and Erin Marie...John’s dream, as a young boy, was to own and run his own Pub in Ireland., with the aid of his sister Peggy they found the Pub he’d always dreamed of. The Drop inn pub is in Glasleck, Shercock Ireland. John and Bridie moved their family back to Ireland.

They later sold the pub and moved to Dundalk, County Louth Ireland. As the years went by the boys and Erin left home and headed for California.. John and Bridie decided to live in California for the winters and spend the summers in Ireland. John and Bridie bought their family home in Murrieta, California where Bridie still resides.

John was a very hard worker, and a great provider, He was an advocate of exercise and good health, John regularly rode his bike and worked out at the gym.

John was a great husband and enthusiastic father and grandfather.

John is survived by His wife Bridie, his four sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren and

His sisters Peggy and Kathleen and numerous nieces and nephews.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Murrieta Valley Funeral Home
    24651 Washington Ave
    MURRIETA, CA 92562
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    Catholic Vigil to be held at 6:00pm in our Chapel with Viewing to Follow.
  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Martha Catholic Church
    37200 Whitewood Road
    MURRIETA, CA 92562
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  • Interment

    Murrieta Valley Cemetery District
    42800 Ivy St.
    MURRIETA, CA 92562
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    Graveside Service to Follow Funeral Mass

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Robert,Glynn and Brandon

Posted at 12:27pm
Sending condolences to Bridie and Mcdonald family. May John rest in peace.
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Eamon Mc Donald

Posted at 02:43pm
R.I.P. Dad,
My Dad was my best friend and an incredible Father, he supported anything I set out to do in life and give me his words of wisdom from my first business adventure, to marriage and beyond he was always there for support in anyway.
As life rolled on, and he became ill, I caught Dad starring and he seemed to be in deep thought. When I asked, “What you are thinking, Dad?” He replied, “It’s too late for thinking.”
I asked him if he were to live over what would he have done, he stated to me he lived life his way, he stated he wouldn’t have changed a thing, he enjoyed every day, and did what he wanted to do in life and had no regrets.

My Dad was a great Father, He was a loving, caring, wise and supportive Dad. When he smiled it was from ear to ear, and he had a great laugh, and enjoyed the “Crack” (Irish for conversation) My Dad, always enjoyed a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson, his preferred drink. Dad was fascinated by others, and he liked the stories they told as if he had lived it himself. If you started a conversation with Dad, he could chat with you all day. To know and truly understand my Dad, you just needed to pay attention. The nurses fell in love with his blue eyes as Mom did 63 years ago when they were married: he was one in a million.

Dad could be a man of few words and as a kid, when he spoke, you listened. As we all got older, you learned that Dad and Mom were great parents, due to their work ethic and morals. We all had jobs at the age of 12 years old or younger and they taught you the value of the dollar. To know and truly understand my Dad, you just needed to pay attention. He despised lying, cheating and dishonesty.

Dermot Rogers a good friend of my Dads: “They don’t make Men like this anymore, he was part of the greatest generation like my Dad, your father is one tough guy”!

On one of his many trips to the doctor in the last few years, His Doctor asked if I could take Dad out for a few hours and bring him back he said he needed to drink 3 to 4 bottles of water a day, I asked the Dr. “Would you have any problem if we had a little barley and oats in the water?” Dr. replied, “Who am I to stop a 95-year-old Irish guy from having his Guinness” So, I did what the doctor ordered, and we added in a wee chaser a shot of Jameson! (he passed his test)
I raise a toast to you all:
Dad, may you be sitting at the bar in Heaven with your brothers, sisters and friends, that have gone before you, having a pint of Guinness and a wee shot of Jameson! 

I love you Dad.
Eamon xoxo

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Posted at 11:24am
The Lobb Family Loves The McDonald Family. We were privileged to meet and get to know John McDonald and we will never forget John. God Bless!
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Graham Judge

Posted at 08:15pm
R.I.P. John. It was always a pleasure to welcome you and your family at the Shamrock Irish pub. I loved to see you sitting at the bar with your son enjoying the banter and of coarse the Guinness. Please God you’ll have a pint With my Father up there now. God bless you and the family. ☘️🇮🇪.

Eamon Mc Donald Posted at 02:47pm

Thank you Graham for your kind words. Eamon

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