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Eugene McDonald Jr. (also known as Mac) age 76 of Pike passed away March 2nd after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Warsaw on February 20, 1947 to the late Eugene Sr. and Lillian Jerow McDonald.
After graduating from Letchworth Central School in 1966, Gene joined the U.S. Army and after a tour in Vietnam was honorably discharged in 1968 as SPC 5 2nd 11th Artillery and awarded The Army Commendation Medal.
He married Brenda Shattuck on November 30,1968. The couple lived in Rochester for a few years and Gene worked for RG&E. With a strong desire to return back to Wyoming County he worked at the Wyoming County Highway Department for the next 30 years as an equipment operator. After his retirement, he worked for Ayers and Gillette Crop Farm in Pike.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman with a fondness for walleye fishing and deer hunting. He especially loved the camaraderie with his hunting crew around the kitchen table serving his homemade chili. In his spare time he could be found outside on his tractors or gator maintaining the lawn and blueberry patch. Gene also loved attending his children and grandsons school and
extracurricular activities. He was always quick to offer his opinion on pretty much everything.
He spent many years as President of the Western NY Biathlon Club. He was known for his no nonsense approach as range official at local, NY State Empire Games and World Cup Biathlon races in Lake Placid and Vermont.
Gene is preceded in death by a son Brian, brother John and sister-in-law Claudia Stover.
Gene leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Brenda. Also surviving are daughter Kristen (Matt) Felix and grandsons Mitchel and Lukas Felix all of Warsaw. Siblings Sharon (Red) McKeown of Florida, brother Joe of Florida, brother Ray (Sonja) of Connecticut, sister-in-law Nancy McDonald of Geneseo, brother-in-law Wendell (Pat) Shattuck and Grant (Jennifer) Shattuck both of Pike along with many nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held on May 20, 2023 at 1pm at Alger Cemetery, Hume, NY with a celebration of life reception to follow at the McDonald’s home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gateway Home 91 Main St., Attica, NY 14011 or Pike Rescue, Pike, NY 14130.