Stephen L. McDonald, 56 of Lawrenceville, NJ passed away suddenly on May 13, 2019. He was born July 21, 1962 in Princeton, NJ.
He grew up in Princeton, attended St. Paul’s School, and graduated from Princeton High School where he developed many lifelong friendships. He excelled on the lacrosse field for the Little Tigers and loved the camaraderie that the sport provided on and off the field.
Stephen attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH and settled in the Boston area. He lived in Marblehead, MA for many years, fishing and lobstering the waters and working in construction. He returned home to the Princeton area in 1996 to be closer to his family and to spend more time with his nieces and nephews.
Affectionately known as Mackey, Stephen brightened every room he entered. He always had a smile on his face and “never had a bad day”. His generous spirit, loving nature, fierce loyalty and wicked sense of humor truly defined his character. Above all, he cherished his family.
Anyone who knew Stephen was well aware that his days living in the Boston area cultivated one of the most loyal Boston sports fans. He loved the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and especially his New England Patriots.
Stephen worked for Airgroup-Philadelphia in Allentown, NJ in logistics for the last 25 years. Every weekend and many mornings before work he could be found on the golf course at The Lawrenceville School trying to perfect his game. He took great pride in his Irish heritage and was a long standing member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Hamilton, NJ. He spent his summer holidays in Carlow, Ireland where most of his extended family lives. He thoroughly enjoyed those summers playing golf on most days and reveled in the craic and banter that was sure to follow at the nearby pub. The locals anticipated his annual visit and affectionately nicknamed him “The Yank”.
Stephens love of his nieces and nephews was clear and undeniable. He devoted his time to teaching, nurturing and loving them like his own children. He was always on the sidelines cheering them on and was so proud of all of their accomplishments. His presence in their lives will be sorely missed but will endure for years to come.
Son of the late Christopher McDonald, he is survived by his mother Julia McDonald of Lawrenceville, brother Christopher McDonald and his wife Kari of North Brunswick, sister Sheila Brush and her husband Jonathan of Lawrenceville, Nephew Michael McDonald (Rachel) of Washington DC, Niece Hayley McDonald of North Brunswick, Nephews Patrick & Keelan Brush and Niece Teagan Brush all of Lawrenceville.
Stephen leaves behind countless special friends, aunts, uncles, cousins and his entire extended family in Ireland. He loved each and every one of them dearly.
The service will be held on June 1, 2019 at St. Ann’s Church, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ. Friends will be received from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the church with the Memorial Mass immediately following at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s name to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.