July 12, 2020

Death of Marc MacDonald Announced; Old Lyme HS, USCGA Graduate

James Marc MacDonald
September 5, 1946 – November 3, 2019

James Marc MacDonald

Marc MacDonald crossed over the bar one last time after a long battle with cancer. He was born to parents Elmer and Irene (Thorp) MacDonald in Norwell, MA, and moved to Old Lyme, CT with his family in 1962. He graduated Old Lyme High School in 1964 and the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1968.

Marc embarked on a 30 year Coast Guard career, obtaining the rank of Captain. His Coast Guard duties took him all over the world from Antarctica to the Seychelles Islands. He had extended duty stations in Hawaii, Japan and Guam. His final assignment was Captain of the Port of San Francisco, where he excelled at his primary specialty Marine Safety.

Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, he had a 13 year career as the Vice President of Safety for Pacific Maritime Association in San Francisco. He was a longtime member of the National Maritime Safety Association, serving on its Board of Directors and Technical Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Kehoe MacDonald of Alameda CA, his two sons, Jason and his wife Melanie of Midlothian, VA, and Greg and his wife Melanie of Lincoln, CA and his three grandchildren; Ian, Paige and Michael. He is also survived by two brothers; John MacDonald of Old Lyme and Matthew MacDonald of Lyme and a sister Marsha MacDonald of The Villages, FL.

In his final years, Marc enjoyed volunteering at The Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, CA. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made, in his name, to The Crucible to support their youth programs.

Marc will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.


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