Obituaries for Sunday, December 15, 2002

• Robert MacDonald Sr.

Robert MacDonald Sr.

Robert A. MacDonald, Sr. died at his home in Princeville, Kaua’i on Dec. 12, 2002.

Born in Danbury, CT. on Jan. 6, 1904, he assumed responsibility for his family’s paint store and painting contracting business in Danbury after graduating from Middlebury (VT) College in 1926. In 1930, after having contracted tuberculosis, he moved with his wife to Colorado for treatment and eventual cure. He continued as a painting contractor in the Denver area, at one time being the largest such employer between the Mississippi River and California. His business, which eventually broadened into general contracting, was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a construction inspector with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He resumed his building career after the war in Oakland, Calif., where he constructed many homes, apartments, and office buildings. He continued to build homes in Princeville after “retirement” in the mid ’70s.

Mr. MacDonald was active in his churches in both Oakland and Princeville, taking special pleasure in singing in the choir.

Mr. MacDoald is surfvived by his son, Robert A. Jr. of Savannah, Ga., by grandchildren Jane Fabrikant Amsden of Poughkeepsie, NY, Peter L. Fabricant of New York City, Andrew W. Macdonald of Seattle, Wash. and Robert J. MacDonald of Los Angeles, Calif., and by great-granddaughter Eleanor Amsden. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene Wyman MacDonald and his daughter Elzabeth MacDonald Fabrikant.

A memorial service will be held at Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, at 11 a.m. Rev. Bruce MacKenzie will conduct the service. Interment will be in Danbury.

Remembrances may be sent to Wai’oli Hui’ia Church.


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