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Wilfred (Bill) R. MacDonald

February 18, 1930 ~ November 22, 2021 (age 91)


Wilfred (Bill) R. MacDonald, 91, passed from this life to his eternal reward on Monday, November 22, 2021. He was born in Searsport, ME, on February 18, 1930, to Rev. Clifford J. and Agnes (Howard) MacDonald who predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his first wife, Merlyn D. MacDonald; and his brothers, Lawrence, Paul, and Ernest.

He served his country during the Korean War Theater in US Army and Reserves, and attended the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN. Wilfred was lovingly referred to as “Uncle Bud” or “Uncle Mac” by his many nieces and nephews as well as by the students of Heritage Christian School, where he enjoyed driving the bus. He was a faithful member of Heritage United Pentecostal Church of Bristol, CT, for many years. He was a lifetime student of history and was a wonderful story teller.

Wilfred leaves behind his loving, caring wife of 42 years, Margaret L. MacDonald, and children: son James MacDonald of Barron, WI; John (Jill) MacDonald of Bristol, CT; William (Jean) Cowles of Bonnerdale, AR; Daniel (Sue) Cowles of Little Falls, NY; Diana (Kenneth) Page of Haddam, CT; Debra (Daniel) Martin of Decatur, IL; Edward (Lynn) MacDonald of Hastings, NE; Sue (Rob) Eselby of New Hartford, CT; and Dea (Nathan) Schlupp of Kailua, HI; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also, two brothers, Clifford (Sandy) MacDonald of Meriden, CT, and Charles MacDonald of Torrington, CT, as well as many of nieces and nephews.

The visiting hours will be Friday, November 26th from 3 to 5 PM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol and from 9:30 to 10 AM on Saturday November 27th at Heritage United Pentecostal Church, 48 Lewis St, Bristol followed by a funeral service at 10 AM. Interment immediately following in Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heritage Helps food pantry at and click on “give online” or by mail to Heritage Helps, 48 Lewis Street, Bristol, CT 06010. For directions and/or to leave an online condolence please visit Wilfred’s memorial web-site at

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November 26, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Funk Funeral Home
35 Bellevue Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010

November 27, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Heritage United Pentecostal Church
48 Lewis St
Bristol, CT 06010

Church Service with Flowers
November 27, 2021

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Heritage United Pentecostal Church (Bristol)

Final Military Honors
November 27, 2021

11:15 AM
Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol
James P. Casey Road
Bristol, CT

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