Deputy Chief Ronald MacDonald, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on June 4, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family.
Born in Tewksbury, Mass. on September 27, 1938, he was the son of the late Edmund and Caroline Berry of the Bradford section of Haverhill.
Ronald graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1958, where he played fullback and was elected co-captain of the school’s football team. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served four years before being honorably discharged in 1962 with the rank of Lance Corporal.
Ronald then captained a fishing boat off the coast of North Carolina for a year before returning to Haverhill, where he worked at Borden Chemical and was elected union president.
In 1967, Ronald found his calling when he joined the Haverhill Fire Department, retiring 36 years later, in 2003, with the rank of Deputy Chief. He was very proud of the men he worked with – his brothers.
After retirement, Ronald became a member of the National Ski Patrol and enjoyed working at Bradford Ski Area for more than 10 years. In addition to skiing, he enjoyed the outdoors as a golfer and as a hunter. He was a member of the Haverhill Hound Rod & Gun Club. As a “gentleman farmer,” he took great pride in his vegetable garden and was often seen riding his tractors through his fields.
Ronald was a member of First Church of Christ in Bradford.
Besides his beloved wife of 28 years, Susan (Hollis) MacDonald, Ronald is survived by their son, John MacDonald of Haverhill. He is also survived by his children, Kathleen Devejian of East Hampstead, N.H., Shari Atwood and Duncan MacDonald, both of Maine; granddaughter, Emily Devonian; and sister-in-law, Jill Hollis and her partner, Allen Glenn of Haverhill. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Linda (Hollis) Killius. He will be greatly missed by all.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill, followed by interment, with full military and firefighter honors, at Elmwood Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to Haverhill Fireman’s Relief Association, 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. Online condolence may be sent to www.dcsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 6, 2017