February 25, 1936 - November 30, 2021
Harry McDonald was born on February 25, 1936 to the late Mabel (Gaines) McDonald and the late Harry L. McDonald, he had one sibling, Undean (McDonald) Thorne who proceeded him in death. He grew up in Baltimore and received his education through the Baltimore City Public School System. He departed this life on November 30,2021 after a lengthy illness at Woodholme Assisted Living and Memory Care. He graduated from George Washington Carver Vocational-Technical High School also known as Carver Vo-Tech with a concentration in shoe repair. Shortly following graduation Harry performed odd jobs such as stock clerking and carpentry. In 1953 he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps earning several commendations during his time in the service which ended in 1957. In the early 60’s he joined the Baltimore City Police Department. Throughout his career he worked as a detective in several divisions including, CID (Criminal Investigations Division), Pawnshop Unit, and Homicide before ending his career in New Applicant Investigations, from where he retired in 1996. Still not ready to fully retire, he worked as a Court Bailiff at the Eastern District Courthouse in Baltimore City. At an early age, “Mac” as he was affectionately called loved roller skating, bowling and Jazz. As a young police officer, Harry met his future wife; a young schoolteacher named Marilyn McCormick, with whom he had a wonderful 51-year marriage before her passing in 2018. Harry and Marilyn were long time members at Epworth United Methodist Church, where he helped with the Children’s group along with the United Methodist Mens Coalition. They both were huge Baltimore Ravens Fans, having been season ticket holders since the team’s inception. Harry had a tremendous skill at carpentry that he use to make extra money for the family, anything from a remodeled basement to an addition on a house. His work was in demand once the word got out. Harry was a very active person in life, community service was his passion. He was the President of the Woodlawn Recreation Council, helping to make the traditional events bigger, such as the Woodlawn Christmas Tree Lighting, the Haunted House at the recreation house in downtown Woodlawn and the ice skating on the pond at Woodlawn Cemetery. He coached many kids in Woodlawn in baseball and football along with being a Scoutmaster in the county. He also worked for different Baltimore City organization helping with the city’s annual Soap Box Derby and taking underprivileged kids to Ocean City for a week with his friend, the late Harlow Fullwood. Harry is survived by his son Keith McDonald, daughter in law Janet McDonald, son Kevin McDonald, daughter in law the late Deborah McDonald, Mark McDonald, daughter in law Deneen McDonald, son Michael McCormick, daughter Michelle McCormick; Granddaughters Alana McDonald, Lauren McCormick and Kayla McCormick, Grandsons Keith McDonald, Jr., Kevin McDonald, Jr., Timothy McDonald, Matthew McDonald, Michael McCormick, Jr., Great Granddaughter Alexis McDonald and a whole host of other relatives and friends.
Harry McDonald was born on February 25, 1936 to the late Mabel (Gaines) McDonald and the late Harry L. McDonald, he had one sibling, Undean (McDonald) Thorne who proceeded him in death. He grew up in Baltimore and received his education through... View Obituary & Service Information
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