Fred Donald McDonald, Sr., also known to many as “Dinky,” passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at the age of 92. He was born in Mississippi on February 19th, 1931, to his parents Thomas McDonald, Sr. and Miriam McDonald. He was a resident of Bayou View Community in Gulfport.
Fred was a highly accomplished individual who wore many hats throughout his life. He graduated in 1952 from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and earned the National Defense Service Medal.
In addition to his service in the military, Fred went on to build an impressive career. He worked as an instructor with the Keesler Air Force Base Technical Training Center and was also a skilled radio and television technician. His expertise in these fields allowed him to leave an indelible mark on those he worked with and taught.
Outside of work, Fred’s interests included fishing, crabbing and tennis. His love for these pastimes saw him spend countless hours by the water with friends and family, casting lines and enjoying good company. It’s likely that those who knew him would describe him as much more than just a fisherman – he was a true lover of life who never missed an opportunity to create beautiful memories with those he cared about most.
Fred was of the Catholic faith and was a Republican.
Fred is survived by his loving grandsons, Ryan McDonald and Toby McDonald; niece and god-daughter, Sherry Niolet; as well as many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Neldra McDonald; three sons, Dale McDonald, Mark McDonald and Fred McDonald Jr.; brother Thomas McDonald Jr.; and his parents.
A visitation will be held in Fred’s honor on Friday, June 16th, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am at the Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road in Gulfport, MS. Military honors will be rendered at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel. Fred will be laid to rest in Old Delisle Cemetery.
It’s hard to summarize a life as full and rich as Fred's in just a few short paragraphs. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and helped to make the world a better place for those around him. His gentle nature, quick wit, and unwavering loyalty to those he loved are traits that will continue to live on through memories for decades to come.