Louis McDonald was born on August 26, 1925 to Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Margaret McDonald. He was his parents’ only child, however his childhood was interesting.
When he was quite young, his mother died. Growing up in a one parent home might have influenced Louis’s character and the responsible individual that he became. With aspirations to achieve educational goals, Louis graduated from grammar school and from Wendell Phillips High School. These milestones, he was able to realize, in spite of the fact, that he worked during his high school years to help to support himself and his father. Louis knew what it meant to be responsible. It was a trait that he had developed at a young age. Shortly after high school graduation, Louis McDonald enrolled in college. When recalling the fact that he attended classes for a week, he jokingly referred to himself as "the college man!" Shortly afterwards, he joined the Navy. Louis served his country during WWII in Panama, from August 2, 1944 until May 9, 1946. On July 20, 1946, Louis McDonald married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Baker. She, too, was a graduate from Wendell Phillips High School. The couple had a wonderful life together.
Louis McDonald was always known and respected for setting and achieving goals for himself. Following his military years, he began a quest to acquire employment with the United States Postal Service. Again, he was successful in realizing another milestone in his adult lifetime. Louis retired after serving forty five years with this department of the United States Federal Government.
Louis, sometimes, reflected on his school years, when he had very little or no social life. However, "TIME" had brought about a change. After graduations, time in the military and marriage, there were now so many "fun" things that Ruth and he were able to do. As a couple, they had many hobbies and interests. Throughout the years; they travelled, hosted gatherings, ate at all kinds of restaurants, attended religious functions and civic events, enjoyed live theatre, movies, the performing arts, and family celebrations. They both were AVID dancers, and loved music. Very frequently, the couple attended parties and they "danced the night away."
Mr. McDonald absolutely loved playing music. Some of his fondest memories were of performances when he accompanied the Black folk singer, Ms. Ella Jenkins, on his bongos and congos. He loved his band, "The FRETS" and was a percussionist for this group as well.
In addition to being a member of the 83rd and LaSalle Street Block Club, Mr. McDonald remained active as a lifetime member of the American Foundation of Musicians, a member of the American Legion #829 and a lifetime member of The NAACP.
Louis McDonald was a compassionate individual. He made it a mission to help and to cheerfully give to others, whether through direct or indirect means. Consequently, there were specific charitable organizations which benefited from his concern for his fellowman.
Louis McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Edward & Mrs. Margaret McDonald, and his wife of sixty-nine years, Mrs. Ruth Baker McDonald. He leaves to cherish his legacy and memories; his family, Vanessa Clayton (devoted cousin /caretaker) and her three daughters; friends and neighbors, Mrs. Annetta Harris, Charles and Ovajean Pinckney; former co-workers and friends of the United States Main Post Office; members of the 83rd and LaSalle Block Club, and especially the Retired Postal Workers Breakfast Club, who will miss his "Words of Wisdom" followed by a "clever joke" on First Mondays of each month at Mather’s More Than A Café.
All Praises to God, for the Legacy and Life of Louis McDonald, who reached out and helped so many during his lifetime here on Earth.