Garland E. McDonald, 80, electrician, WWII veteran

September 04, 2004

Garland E. McDonald, a retired electrician and World War II paratrooper, died from complications of a stroke Tuesday at Semper Care Hospital in Orlando, Fla. The former longtime Catonsville resident was 80.

Mr. McDonald was born in Mount Jackson, Va., and raised in Baltimore. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army, where he attained the rank of corporal.

He served in the European Theater, and his decorations included the Good Conduct Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. McDonald was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and worked out of IBEW Local 24 in Baltimore from 1945 until retiring in 1985.

A resident of Deltona Lakes, Fla., since 1989, Mr. McDonald enjoyed carefully restoring antique automobiles. His collection included a 1931 maroon Chevrolet coupe and a 1969 Ford LTD.

"He used to drive the Chevy in parades and our two daughters rode in the rumble seat," said his wife of 56 years, the former Hazel Coghill.

Mr. McDonald had been an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

Services were held Thursday in Deltona.

Survivors in addition to his wife include two daughters, Kathleen S. Miller of Palm Coast, Fla., and Dawn P. Ritter of Deltona, Fla.; a brother, Dr. Edward McDonald of Apple Valley, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

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