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James R. McDonald

December 9, 1940 ~ November 15, 2022 (age 81)


James R McDonald 81, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday November 15th, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, of complications from heart disease.  Born in Greensburg, on December 9, 1940 to the late David John and Margaret Loughner McDonald.  James graduated from Greensburg High School in 1958 and entered the United States Air Force serving at various posts including Turkey and the Pentagon.  Following the Air Force he attended St. Vincent College and went on to obtain a Law Degree from Duquesne University.  James practiced in Westmoreland County as an attorney and real estate title abstractor until retiring.  James was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan and reveled in classic western movies and political discourse.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Nora Black McClelland since 1987 and is survived by his son Sean McDonald of Washington, DC, stepchildren Tim McClelland of Winchester, VA, Jeff McClelland of New Alexandria, Jack McClelland of Culpepper, VA, Andrew McClelland of Evans, GA, daughter in law Dina Bridge of Madison, VA, first wife Ruth McDonald of Greensburg, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a brother Frank McDonald. James was preceded in death by brothers David McDonald and Pat McDonald and sister Jean McDonald Glasstetter.
Visitation will be Sunday November 20th at McCabe Funeral Home 144 E Main St. Ligonier, from 2-4pm.  A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday at 11am at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church 342 West Main St. Ligonier, with Father Anthony J. Carbone as celebrant. Interment will be private. 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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