Bernard M. McDonald, 88, Lisbon


LISBON – Bernard M. McDonald, 88, a longtime resident of Lisbon unexpectedly passed away Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2024, at his home in Potsdam.

Bernard was born May 28, 1936, in Ogdensburg, the son of the late Medward E. and Harriet A. (Spooner) McDonald.

He grew up in Lisbon, where he attended local schools. On June 22, 1954, he entered the US Coast Guard, serving his country for 3 years until his honorable discharge on April 21, 1958.

On November 21, 1957, he married Corlyn R. Hubbard at Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg.

Bernard was a highway equipment instructor for the New York State Department of Transportation for 28 years until his retirement.

While living in Lisbon, he was communicant of St. Philip and James Catholic Church in Lisbon and the Knights of Columbus in Lisbon.

Following his retirement, he and his wife lived and enjoyed their time in Apache Junction, Arizona, where was a member of the American Legion.

In his younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cutting wood, and cherished the time with his family.

Bernard is survived by his loving wife, Corlyn; his three sons, Theodore “Ted” McDonald (Karen Kitchen), Gerald McDonald (Tammy Gormley), and Richard P. McDonald (Jennifer Phillips), all of Parishville; his grandchildren, Kasey Backus, Jacob, Brian, Andrew, and Sarah McDonald; 13 great grandchildren; his brother, Wayne McDonald of Madrid; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer McDonald in 2023.

Services will be held privately with inurnment in Oswegatchie Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions to be made in his memory to Potsdam Rescue Squad or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam, where friends may share memories and offer condolences online at www.donaldsonseymour.com.