Antoinette J. Macdonald


SCARBOROUGH – Antoinette J. Macdonald, 89, passed away Saturday on May 6, at Pine Point Nursing Home. She had previously resided at Clover Manor in Auburn.

She was born in Barton, Vt., Dec. 6, 1916, a daughter of Aime and Yvonne (Renault) Labonte. She was educated in Vermont schools and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy.

On June 10, 1938 she married Robert L. Macdonald and they celebrated 65 years of marriage. He predeceased her on March 28, 2004.

Her hobbies included reading, needlework and crossword puzzles. She was such an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast that in the early 1960s she entered and won the New York Times Crossword Puzzle Contest. Fishing was another of her great pleasures, which she passed on to her sons and grandchildren. When she and Mac retired to Poland, they could often be found on a beautiful summer day on Taylor Pond or Lake Auburn spending the day fishing.

She and Mac spent many summers on Taylor Pond and that is where they developed many special friendships. Her husband’s career as a store manger for W.T. Grant required them to move frequently throughout New England, but it was the friendships that they acquired during their summers spent on Taylor Pond that upon their retirement they chose to come to Maine to retire.

She is survived by two sons, Peter Macdonald and his wife, Helen, of Scarborough, James Macdonald and his wife, Janice, of Claremont, N.H.; a grandson, Michael of Scarborough; a granddaughter, Heather Macdonald of Branford, Conn.; a grandson, Brian Macdonald and his wife, Leigh, of Pinecrest, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Jacob Macdonald of Pinecrest, Fla.; her sister, Cecile Lessieur of Holyoke, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four sisters, Alice Little, Yvette Harris, Jean Weymouth and Ailene Goodhue; and two brothers, Urbain and Del Labonte.