Lieutenant Colonel Kirk E. MacDonald died peacefully surrounded by his family on June 12, 2021. Kirk was born in Quincy, MA on February 19, 1971. He is survived by his 3 children, Chamberlain, Faith and Hope MacDonald and former spouse Charity MacDonald, Kirk’s parents Edward and Shirley MacDonald of Marshfield, Kirk's Brother Jeffrey MacDonald of Ridgefield CT, and his wife Katie, nephew Taylor MacDonald and niece Kylie MacDonald. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald and Martha Robinson and his Aunt (Tu-Tu) Susan Robinson and Grandmother Mary (Betty) MacDonald.
Kirk graduated from Cushing Academy followed by attending Oswego State University. Kirk graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Norwich University in 1995/2014 respectively.
Kirk was commissioned into the US Army in July 1993. He became 2LT in 1995. During his military career Kirk served as an Infantry Officer, G6 SIGO for the 101st Airborne Division, Company Commander for Alpha Company and HHC Company Commander both of the 86th Signal Battalion of Ft. Huachuca, AZ. He returned to 101st Airborne Division to serve as XO/S3, and Division Radio Officer during OEF. LTC MacDonald served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 2001-2002 and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 2008-2009. He was a true American who loved the opportunity to serve his country.
Upon retirement, Kirk began renewing his love of hockey by coaching teens of the NE Stars on and off the ice. Coach Kirk taught the players not only hockey skills but also life skills and how to be true to themselves. He loved to win, but also taught them there is more to a game than the score.
Kirk had a passion for car repair and never backed down from a challenge. His driveway was the “busted knuckle garage” and all were welcome.
MacDONALD – Kirk Edward, of Groton. June 12, 2021. Retired Lieutenant Colonel - US Army. Visiting hours will be held in the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St. (Rte. 113) Pepperell, MA on Saturday, June 26 from 3 - 6 PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 201 Granite St., Quincy, MA on Thursday, July 1 at 10 AM. Committal services with full US Army Military Honors will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Home Base, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114 (www.homebase.org) or to Angel Flight NE, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton Street, North Andover, MA 01845 (www.afnedonationpage.weebly.com). Please see www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com
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