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James ‘Jamie’ Donald, Major, USAF (Retired)August 15, 1962 – November 11, 2016
Maj. (Ret.) James ‘Jamie’ Donald of West Grove, PA Maj. (Ret.). James “Jamie” Donald, age 54, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, while hiking in French Creek State Park, PA.
He was the son of the late Edward Donald and Mary Coe.
He is survived by his wife, Kari T. Donald, and his children: son Bryan J. Donald and wife Christianna of Corpus Christi, TX, son Paul J. Donald and wife Samantha of Middletown, RI; daughter Renae Gigon and husband Michael of Mont Clare, PA, and daughter Andreah L. Donald and her son Charles. Other family members include M. Kathleen Donald, Sara Schuster, Patricia Parrelly, Heather Hammitte, Thomas Donald, Michael Donald, and Todd Coe.
Jamie served our country courageously as a pilot in the United States Air Force for twenty-three years. He is a veteran of the First Gulf War, Operation Provide Comfort, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following retirement from the Air Force he became an engineer at the Boeing Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.
He was an active member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove, PA, and was a Diaconate Candidate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where he studied at the St. Charles Boromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. Jamie shared in God’s creation through woodworking, making cheese, computer programming, and faith formation. A charitable and giving man, he always opened his heart and the doors of his home to anyone in need, asking only that after receiving his help that they move on to help – others. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
You are invited to visit with his family and friends for a viewing from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA. His funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.
In memory of Jamie, a contribution may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com
Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA.
Published in The Daily Local on Nov. 15, 2016
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November 15, 2016I share my thoughts and prayers with Jamie’s many friends. I’ve known Jamie for well over a decade and he has been a true patriot. Jamie loved his country, was passionate about his work and always contributed his many talents to making the CV-22 a better aircraft. As a veteran, we are all thankful for his honorable service to his country, and for the wonderful example he set for coworkers, friends, and associates. Today, we mourn his loss, but we know that his legacy will not be forgotten. God Speed~Jamie! Bob Pincince, Fort Walton Beach, FL
November 14, 2016Jamie was one of “the good guys” when we were cadets. He was a strong support to me during our freshman and sophomore years. For that, I’ll be forever grateful. Peace to his family…~Karen Castillo, Biloxi, MS
November 14, 2016Jamie’s Permanent Diaconate Classmates and Wives. Rest in Peace Brother ~~Jamie
November 14, 2016May the sweet soul of Jamie rest in peace and Kari and his loving family be comforted in the knowledge that they had a great husband and father. Jamie was a fine and good man who will be sorely missed by his Permanent Diaconate Classmates.~Jim White James White, Wynnewood,