Paul A. MacDonald

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Judge Paul A.
    MacDonald
    WOOLWICH - Retired Maine District Court Judge Paul A. MacDonald of Woolwich passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2006, at his home on Montsweag Road in Woolwich at the age of 94.
     He was born in Jefferson, May 5, 1911, the eldest son of John Marshall MacDonald and Kate MacMillan MacDonald.
     He graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Class of 1932.
     During those years, MacDonald drove a 1924 Model-T Ford 15 miles each way every day to attend school.
     In 1937, he graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass.
     Upon moving to his native state of Maine in 1941, MacDonald practiced law; was elected clerk of the Committee of Legal Affairs of the Maine Legislature; and, in 1944 was appointed deputy secretary of state. He served in that position until 1960, when MacDonald was elected secretary of state.
     A lifelong Republican, MacDonald was regarded by members of both his party and Democrats for his fair and impartial rulings on election law. One of the principal functions of the secretary of state's office then - and now - is supervising and running Maine's primary and general elections.
     Following the defeat of many Republicans, up and down the election ballot of November 1964, GOP Governor John H. Reed appointed his lame-duck secretary of state as the first judge of the newly-created 6th District Court. MacDonald served two seven-year terms as resident judge, retired in 1978, and then completed 14 more years as an active retired judge.
     He is survived by a daughter, Faith Clark (Rome, NY); a son, Maj. Glenn B. MacDonald, USAR Ret. (Chandler, Ariz.); stepdaughter, Lydia Grant (Baton Rouge, La.); stepson, Thomas Gillette (Houston, Texas); a brother, John Robert MacDonald, Augusta; sister, Ruth Small, Farmingdale ; three grandchildren, Kimberly Pruitt (Rome, NY); Wesley Clark (Rome, NY); Theodore Clark Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.); as well as five great-grandchildren; also many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat - grandchildren.
     He was predeceased is his wife Lydia (Baxter) MacDonald; first wife, Marian MacDonald (Graffam) and daughter, Joyce Reed.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, 170 Pleasant Street, Rockland ME 04841
     Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 4, at David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.
     At Judge MacDonald's request, funeral services will be private. Judge MacDonald will be cremated and the ashes scattered upon his garden in Woolwich, of which he was very proud.
     Arrangements are by David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High Street, Bath.
    Judge Paul A.
    MacDonald

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 28, 2006
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