Leonard W. McDonald Sr. passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on November 19, 2017 at the age of 88.
He was born in Warren County, Virginia on April 16, 1929. He was the son of Howard Leonard McDonald and Emma McDonald Hough.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, to whom he was married for 54 years, his son, John W. McDonald, and his daughter, Gayle McDonald. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Kenneth McDonald, and Alec McDonald. He was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his son, Leonard McDonald Jr. (Connie) of Leesburg, and his daughter, Nancy Maddox (Alfred) also of Leesburg. Survivors also include his sisters, Mary Seale (Haywood) of Berryville, and Alice Baker (Bobby) of Winchester. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for 35 years, and received several awards for his service and dedication. During his time at VDOT, he was an extremely hard worker. After retirement, he started a small lawn and landscaping business. His love and passion for gardening was apparent at his home, as well as in the lawns and gardens of the many people who hired him.
After relocating to Alfred and Nancy’s home, he acquired a faithful companion in the family dog, Holly. He loved talking to her, giving her treats, and napping together. He loved vacationing with his family at the beach, where he collected seashells for his grandchildren. He loved to take walks in his neighborhood, talking to his many neighbors and friends. He was always available to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was very patriotic, devoted to his faith and family, and was very proud to be a “man of his word.” He is loved and will be forever missed by his family.
Visitation will be at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg on Monday, November 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral service will be on Tuesday, November 28th at 1:00 pm also at Colonial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his church, Loudoun Baptist Temple, or donating to Loudoun Hunger Relief. www.colonialfuneralhome.com