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Catharine McDonald

Catharine Leslie "Cathy" McDonald (McDonald)

Friday, June 20th, 1975 - Sunday, April 28th, 2019
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Catharine L. McDonald, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 28, 2019, after suffering cardiac arrest. She was born June 20, 1975, at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamorgordo, NM.
Cathy was much adored by her loving partner of 17 years, Sam Richardson, and by the McDonald and Richardson families. No one had a more thoughtful and loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, or friend. Cathy graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1993 and University of Maine Farmington in 1997. She was the Advertising Manager for the Bar Harbor Times and its sister papers from 1997 until their closure in 2012. In 2004, Cathy was named Advertising Person of the Year for the State of Maine. After 2012 Cathy worked for local establishments in Bar Harbor. Cathy was active in the Bar Harbor community as a member of Rotary and a volunteer for charitable causes. She loved Bar Harbor, spending time ‘upta’ camp, and especially traveling to warmer destinations, particularly the Caribbean and Mexico (always returning with a gorgeous tan!)
In addition to Sam, Cathy is survived by her father and step-mom, Scott and Mary Mc Donald of Holden, her mother Jill McDonald of Ellsworth, and her sister Amanda and husband Ryan Curry of Bangor. She is also survived by her grandparents Henry and Mary Joy, aunts and uncles Carl McDonald, Darcy Milliard, Laurie and Steven Campbell, Nora Gardiner, Patty and Mike Danforth, and many special cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Jesse and Steven McAvoy Sr, and uncles Stephen Jr. and Fenton McAvoy. The family would like to extend their thanks to the EMTs, MDI hospital staff, Life Flight crew, and EMMC staff that fought to save her life.
A service for family only will be held on Saturday May 4th in Bangor. At a later date, a remembrance will take place in Bar Harbor. In the summer Cathy will be laid to rest in the Richardson Family Cemetery on Beech Hill. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry P.O. Box 434, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Condolences may be expressed at
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    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    133 Center Street
    BANGOR, ME 04401
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    Rev. Dr. Rex H. Garrett
  • Interment

    Richardson Family Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Beech Hill, Maine 04660
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    Summer of 2019


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Juliet Geldi

Posted at 11:57am
To Cathy's family -- we were so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. We are glad to have met her during our visits up to Maine to visit family. We wish you peace at this difficult time. From Juliet, Gavin, and Graeme Riggall - son and family of Catherine Richardson

Julie & James Lannon

Posted at 06:56am
Cathy was a beautiful soul that will be missed . I cannot adequately convey our deep sadness. Our hearts break for all who loved her .
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Posted at 08:03am
You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. So very sad to hear of your sudden loss. Sending you my Love. With my deepest sympathies,
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Cindi LaHaye

Posted at 10:12am
My heart is broken. I worked with Cathy at the Bar Harbor Times and spent many Wednesday nights riding to Rockland with her. Her smile and her personality were so infectious! The world has lost a beautiful soul. My condolences to her family. May you find peace where ever you are Cathy............... Cindi LaHaye

Jeanie Downing

Posted at 09:28am
Jill, I know there are simply no words that will ease your heartache, but please know that Bill and I will remember her always as the bright, lively and funny kid she was. She and Angela shared many happy times in those days. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength in the days ahead.

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