Alastair H. MacDonald

alastairAlastair H. MacDonald, age 87, passed away in San Francisco on October 31, 2017. He was born in New York in 1930, a son of Raymond and Ambia MacDonald

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Sarah MacDonald, sister Harris Putnam of Scarborough, ME. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane Wilson MacDonald; and infant daughter Nancy. He attended Vermont Academy High School, and St. Lawrence University

Alastair served in the Army at Ft. Dix, NJ for 4 years after college then enrolled in technical school for television. He started out in Easton, PA but spend the rest of his career at WTIC/WFSB TV in Harford, CT as a cameraman. He started in the studio and moved to the newsroom which allowed him to travel all over CT and New England.

In 1960, he met Jane Wilson. The two married in 1962 and moved to West Hartford. Daughter Sarah was born in 1967, followed by Nancy in 1968. He attended the United Church of Christ in West Hartford, serving as a deacon and Trustee. In 1991, he retired from WFSB after 34 years. In 1995 they moved to Santa Rosa, joining the Church of Christ there. Jane passed away in 1997, and Mac asked Jan Larsen, a fellow church member and musician, to play the piano at Jane's memorial service. They began courting and were married a year later. They enjoyed 19 years of marriage together, traveling on tours and cruises to Alaska, St. Lawrence Seaway and the Eastern Seaboard. They took part in a local movie as well. Mac later transferred to The Community Church in Sebastopol, where he helped with AV. Mac and Jan lived at Spring Lake for 10 years. He loved living here with Jan who has consistently been a very dedicated, supportive and loving wife.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Rose Hills Funeral Home, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill, CT. The family would like to thank the staff at Spring Lake Village and Heidi McLaughlin at Sutter Hospice of Santa Rosa, CA for their dedicated care the last year of Mac's life.