MIDDLEBURY — Vincent McDonald, 78, of Middlebury, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Waterbury Hospital.
Vince was born on July 6, 1943, in Waterbury, son of the late Francis and Margaret (Kelly) McDonald and the youngest of eight children. He graduated from McTernan Grammar School and Crosby High School, Class 1961.
During high school, he met the love of his life, the late Barbara Ann (Brucato) McDonald. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fairfield University in 1966 and shortly thereafter, served two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Berchtesgaden, Germany, where he and Barbara were married in 1967.
Vince started his career with IBM in 1968 and quickly discovered that he was a natural salesman. He threw caution to the wind and struck out on his own in 1985, starting New England Systems, Inc., where he served as CEO, and more recently as chairman, until his passing.
Vince’s real gift was his infectious enthusiasm for life and his ability to make personal connections with friends and family, or even the check-out person at Costco. Vince loved to grab a moment with both hands and then make everyone a part of it, often times with an unexpected act of kindness or an entertaining, perhaps slightly inappropriate, story. With his sense of humor and open heart, he truly brought the life to the party.
Vince was one of a kind and will never be forgotten, but forever remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. He is survived by his sons, Thomas A. McDonald and his wife, Julie, of Middlebury, and Todd V. McDonald and his wife, Lisa, of Larchmont, N.Y.; his daughter, Tracey Zdziarski and her husband, Andrew, of Southfield, Mass.; his beloved eight grandchildren, Annie, Kate and Will McDonald; Mac and Ben Zdziarski; Anna Sofia, Nicholas and Charlie McDonald; his brother, John McDonald of Middlebury, and his sister, Julie McDonald of Arlington, Mass.
He was predeceased by his brothers Francis, Thomas, Daniel, James and Paul McDonald.
A celebration of life will take place at noon Saturday, October 16, at the Lake Quassapaug Outing Club (aka McDonald’s Beach), 2328 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, where the family welcomes all to share stories and share laughs about Vince’s life.
Brookside Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 200 Benson Rd., Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Village Endowment Fund, to support a community and a place that was very special to both Vincent and Barbara. Dinations may be mailed c/o Outer Banks Community Foundation, 13 Skyline Rd., Southern Shores, N.C., 27949, or donate online at www.obcf.org/donate-now (select “Hatteras Village Endowment Fund” from the “Other funds” drop down menu).
For more info or to send an on-line condolence and share stories, visit www.brooksidememorial.com.