Michael T. McDonald, 64, of Leland, North Carolina, formerly of Farmingville and Glendale, New York, passed away on August 11, 2018, of lung cancer related to his efforts on 9/11 at the World Trade Center and the rescue and recovery operations thereafter. Born in Brooklyn on March 2, 1954, Michael graduated from Aviation High School, Long Island City, and spent his summers working as a lifeguard in Atlantic Beach, New York, and studying to be an electrician. He was appointed on March 5, 1984, to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and served for 28 years with Engine 259, Ladder 128, Battalion 45, until his retirement on May 31, 2012.
Humorous, fun-loving, and charismatic, Michael had a tremendous heart and positive outlook on life. His smile and laughter were perpetually ready. He never held grudges or uttered a bad word about anyone. Rather, he was quick to forgive, sought to make everyone happy, was always the first to offer help to his family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances in need, never shying away from tough work or hefty responsibility. He doted upon his wife and daughter almost to a fault, but he knew making them happy made him happy. Michael enjoyed snow skiing, saltwater fishing, surfing, swimming, and going to the beach in general. He was an avid Beach Boys and classic rock fan. Michael is home with the Lord, but he will always be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Diana; daughter, Alyssa (Timothy); and granddaughters, Aurora and Ailia. He is the loving son of Anne and the late Joseph McDonald; devoted brother to sisters Joanne (Kevin), Mary Beth (Robert), the late Kathleen, Eileen (Michael), Diane (John), and Maureen (Wayne). He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.