Obituary of Douglas Cameron MacDonald

Douglas MacDonald

Douglas Cameron Macdonald, age 83, longtime resident of Sheffield, passed away on May 29th at Melbourne Place in Pittsfield with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Sherry (Woolson) Macdonald and his daughter Cameron Macdonald and son-in-law Robert Beattie.  He is preceded in death by beloved son-in-law Gregory Williams.

Doug grew up in a small apartment in East Orange, NJ with his widowed mother and his “Othermother,” Louise Jones.  A brilliant student, he received a full scholarship to Princeton University.  He went on to become an educator, earning a master’s degree in English at Rutgers and a doctorate in Education from Temple University.  He shared his love of literature as an English teacher and served as Headmaster at several independent schools including Oak Lane Day School, Germantown Friends School, North Shore Country Day School, and Hammonasset School.

In the 1980s he transitioned to his second career and true calling, receiving his MSW at Smith College and becoming a psychotherapist.  He worked at Main Street Human Resources in Great Barrington and had a private practice in Sheffield.  He was deeply committed to the well-being of all his patients and maintained his practice up to the year before his death.

Doug adored nature.  He hiked and camped with his daughter and with his students in the Smoky Mountains, the Green and White Mountains and up and down the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails.  But his favorite slice of woodland was the 96 acres that was his home with Sherry, her pollinator gardens and a family of five bears.  Over the course of their marriage they shared their love with thirteen dogs, five cats, and too many songbirds to name.

Above all, he loved his wife.  Doug and Sherry met when they were four and three years old, respectively, when he and a friend rode their tricycles one block to her house and tied Sherry and her friend to a playhouse.  After that auspicious beginning, they were high school sweethearts, married during his senior year at Princeton and shared sixty-two years of life’s ups and downs.  He will always be with her in spirit.

Special thanks to the staff at the Memory Care unit at Melbourne Place for making it possible for Doug’s family during the pandemic.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic memorial service will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be made through Birches-Roy Funeral Home in Great Barrington at birchesroyfuneralservices.com. Any of Douglas’ friends who wish to be notified of his memorial service can leave your email address in the condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Berkshire Humane Society or the Sheffield Land Trust.

 

9 Responses to Obituary of Douglas Cameron MacDonald

  1. Dear Cam and Rob,
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I owe my choice of grad school at smith, my career as a therapist, and my house full of dog fur and love to your dad and his incredible healing support, mentoring, and guidance.
    My husband and I would love to attend any services that should come in the future.
    Sending you my very best during this time. What a gift he was to me and to so many many people in this community.
    Tess

  2. It’s very sad to hear of the passing of our friend Doug he was there for our family during difficult times we were so happy to have him to talk to he will be dearly missed. Can we please be notified when his memorial service takes place. Kevin and Dawn Naylor

  3. Dear Cameron, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I think of you often and remember what he meant to you, and hope you can find peace in this time. All the best to you friend, Ruth Green

  4. Dear Sherry and Cameron,
    I am so deeply sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. I got to know him as a parishioner at Christ Trinity Church and, in the last few years, I enjoyed seeing him at Big Y or the library. He was such a kind, sweet man, and I valued knowing him.

  5. Sherry and Family, Doug for many years was an important person in our lives, including obtaining a one-day certificate so that he could officiate the marriage of my daughter, Robin and her husband Will! Please keep us posted of any future memorial to be held. What a great human being!

  6. Sherry and Family, This truly is a great loss to you and to those of us who were lucky enough to know Doug. My condolences and my abiding love.

  7. Dear Sherry and Cameron,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. For 45 years, I have been grateful Doug’s help and influence on my life. Please do inform me about a memorial service.

  8. DEAR SHERRY , I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF DOUGS PASSING. I HAVE MISSEDYOU GUYS IN THE SALON. I WAS NOT AWARE THAT HE WAS ILL. MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND CAM. I HAVE SO MANY MEOMORIES OF OUR TIMES TOGETHER AND YOUR STORIES . GOD BLESS ( YOUR CARING HAIRSTYLIST)

  9. Dearest Sherry and Cam,

    I’m so sad to hear of Doug’s passing. He had such a profound impact on my life for many years that I gave my youngest daughter his middle name. Please let me know about a memorial service. Sending you both lots of love.

    Courtney Lane

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