Charles Arthur MacDonald, Sr.

  • Born: February 4, 1936
  • Died: March 25, 2018
  • Location: Mahopac, New York

Joseph J Smith Funeral Home Inc

692 US 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

Tel. (845) 621-1992

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Arthur MacDonald, Sr., business owner and lifetime resident of Mahopac, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 25, 2018 at the age of 82. He was born at Peekskill Hospital in Peekskill, NY on February 4, 1936, the first child of Dorothy Mae Townsend MacDonald and Charles Alexander MacDonald.

"Art" is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Anita, his three children: Merri of Carmel, NY, Charles Jr. (Patricia) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Kenneth (Jacqui) of Hopewell Junction, NY; his five grandchildren: Charlie, Shelbi, Kendall, Quinn and Caden and five great-grandchildren: Carissa, Charley, Maverick, Olivia and Violet. His brother Ian Bruce MacDonald predeceased him in 2007.

"Artie" was the retired Owner/Operator of MacDonald Marine on Lake Mahopac. He grew up at the family home on School St across from the 1-room schoolhouse and firehouse in Mahopac Falls, graduated Mahopac High School in 1954 and began his boat career at Erickson's Boat Livery on Lake Mahopac during summer breaks in the early 50's. Art graduated from Long Island University with an AS in Electrical Engineering and completed his BS at Colorado State University in Ft Collins, CO in 1961. He returned to Mahopac and after short stints with GE in Syracuse and Prudential Insurance, he opened Power Repairs small motor repair shop in the center of town. In 1967 he purchased Erickson's Boat Livery from Waldo Erickson's family and established MacDonald Marine. In addition to the marina and repair shop properties, Art also invested in other Mahopac real estate on Union Valley Road and developed the White Sail condominiums on South Lake Blvd in 1985. He assumed ownership of Colasacco's on Rte 6, now The Carriage House, from his brother Bruce in 1994. Colasacco's is where he met his wife Anita Louise Meszaros, in the fall of 1958 and it became their regular hang out. He would pick her up in his red and white 1956 Ford Victoria and go dancing, to the movies or socializing. They married on September 12, 1959 at Red Mills Baptist Church and in 1964 Art built their home in the woods of Cherry Hill Rd next door to Anita's family home.

Art played football, basketball and baseball in school but all who knew him, knew his true passion was for Golf. His father and uncles immigrated from Golspie, Scotland, in the early 1920's and each found work as local Golf Pros. His mother 'Dot' and Dad 'Charlie' met while working at the Dean House Hotel on Lake Mahopac as a waitress and Golf Pro, respectively, and married in 1934. His Uncles Jock and Ken were Pros at Mahopac Golf Club. Art played local clubs regularly and in 1987, after the completion of the White Sail project, he became a member of the Mahopac Golf Club, where he played Golf every evening after the marina closing at 6pm, often finishing his round after dark. When the club closed for the season, he and Anita would head to their winter home Jupiter, FL and return in the spring for the MGC season opening. He was a 2-time Club Champion at Indian Creek Golf Club in Jupiter, FL, but the MGC Championship eluded him, many years finishing in the 2nd spot. He was a member of the Senior Golf Association, and was frequently sought-after for member-guest tournaments, in which he played all across Westchester on some of the finest courses in the world (Tamarack, St. Andrews, Winged Foot, Westchester, etc.). During a trip to California, he played rounds at Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines, using Anita's clubs – in fear of the airline losing his clubs during transit. Putting was his nemesis. He could be found club in hand putting into a tin cup on the carpet during the day in his office at the marina and evenings at home.

Visiting will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 4-8 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:30 am at the funeral home with interment to follow at Ballard-Barrett Cemetery, Mahopac Falls.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Art was a good man

Posted by Jim Whitman - friend   April 12, 2018

I am sorry for Art's passing. I was in Bruce's class. In those days we all knew each other. Art played the drums in the school band. One year the Falls
Fire Department hired the Mahopac High School band to play in all the parades. Edna Lockwood and I were taken off the for the clarinet for the parades and put in the back on cymbals. This meant we were with the boys on drums. It was fun.

I will be thinking of you at this time and keeping you in my prayers.

Most sincerely, Barbara Bosch

Posted by Barbara Lacina Bosch - Mahopac, NY - Friend   April 06, 2018

Judy and I were very sad to hear of Artie's passing. Please extend our condolences to the family.

Posted by Dr Max Levy - Mahopac, NY - Friend   April 04, 2018

I worked at Waldo's for two summers my best days where when Waldo said go give Art a hand in the back room. Educational and enjoyable. I considered Art a friend. I remember the 56 Ford it used to park in front of Waldos and when ever I saw it a Calasacco's I would stop in and have a beer with Art. Just one great guy and a loss for Mahopac and his family. Anita was a wonderful wife Art would tell me I can play golf all I want in Florida just have to spend time at The Flea Markets . I look back on those times as great memories and working with Art was a learning experience. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Ed Cheslack - Suntree, FL - Coworker   April 04, 2018


Rest in Peace Artie. Enjoyed many rounds of golf with you.

Posted by klaus zimmermann - Mahopac, NY   April 04, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to the family

Posted by Mary Peterson - Carmel, NY - Family Friend   April 02, 2018