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Thomas A. McDonald

July 2, 1958 October 6, 2011
Thomas A. McDonald
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Obituary for Thomas A. McDonald

Thomas Albert McDonald, "Tommy Mac", died peacefully October 6, 2011 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his family and his loyal companion, Robin. Tommy, who turned 53 this past July, was born in Detroit to Joan Baker and Thomas Joseph McDonald in 1958. He was one of five McDonald siblings (Michael, Sharon, Patrick, and Mary Jane) and step-brother to nine Pulte siblings (Bryan, Mary Jo, Nancy, Tom, Katie, Bob, Mark, Suzie, Carolyn) after his mother married William J. Pulte in 1973.

Tommy attended St. Regis Catholic grade school in Bloomfield Hills. He graduated Brother Rice High School in 1977. He earned a degree in Dealership Management from Northwood Institute in 1981. Tommy enjoyed a long and successful auto sales career managing the Used Car Department at McDonald Ford in Northville, his father's dealership, for many years. Tommy also owned and operated Huntmore Golf Course in Brighton, Michigan for several years before returning to auto sales at Star Lincoln in Southfield.

Although golf, hockey, gardening, and hunting were Tommy's passions, he was a "car man" through and through. His father, his uncle, Jim McDonald, and his grandfather "Bert" Baker, Detroit's original used car dealer, no doubt influenced Tommy's love for Ford products (especially fast ones) and his special way with a customer.

Tommy's free time was spent golfing at the Detroit Golf Club or the Mullett Lake Country Club, playing hockey, "quacker blasting", as he called it, on Walpole Island, and hunting deer at the Presque Isle Duck and Buck Club which he founded and co-owned with his brothers Bob and Tom Pulte. Although he loved to hunt, he never took joy in the kill. Tommy loved animals � Bailey, Phoebe, Sawyer and Lexi, Robin's miniature Dachshund, most of all. He was a long-time donor to the Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Animal Rescue League.

Tommy also took great pride in his beautiful gardens. His neighbors at home and at his beloved Mullett Lake cottage are familiar with the sound of his power blower, his hedge trimmer, and his constant sweeping. Other sounds all too familiar to those who knew him well. . .the bubbling engine of his 1952 Chris Craft Holiday "Joanie Marie", the scattering of gravel as his golf cart raced to the meet Harry, Bobby, Blumie and other Mullett Lakers on the first tee, the more than occasional curse word, the clinking of ice cubes in a cocktail of Jack and Coke, and the devilish snicker in his infectious laugh.

That laugh touched many people, especially his nieces and nephews who knew him as "Uncle Grumperooski." He and Grandma Mac both shared a devotion to St. Jude, and Aunts Mary Lou and Margaret never faltered in offering maternal love on behalf of his mother who died in 1991. Although we must now grieve his death, let's also celebrate Thomas Albert McDonald's passing into eternal life.
Tom is survived by his companion Robin Nicholls, siblings, Michael (Ann) McDonald, Sharon McDonald, Patrick McDonald, and Mary Jane Samberg, niece, Margaret Samberg, uncle, James (Tlanda) McDonald, and aunts, Margaret Kelly and Mary Lou Bartley. He is also survived by his siblings, Bryan Pulte, Mary Jo (Pam Dolan) Pulte, Nancy (Kevin) Rickard, Thomas (Molly) Pulte, Kathleen (Tim) Moskalik, Robert (Maryclare) Pulte, Mark (Julie) Pulte, Suzanne Pulte, and Carolyn Pulte and additional relatives and friends. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Joan Baker (William) Pulte and Thomas Joseph (Jane) McDonald.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Monday 2-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church, 4580 Adams Road, Troy, Tuesday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am.
If loved ones wish to make memorial donations, Tommy has asked that they go to: Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society, Michigan Animal Rescue League, or the Evan's Scholarship Program for Caddies.

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