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Maj. (Ret.) James “Jamie” Donald

August 15, 1962 - November 11, 2016 West Grove, PA | Age 54 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Maj. (Ret.) James “Jamie” Donald, age 54, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, while hiking in French Creek State Park, PA.
He was the son of the late Edward Donald and Mary Coe.
He is survived by his wife, Kari T. Donald, and his children: son Bryan J. Donald and wife Christianna of Corpus Christi, TX, son Paul J. Donald and wife Samantha of Middletown, RI; daughter Renae Gigon and husband Michael of Mont Clare, PA, and daughter Andreah L. Donald and her son Charles. Other family members include M. Kathleen Donald, Sara Schuster, Patricia Parrelly, Heather Hammitte, Thomas Donald, Michael Donald, and Todd Coe.
Jamie served our country courageously as a pilot in the United States Air Force for twenty-three years. He is a veteran of the First Gulf War, Operation Provide Comfort, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following retirement from the Air Force he became an engineer at the Boeing Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.
He was an active member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove, PA, and was a Diaconate Candidate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where he studied at the St. Charles Boromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA.
Jamie shared in God’s creation through woodworking, making cheese, computer programming, and faith formation. A charitable and giving man, he always opened his heart and the doors of his home to anyone in need, asking only that after receiving his help that they move on to help others. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
You are invited to visit with his family and friends for a viewing from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA. His funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at 1:00 Wednesday afternoon, November 23, 2016 in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.
In memory of Jamie, a contribution may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com
Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA


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Services

Viewing

November 16, 2016 10:00-12:30 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
300 State Road
West Grove, PA

Funeral Mass

November 16, 2016 1:00 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
300 State Road
West Grove, PA

Burial

November 23, 2016 1:00pm Great Lakes National Cemetery
Holly, MI

Guestbook

  1. Dear Kari and Family, My husband Mike, a fellow diaconate candidate at St. Charles Seminary, and I send our love and prayers to all of you. We are truly sorry for your loss. May our Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around all of you both now and in the future.
    God bless, Donna & Mike Cushing

    Donna & Mike Cushing | December 6, 2016 at 4:19 PM
  2. Kari and family: Lori and I are personally saddened to hear of Jamie’s passing. I enjoyed the opportunity of flying with Jamie many times. His intensity for keeping things in order was matched only by his personal kindness to everyone he worked with. While we are sad for our personal loss, we are encouraged that his relationship with his maker will allow us all to reunite again another day. Thank you for sharing Jamie with all of us. God’s comfort to each of you.

    Bob Brock | November 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM
  3. Dear Kari and Family, Paula and I are so very sorry to hear that Jamie passed away. We will always cherish the many memories we have with him and your family – from Alabama and England to New Mexico, and from attending church together to having fun family gatherings. The Good Lord brought Jamie home on Veterans Day – a fitting tribute to such an honorable man who served in so many ways – as a faithful husband, father, aviator, friend. He will be missed. We will keep you and Jamie in our prayers. Eternal rest grant unto Jamie, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. And may the soul of Jamie, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Jim and Paula Simon | November 18, 2016 at 9:52 AM
  4. Dear Kari and family. I was stunned when I heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of flying with Jamie at Woodbridge and deployed with him in Desert Storm. Later, I worked with Jamie when he was at AFSOC headquarters in Hurlburt. I live in southeast Michigan and want to honor Jamie by attending his funeral at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Please let me know when you have confirmed the date.

    Dave Livelsberger | November 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM
  5. Dear Kari and family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Words cannot express the sadness I hold in my heart for you all. Jamie was an outstanding man, and will be missed. His spirit lives on through each of you.
    With love and prayers.
    Onalie

    Onalie Arts | November 16, 2016 at 10:45 AM
  6. Our thoughts and prayers to the Donalds for your untimely loss. Jamie was an old friend friend and classmate who will be greatly missed.

    Chris McCormack | November 16, 2016 at 7:26 AM
  7. I am so sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. I’ll always remember his kind and friendly demeanor whenever I saw him at ABVM. What a good man. He was always so proud when he spoke if his children. He will be missed. I pray God bless each of you during this difficult time and may Jesus’ promise of eternal life bring you peace. God bless you, Christina Medved

    Christina Medved | November 15, 2016 at 10:31 PM
  8. Lisa and my thoughts and prayers go out to Kari and the entire Donald family. We served with Jamie in England and remember him fondly. Jamie was unique in the PaveLow community distinguishing himself with resolute determination, absolute confidence and uncommon intensity. The world is richer, as are we all, from his too short journey. He will be missed.

    J.D. and Lisa Clem | November 15, 2016 at 9:31 PM
  9. Dear Kari and family, words alone cannot express the sadness Maryann and I feel for your loss. Such a tragedy. I was honestly shocked Monday morning when I heard. Jamie was one of those larger-than-life people we meet in this world so rarely. He did everything so well. He truly lived a great life. He served the Lord, he served his family and he served his country so honorably. I will truly miss our lunchtime discussions on God, our families and our country. I am so glad we went into that coin venture. Again, it was his idea and design which caught my eye. I know he handed out most of his and many more than I did. If you would like more, don’t hesitate to let me know. I was watching closely as you and he worked so hard in the Deaconate program. You and I are the 2 people who he says convinced him to join the program. A bright light in this world has been extinguished but you must believe he has been at the foot of the Father for a few days already. Dennis and Maryann Mohan and sons (Fr. Kevin, Colin and Kyle)

    Dennis Mohan | November 15, 2016 at 6:20 PM
  10. Cheri and I were stunned when we heard the news. We are sad but certain Jamie is with Our Father in heaven. Jamie was an example for all fathers and husbands. We have fond memories of our times with you and your family in Woodbridge. May God continue to comfort and watch over you.

    Brendan and Cheri Clare | November 15, 2016 at 5:21 PM
  11. For you me dear cousin. With love KelleyAnn

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air…
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark or even eagle flew —
    And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    John Gillespie Magee, Jr

    Kelley Pincombe | November 15, 2016 at 2:04 PM
  12. Please accept my sincerest condolences to Kari and the Donald family. Jamie was one of the first pilots I flew with at Luke AFB and I had the honor of working with him in the Pave Low community and at AFSOC. Truly one of the kindest and brilliant men that I have worked with. So sorry to hear the news. May you find peace and God’s blessing.

    Mike Hulin | November 15, 2016 at 11:55 AM
  13. As we start each day none of us know what will happen or how the day will turn out. I am sure this was true for Jamie and his family and friends on Nov. 11, 2016. For heavenly reasons beyond the capability of our human minds to understand, God’s plan was to take this great man home that day. The saying “earth’s loss is heaven’s gain” has never been more true than with Jamie Donald and it was a privilege to know him for the short time that I did.

    Bruce Whiteman, Boeing Co-worker | November 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM
  14. So sorry for your loss. Jamie certainly honored God and his country by the life he lived. May God grant you peace through this difficult time.
    -Peggy Huffman (high school friend)

    Peggy | November 15, 2016 at 9:03 AM
  15. Mrs, Donald, daughters and sons of Jamie. I have known Jamie since he joined Boeing and it was always a pleasure to speak and work with him. What struck me especially was his wonderful sense of humor and in difficult times this helps a lot. I know you must have wonderful memories of him and I can not imagine the loss you are experiencing. My prayers are with you, Mary Ann Skehan

    Mary Ann Skehan | November 15, 2016 at 8:35 AM
  16. Kari, I knew your husband as one of the first Army guys who came across into Paves. He was one of my instructors as well as a fellow pilot. I will always remember his kind demeanor even when things were not going so well. May God comfort you and your loved ones during this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Lt Col Dan “Pink” Pinkava

    Daniel L. Pinkava | November 15, 2016 at 8:23 AM
  17. To Kari and the entire family and friends of Jamie Donald:

    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

    I was fortunate to work with and be friends with Jamie Donald for several years at Boeing. Whenever I saw Jamie, we’d stop and talk. While he was proud of his work and career and service to Uncle Sam, I also could see that his family and faith were #1 to him.

    May the warm memories of Jamie comfort you now and forever, and know that he will always be remembered by his friends at Boeing. Also know that he was/is a true inspiration to me, for his service to his country, his dedication to his family & friends, and his faith in God. God Bless Jamie.

    John-Paul Grillet | November 15, 2016 at 8:14 AM
  18. My heart goes out to the Donald family. I am a friend who grew up with Jamie in Westacres. Gentle and kind. Crafty and smart. A participant in neighborhood events. This is what I remember. I also recall quite vividly one day this very slight, Not-naturally gifted athlete of a 6th grader became the star while playing touch football at recess. It had snowed and the field was quite slippery. For the first time ever Jamie was picked first by one of the captains. We huddled up and Hal turned to Jamie. “You have the advantage. You won’t slide like the others.” Well, Jamie was the star player that day. He rose to the occasion and danced around defenders like I’d never seen before, scoring multiple touchdowns. He surprised everyone but Hal that day and most importantly taught me to not shy away from opportunity. From the many memories shared already I can see he lived his life with a quiet confidence and wonderful values. Peace to you all.

    Scott Boone | November 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM
  19. Sorry to hear of his passing. Knew Jamie from our time in Pavelow where he always demonstrated the highest caliber of leadership. May your Faith give you comfort as he will be missed

    Glenn Fleming | November 15, 2016 at 5:24 AM
  20. RIP Jamie. Kari, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. Jamie was a warrior and fellow service member who will be missed by many. Take comfort in knowing Jamie’s final flight is with our Heavenly Father to his Kingdom. God bless you and your family.

    Rodney W. Lammert | November 14, 2016 at 10:51 PM
  21. Jamie, you were always among the favorites of my cousins. How i wish i could be there to give the others a shoulder to lean on. I will miss you, but i will have the memories we made growing up together and me babysitting you when we were old. Go rest well soldier, i am sure God has a few more missions for you.

    Cheryl Kawata | November 14, 2016 at 10:13 PM
  22. Because Bryan is our Son-in-law, we consider ourselves family and were shocked and heartbroken by the news. May the God of all comfort give you peace, carry you when you can’t take one more step, breath for you when you can’t breath, and rock you in His arms when you can’t sleep. Love you! Hugs and prayers!
    Fred and Debbie

    Fred and Debbie Canales | November 14, 2016 at 9:28 PM
  23. Jamie was always upbeat and willing to serve. I flew with him many times and I knew he loved his family, was devoted to his faith in God, and truly enjoyed life with his fellow warriors. He will be missed. May God bless you all.

    Mike Kingsley | November 14, 2016 at 8:43 PM
  24. Kari and family: Kim and I just learned of Jamie’s passing and are very sorry for your loss. While we were hard crewed together for Desert Storm I came to appreciate the pilot Jamie was and his rock steady, professional attitude. I could not have asked for anyone better to fly with in a combat situation or as a squadron mate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless!

    Dennis and Kim Jones | November 14, 2016 at 7:58 PM
  25. My sincere condolences. Jamie was a true friend and a great defender of the faith. I will miss our internet chats and his apologetical writings. I will always keep Jamie and your family in my prayers.

    Paul Hoffer | November 14, 2016 at 7:18 PM
  26. Kari and family, I learned of Jamie’s passing last night. Incredibly sad and unexpected news. Jamie and I went to high school together, participated in school activities together, went to the AF Academy together, went to flight school together, and were even stationed together at Kirtland AFB … 40 years in all … and, yet, not enough. It’s true, Jamie was kind, generous, honorable, and devoted … but most of all he was my friend, a true friend. God bless.

    Ken Arteaga | November 14, 2016 at 5:43 PM
  27. Kari and family, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Jamie’s passing. We flew together in many locations over the years. I always have been impressed with his love for God, family, and country, in that order. We shared many experiences and prayed together on more than one occasion. He was a shining light of faith for us all. I for one will miss him, however he is now with The Lord.

    Bill Campbell | November 14, 2016 at 4:47 PM
  28. Donna and I are saddened by the news of Jamie’s sudden passing. We served together at RAF Woodbridge then again at Kirtland AFB. Jamie was strong in spirit, resolute in service to the Nation and unwavering in his love for his family. Kari, please take solace in knowing you and Jamie touched many lives; we are all better for knowing you and Jamie. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. God bless the Donald family!

    Bill Bassett | November 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM
  29. I’m sorry to hear about Jaime. Our professional lives overlapped many times from flying H-53s to working on V-22s. I always appreciated his direct manner – he was a credit to the Pave Low brotherhood. I will miss him greatly.

    Eric Braganca | November 14, 2016 at 3:44 PM
  30. Jamie and I flew the Pave Low together. He always had a great and positive attitude. He will be missed by his Pave Low brothers.

    Patrick St. Romain | November 14, 2016 at 3:36 PM
  31. Jamie will be missed. I served with him flying the H-53. My sincere condolences for a friend and comrade in arms.

    Joe Arvai | November 14, 2016 at 3:21 PM
  32. RIP stick-buddy and friend! Sincere condolences Kari, to you and your family. While sad, I am reassured of Jamie’s place in our Heavenly Kingdom. God bless!

    Brad Webb | November 14, 2016 at 3:08 PM
  33. To the Donald Family, I spent an evening with Jamie during a Family Promise event this past July. It was amazing the connection that I had with him due to his military background (I am in the Army Reserves) and his desire and passion in becoming a Deacon. He left a lasting impression on me for the short time we were together but it seamed we knew each other for much longer. Jamie had the gift, his life experiences he shared would have been a perfect match for him as a Deacon. God has plans for each us, Jamie will be ahead waiting for our turn. My family sends our condolences to the Donald Family. Nick

    Nicolas Relacion | November 14, 2016 at 3:07 PM
  34. God, family, country…Jamie had his priorities in perfect order.
    We’ll keep Jamie and your family in our prayers and in our book of special intentions at St. Mary’s in Fort Walton Beach.
    God bless and console you all!
    Pave Low brother,
    Edward G. “Budman” Sauvageau

    Budman | November 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM
  35. Kari and family: I received news of Jamie’s passing to Glory from Jim Teeple this afternoon. Jim knew Jamie thru the V-22 program. I ran into him from time to time after woodbridge and was always appreciative of his faith in God and his consistent devotion to God thru the church. His personal life reflected the same value as his religious life and the two flowed in unalloyed union. I am confident he is at rest with his savior. And we will hold you and the family in prayer as it is impossible to not to miss such a huge presence in their lives. God Bless you in the days ahead.

    Steve Connelly | November 14, 2016 at 2:50 PM
  36. My heartfelt condolences to the Donald family. I did not know James personally but I understand how hard a time like this can be and I am sorry for your loss. May our Heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3). Our Heavenly Father understands your pain because he too has experienced the death of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Just as God resurrected his Son, he yearns to resurrect our loved ones as well (Job 14:14,15). I hope these words give you the comfort and peace you need during this difficult time.

    Currine | November 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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