In Memory of



Obituary for Walter McDonald

Walter Paul McDonald, 70, of Granby, beloved husband of Catherine (Rust) McDonald, died Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Hartford Hospital. He was born March 26, 1951 in Hartford, son of the late Richard Leroy and Dorothy (Provost) McDonald. Wally was a graduate of Simsbury High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Seabees Construction Battalion. Walter was the Superintendent of the Town of Simsbury Highway Department for over 29 years and had also previously worked at Zera Equipment in Suffield. He enjoyed spending time gardening and restoring tractors and Jeeps.  

In addition to his loving wife of 48  years, he is survived by his sons, Timothy McDonald and wife Patti-Jo (Magnani) of Granby and Matthew McDonald and wife Bonnie (Aman) of South Windsor; his siblings, Diana Bennett and husband James of South Reading, VT, Milton McDonald of Simsbury and Wayne McDonald and wife Kathy of South Hadley, MA;  his brother in laws Donald Rust and wife Theresa, Robert Rust and wife Jill, Stephen DiTommaso, his beloved granddaughters and future mechanics, Ally Nicole McDonald  and Gracey Ann McDonald of Granby,  several nieces and nephews, special friends Richard, Walter and Jimmy and his “Boys” at the highway department. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda J. DiTommaso and a sister-in-law, Kimberly McDonald.

His family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Saturday, November 27th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM with a graveside service with military honors at the Simsbury Cemetery, 16 Plank Hill Road in Simsbury at 2:00 PM. Donations in his memory may be made to the Granby Fuel Bank, 5 North Granby Road, Granby CT 06035 or to “Safety Upgrades”.  Please visit Wally’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.