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'Dr. Mac' Dead at 87

July 31, 2007 — Dr. Sylvester O. McDonald died Friday at the Schneider Regional Medical Center. He was 87.
"Dr. Mac," as he was affectionately known by his many patients, colleagues and friends, held many top positions during his career, including acting commissioner of Health, chief of surgery, and medical director and orthopedic consultant to the Charles Harwood Hospital on St. Croix.
But he is perhaps best known for his private practice on St. Thomas, where he treated all who sought his help with utmost respect, courtesy and patience, Gov. John deJongh Jr. said Tuesday night.
The governor extended his sympathies to the family in a news release from Government House: "I was saddened to hear of his passing on Friday, but was grateful for the opportunity to have visited with him during his recent hospitalization at Schneider Regional.”
He continued, "Cecile joins me and a grateful community in extending sympathies to Dr. McDonald's four children: John, Michael, Judith and Genevieve, as well as to his extended family. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time of sorrow and bereavement. May he rest in peace.”
McDonald was preceded in death by his wife, Eirene Canegata McDonald, who died in 2003. He is survived by his sons, John D. McDonald and Michael A. McDonald, and daughters, Genevieve Lambert and Judith Richardson.
Viewings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Interment will be at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Cemetery.
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