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Former Mayor Joe Eddy McDonald Passes

The former mayor, councilman and planning commissioner passed away Saturday.

-From the City of Hercules

Joe Eddy McDonald, former Hercules Mayor and Council Member, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at his Hercules home of 28 years. 

Mr. McDonald served on the Hercules Planning Commission from 2002 until his election to the City Council in November 2006, serving as Vice Mayor in 2008 and as Mayor in 2009.

Mr. McDonald attended local schools, graduating from Richmond Union High School in 1964.  Subsequently, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for 2 years.  Mr. McDonald received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Contra Costa College and completed professional development courses offered by Duke and Harvard University’s Schools of Professional Studies.

In 1966, Mr. McDonald began his extensive career with the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier.  Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Postal Clerk and ultimately to Postmaster of Hercules and Rodeo, where he served that last 19 years of his U.S. Postal Service career, retiring in 2002.

Mr. McDonald maintained memberships in the Black American Cultural Association, as a charter member of the N.A.A.C.P. and the Rotary Club of Hercules, having served as President of both the Rodeo and Hercules Rotary Clubs.  He has also served on the Hercules Library Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee and the City’s Mail Box Security Ad Hoc Committee which resulted in the successful implementation of the Secure Mail Box Replacement Program. 

During his tenure on the Hercules City Council, Mr. McDonald’s commitment and dedication to the community was instrumental in the Council adopting the Refugio Creek Watershed Vision Plan; financially supporting the purchase of land by the Muir Heritage Land Trust to connect the Bay Trail and Ridge Trail; Hercules Bayfront Transit Village Project Awarded Designation of Catalyst Project by the California Department of Housing and Community Development; supporting the John Swett Unified District’s Innovative Classroom Project; supporting the retention of the West Contra Costa Unified School District music program in Hercules Elementary Schools; negotiating an agreement with Contra Costa College to provide classes in the Redevelopment Project Area; supporting construction of the Community Garden Project at Ohlone Park; and successfully lobbying for the reconstruction of Ohlone Elementary School.

The Hercules City Council and city staff wish to extend their sincerest condolences to the family.

Jerrold "Jerry" Parsons June 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
A man who worked very hard for the communities of Rodeo and Hercules. You will be missed by many people and thank you for your support for our innovative classroom project. Jerrold "Jerry" Parsons John Swett Unified School District - Board President jerryp1969@yahoo.com
Gary Hawkins June 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
My Condolences to the McDonald Family. He is loss to Hercules. Journey well Mr. McDonald. Sincerest Condolences Gary M. Hawkins
Susan D.Keeffe June 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
My best wishes to the family, His contribution to the City and community were appreciated.
Myrna de Vera June 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
With deep sadness, I extend my condolences to Mary Ann and her family. Joe Eddy was very kind to me, ever since I was a rookie planning commissioner in 2005. He was always encouraging me to keep serving the community especially when I wanted to quit due to political conflict. When I decided to run for council, he gave me his blessings. Thank you, Joe Eddy, for your service to the City of Hercules.
Barbara Hopkins June 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Charles and Barbara Hopkins Joe Eddy was a beautiful person. Always willing to help everyone in any way that he could. Joe Eddy is the reason that we were able to purchase a home, because he trusted us. He and his wife has always been there for us and we for them. We love you Joe Eddy and will miss you sooooo much! We extend our condolences to the entire family. Love You!
Joe Trevors June 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
To Friends & Family of Eddy Joe: I was very sad to learn today of your great loss. I never spoke with him personally. I saw him only one time when I was in the audience during a Hercules City Council meeting in 2010, when I saw he conducted himself very ably under some difficult circumstances at that time. During the past six months I have been getting increasingly involved with the plight of USPS. The USPS is nearing bankruptcy because most of the mail it delivers is done so for less than 16 cents / ounce versus the 45 cents First Class rate that most of us are responsible to pay. For several months I have been thinking about Eddy Joe & the fabulous work he did with the USPS. I wanted to meet with him to share my ideas with him & to seek his advice & perspective about what I could be doing better to help the situation. I kept postponing contacting him & now it is too late, sorrowfully! The Lord must have more important work for Eddy Joe! Prayers, Peace, Love & Joy for Eddy, his family & friends. Joe
Shirley Gotelli June 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Hercules, I would like to express our condolences to Mary Ann and her family. Joe Eddy was a valuable member of Hercules Rotary for many years. He will be missed! Shirley Gotelli Secretary, Hercules Rotary
Jonathan Cantiller June 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Wow.. this is unbelievable for me. I just happen to be with Joe and Mary Ann Thursday night at their residence to help them fix their email problem. While working on their computer , the three of us had a good chat about the economy and life in general. It was a good 1 hour of talk with the couple. Out of curiosity , I injected the topic about Parcel C and see what's Joe's point of view. And he simply said , "There's not enough land , who cares about paying debt.We (the city)simply don't have enough money". How far can you go with paying our debt ? How far can you go for not paying ?" Those were the last words of wisdom I heard from the man . May you rest in peace brother and my sincerest condolences to May Ann and her family. Offering prayers for you ... - Jonathan Cantiller and family
Shelia Davis October 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Sorry I am not with you guys on this one
Shelia Davis October 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Black men, you must do your duty and stop having children out of wedlock and then disowning them for your entire life time. You will answer to God.
Shelia Davis October 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
yss I am bitter as this is what Mr. McDonald did to me. We survived and have good lives, however to always read about how wonderful he is is a crock of BS

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