BMCM(EXW) Kenneth Edward MacDonald, Jr.

December 6th, 2019

BMCM(EXW) Kenneth Edward MacDonald, Jr. passed away suddenly in Hampton, VA, on November 24, 2019 at the age of 41.

Ken MacDonald was born in Winchester, MA on December 6, 1977. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1995, Ken joined the United States Navy where he rose in the ranks to become a Master Chief Boatswains Mate. Over the last 24 years he has become a role model to many of his fellow sailors. Ken also dabbled in bartending at Cozzy’s Comedy club in Newport News, Virginia where he met Meaghan and his life truly began.

Ken will be remembered by his devoted wife of over 12 years, Meaghan (Slavens) MacDonald of Hampton, VA; and his two beautiful children Lorelai and Jason. Ken is also survived by his three younger sisters Amy MacDonald of Wilmington, MA; Crystal (MacDonald) Sullivan of Avon, MA; Gail Ann (Nee) Belcher and husband James of Taunton, MA. Ken was the beloved uncle of Camden Coleman of Herndon, VA and Adalynn Belcher of Taunton, MA. Predeceased by his father Kenneth E. Macdonald, Sr. Ken was the cherished oldest grandson to the late Robert and Joanna (Nee) Matthews formerly of Wilmington, MA as well as Edward Macdonald of Palm Harbor, FL and Constance (Miller) Macdonald of Billerica, MA. Michael and Marsha Slavens of Waco, TX and their family welcomed him into their family when he married their daughter, Meaghan.  Many cousins, aunts and uncles, friends and fellow Sailors will forever miss Ken.  All who knew him loved him and will forever keep him in our thoughts and hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the MacDonald Children Donation Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 2 Victory Blvd., Poquoson, VA 23662.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “BMCM(EXW) Kenneth Edward MacDonald, Jr.”

  1. The Porters says:

    Ken was a light in our life like in so many others. He always had a smile and was a truly good person. We will miss him so very much! Our thoughts and love are with Meaghan and the kiddos! We love you all! <3

  2. Ed and Mimi Curtin says:

    Kenny, we love you and always will. Meaghan, Lorelei, and Jason, we love you all, also. We will always be here for you.

  3. BMCS Donald R Bailey says:

    To Ken,
    You were one if my best friends. I will alway cherish the times we had. I will see you again someday. God Speed my Brother.

  4. Amanda and Steven Slocum says:

    Our deepest condolences to Meaghan, Lorelai, and Jason. May you find comfort in these dark days and remember that he is always with you guys and will continue to watch over you three and protect you. Our condolences also to Gail, Jimmy, Crystal and Amy, we may have not known your brother but we have known you all like family and our hearts break for you all! If you guys need anything please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  5. Pat Modrich says:

    Our deepest sympathies from a grateful H R Dickson U SNSCC family. Your dedication, guidance and friendship will always be remembered by the officers, parents and cadets.

  6. MMC(EXW) Joseph A. Marchetta (ret). says:

    Mac, I just wanted to tell you I informed as many of our Sailors that I could possibly get a hold of from IBU-24. I cannot wrap my head around this at all, and I cannot stop thinking about your family. It was great seeing you in Connecticut and it was equally great to serve with you all those years. Rest peacefully brother. Until our next mission.

  7. Hector B Reyes says:

    We share in this time of grief, but also share in the love and memories of BMCM MacDonald. Meaghan, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will surely miss my brother in arms. Rest in peace! V/R Hector Reyes

  8. Ed Hetman says:

    Ken, I didn’t meet you or serve with you but, from reading the comments from your family, fellow sailors, and friends. You sure made a positive difference while here. When you see my son-in-law and daughter tell them we miss them as I’m sure we all will miss you. Rest in Peace brother.

  9. Master Chief Thomas Sederback says:

    You will be missed, prayers are being said for your family.
    Thank you for your service to the US Navy and the USA.

  10. EN1 Bryan Spiva says:

    Fair winds and Following Seas Mac. You were a great Leader, Mentor and friend. May you be at peace now and watching over your Family
    Prayers for them as they go through this stressful time not having you here. We know your are above looking over them. May God Bless you and Keep you. You will be missed. It was a honor serving with you. Love ya Brother, Chatters

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