Photography provided by The McDonald Family. 

Founded in January 2016, The Dapper McDonald ALS Residence was established in honor of E. Richard "Dapper" McDonald, recognizing the strength and courage he exhibited while in the fight of his life with ALS.

 

About E. Richard "Dapper" McDonald

Middleboro, MA native E. Richard "Dapper" McDonald was born in June 1929.  He was a four-sport athlete and a student scholar who strived to make a better future for himself in the wake of the Great Depression, which had caused such terrible hardship for so many.  "Dapper" graduated with honors from Middleboro High School (1947) and from Stonehill College (1953).  After graduation, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  When "Dapper" left the Corps, he moved to Westchester County, New York where he met and married his wife of over fifty years, Catherine Mary Dockery, and established his own business, The McDonald Agency.  During this period, "Dapper" served in the USMCR and retired with the rank of Captain.  Over time "Dapper" and Mary raised five children and saw their family grow with many grandchildren.

"Dapper" was diagnosed with ALS in November 2008.  This news came as a shock to the entire family as it was something completely unfamiliar to them.  Over the next seven months, the family took their lead from "Dapper."  He never slowed down or quit.  He went to work every day and continued running his business even though it was a constant struggle.  On July 15, 2009, "Dapper" passed from ALS.

The Dapper McDonald ALS Residence was founded in honor of the strength and courage "Dapper" exhibited while in the fight of his life with ALS. Our hope is that this residence will allow peace and comfort to others waging this battle. Also in "Dapper's" name are The Dapper McDonald Scholarship, awarded to student varsity athletes at local high schools for their higher education, and The Annual Dapper McDonald Classic Basketball Tournament in Westchester, New York. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic" ("The Man in the Arena"), 1910