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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.