Brian Edward Donaldson
Born: July 5, 1951
Died: February 14, 2018
Brian Edward Donaldson, July 5th, 1951 in Joliet, IL; passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2018 in his home. He was surrounded by his loving family and loyal fur friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Patricia Flynn Donaldson and Elwyn Donaldson; brother, Gary Donaldson; and son, Matthew Charles Donaldson.
Survived by wife, Vicky Rae Dempsay Donaldson; and sons, Zachary Donaldson, Jeremy Donaldson, and Nathan(Jennifer) Donaldson. Also survived by grandchildren, Darcy Donaldson, Aidan Donaldson, Autumn Litrento; and great grandson, Jerzy Przybylski. He is also survived by his loving brother, Mark(Darlene) Donaldson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Brian proudly served in the Navy from '70-'74 on the USS Puget Sound and married Vicky, the love of his life, in 1972 while serving. They raised their three boys in the Joliet and Minooka area. Brian worked at Joyce Beverages and retired from Applied Systems. Brian was a Scoutmaster, coached baseball and loved spending time camping, fishing, bowling and going to minor league baseball games. He was an avid photographer and photographed many weddings in the Joliet area. He loved working in the dark room creating beautiful award winning pictures. His love for the Cubs was only rivaled by the love for his family. In the past few years he spent hours bird watching and feeding his "flying pigs". His most recent hobby of brewing and bottling beer was a gift the whole "adult" family could enjoy.
Brian will be remembered for his love of life, gift of story telling, and huge sense of humor. Those traits will live on through his children and grand children. He will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 12:30pm on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag funeral home, 1500 Black rd, Joliet, IL. At 2:00pm, a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Brian's name to the charity of your choice.