Pat McDonald, 50, of Oak Park, died on July 17, 2015. Born on May 18, 1965 in Watertown, Minnesota to Philip (Flip) and Abigail (Abbie) McDonald, he was a devoted father, husband, wrestling supporter, and passionate artist and sculptor. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Northern Illinois University in painting. He developed an interest in making large-scale sculpture, and the direction of his work was strongly influenced by family and friends. His most recent work was created with concrete and steel with pieces ranging in weight from 1 to 35 tons.
His current local sculpture installations can be seen at Harlem and Ontario in Oak Park, Skokie Sculpture Park in Skokie, and in Chicago's Lincoln Park. His Oak Park studio was a place of experimentation, and his studio in Watertown was the place his large scale work was fabricated. From one or both of these studios, he was always working on several new pieces for a number of exhibitions in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
"If it wasn't fun," he would say, "I would not do it!"
Patrick McDonald is survived by his wife, Therese (Terri) McKinzie; his son, Vincent; his mother; his siblings, William (Lis), Theresa Sullivan (William), Timothy, and Colleen Score (Aaron); and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Brian.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 23, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, and he was laid to rest at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
A local memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 31 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Church's Pine Room, 601 Van Buren St. in Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to, Little Huskies Wrestling at www.littlehuskieswrestling.org or to the Walter Payton Liver Center at www.walterpaytonlivercenter.org or to Gift of Hope at www.giftofhope.org/about/monetary_donation.htm.
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