George McDonough, Jr.


George D. McDonough, Jr., died peacefully on Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born on September 23, 1946 in Ballston Spa, NY to Ellen and George McDonough, Sr. He spent his youth playing sandlot baseball and exploring every inch of the town with his dog, Freckles. In high school, George was a member of the 1962-63 Ballston Spa High School Varsity Basketball Team, which was recently inducted into the school’s hall of fame. He was also a star track and cross country runner, and a talented golfer who could drive the ball a country mile.

George served in a combat role for his country in the First Cavalry in Vietnam from 1968-69, and received several medals, including the Purple Heart. The physical and emotional injuries he received in war would shape the rest of his life.

Upon return from his service, he married Kathleen Plummer of Ballston Spa. George made a career in the trucking industry, and he and Kathleen eventually settled in Milton, NY to raise their family. He gained sobriety in 1984, but tragically suffered a debilitating stroke at 43 years of age, which served as a transition to his next stage in life, in which he and Kathleen would divorce, and he would find a new life in Florida.

George was frequently visited by his family and kept many close and casual friendships over the years, and was always a friend to many animals. He eventually resided in a Veterans home in Daytona Beach, where he was a popular figure.

George is predeceased by his sister Kathy. He is survived by his children George McDonough (Cortney Linville) and Erin McDonough (Roscoe Ahn), brother Kevin McDonough (Chris) and sister Ellie Spensieri (Skip); six grandchildren Liv, Gaffney, and Fletcher McDonough, and Calvin, Theo, and Cecily Ahn; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

George will be laid to rest with military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Guest Book

Fran Friello Chodack

Dear Kathy,

God bless you, George, and your family. The write up about George was very moving. Take care. Fran

Richard Gorman

I extend my condolences to the whole McDonough family for the loss of George. I knew George and the McDonough family, on Church Ave, for a long time. Lots of neighborhood stuff. Rest in peace George.

Susan Manogue Donk

RIP, Cousin George. Glad we got to meet up again years ago.

Jean Mosher

I don’t know George but his family wrote a wonderful essay on his life and it really depicts what happens to the lives of these young people who go into battle for their country... it maps out their future in a devastating way
and that of their families.
I’m glad The Veteran's Home took care of him in late years...
Thank you George