Pat McDonald, 50

Pat McDonald, age 50, of Chicago, formerly of Watertown, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

He was born May 18, 1965, in Watertown, to Philip (Flip) and Abigail (Abbie) McDonald.

Pat graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and completed his master’s degree in fine arts at Northern Illinois University in painting.

He developed an interest in making large-scale sculpture. 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 ton to 35 tons.

Pat’s studio in Oak Park, IL was a place of experimentation. His studio in Watertown was the place his large-scale work was fabricated. From one or both of these studios, Pat was always working on several new pieces for a number of exhibitions in the Midwest and the East Coast. Above all else, his passion for sculpture was clear as he exclaimed, “If it wasn’t fun, I would not do it!”

Pat was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Brian.

He is survived by his wife, Therese (Terri) McKinzie; son Vincent; his mother; siblings William (Lis), Theresa Sullivan (William), Timothy, and Colleen Score (Aaron); and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; and continued Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.

Arrangements were with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

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