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H. Noel Mcdonald

January 24, 1937 — December 22, 2013

H. Noel McDonald, 76, of Punta Gorda, passed away peacefully at South Seas Plantation on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Noel was born January 24, 1937 in Evansville Indiana to Noah and Dorothy McDonald. He joined the US Army after attended Reitz High School. Noel earned his Bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Evansville, and a Master's degree from Indiana University. He married Sandra Paceley in 1963 and raised two daughters in Evansville. Noel devoted his professional career to education. He was a teacher in the Evansville School District from 1961 to 1970, and a Principal from 1971 until his retirement in 1992. During this time he was also an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Southern Indiana and acted as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, representing children in Juvenile Court proceedings. Noel retired to Punta Gorda and redirected his teaching skills into sailing. He became an ASA Certified Sailing Instructor and earned a USCG Masters License. He taught sailing to dozens of new enthusiasts and loved the cruising grounds of Southwest Florida . Noel enjoyed traveling with his wife and dear sailing friends Noel will be greatly missed by his wife , Sandra of 50 years; two daughters, Laura McDonald Bolin and Sarah McDonald; a granddaughter, Lindsay Bolin, and three brothers, Patric, David, and Mark McDonald. A memorial service will be held at 3:30pm, Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Congregational United Church in Punta Gorda. 1201 Aqui Esta Dr. Punta Gorda. Inurnment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Peace River Wildlife Center. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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Congregational United Church of Christ

1201 Aqui Esta Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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