Vince was born in Brooklyn, NY. He lived and traveled all over the world until he was 17, and settled in the Washington, DC area after he graduated from Western Maryland College. He passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, February 28, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Natalie, his two daughters Norah and Noelle, his father Vincent, sister Kerry D’Ascoli (Gerry) and their children Kelsey and Gerry, brother John K. McDonald (Kristin) and their children Jack and Annie. He was cherished by in-laws Patrick and Dolores Clarke, brother-in-law Kenneth Clarke (Kimberly) and their children Jeremy Clarke (Krystal), Shelby C. Arnett (Kyle), and brother-in-law Jeffrey Clarke (Melisa) and their children Rachel and Caroline Clarke. He follows his mother Ann N. McDonald and brother Steve B. McDonald into heaven.
Vince lived a great life, richly filled with many adventures, travels, and friendships. He grew up living abroad in Beirut, Lebanon; Frankfurt, Germany; and Geneva, Switzerland. His love for travel sent his family on many wonderful trips crisscrossing the U.S. as well as Europe – skiing, hiking, rafting and eating Gelato three times a day in Italy. To be a member of Vince’s family, one of the qualifying criteria appeared to be that you had to play basketball and run. Most times, vacations began by running a road race that “just happened” to be on the way to the vacation destination.
Vince checked all the boxes. He was a great son, terrific brother, devoted husband, doting father, tireless worker. He and Natalie have raised two strong and amazing women, Norah and Noelle, who are both students at the University of Virginia. Vince was also a loyal friend, as evidenced by the parade of life-long friends who stopped by to see him and pray over him these last few weeks. God graciously surrounded Vince with pastor friends who shepherded him in his walk throughout his life.
Vince was a co-founder of the annual Ann N. McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament and, for the first ten years, always had a team in the tournament with his fellow college buddies from the B-Section Bombers. Although Vince stopped playing in the tournament a few years ago, he always supported the tournament and the cause of families affected by breast cancer. He also managed the family donation to the Ann N. McDonald Memorial Scholarship at St. Jude Catholic School now in its fifteenth year.
Vince was a fierce competitor and a great natural athlete. In addition to basketball, he played baseball and football when he was a kid. When he couldn’t get it done on the basketball court at the level that he was accustomed to – scoring 74 points in a single game (12/18/75) or averaging over 40 points in a season – he transformed himself into a competitive runner. He ran the Marine Corps marathon at an under 7 minute/mile pace and he ran half marathons and 10ks all over the country, always finishing at the top of his age group (many times at the very top).
If you knew Vince well, it means that you have barreled down a black diamond slope with him, hung on for life in a raft in the raging white water with him, been on a perilous dirt bike trail with him, or simply stayed up with him through the night, drinking Guinness and talking about politics, sports, family, life.
He loved his Giants and Knicks but when the Nationals came to Washington in 2005, he abandoned the Mets and he and Natalie developed into big Washington Nationals fans.
We will all miss his adventurous spirit, his quick (and occasionally) cutting wit, his piercing intellect, and, most importantly, his steadfast and faithful fellowship.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that contributions be made in Vince’s name to Cherrydale Baptist Church. https://www.cherrydale.org/give/. Vince so looked forward to spending Sunday mornings sitting next to Natalie and the girls learning about the love of God and the promises He offers all of us in this life and in heaven. We are blessed knowing that Vince is now worshipping at the feet our Lord and seated at His banquet table. “Vince will have it all organized for us and our place cards and drinks ready!”