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Lawrence Macksey [1924 - 2010]

NORTH ADAMS Lawrence P. "Toddy" Macksey, 85, of 115 Prospect St., died Friday, March 5, 2010, at North Adams Regional Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at his residence.

Toddy was born on Aug. 17, 1924, in North Adams, son of Lawrence P. Macksey Sr., and Isabelle Witt. He was educated by the good sisters of St. Joseph's School and was a graduate there with the class of 1942. Upon his graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served during World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he saw duty as a rifleman/parachutist with the invasion complement on Normandy Beachhead. After the successful landing, he saw duty in the theater of action with the 82nd Airborne throughout Europe. He received the Good Conduct Medal; African Theater Ribbon, WW II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation & European Medals, and was also a participant in the Ardennes Campaign. He was discharged in 1946 honorably as a TSgt in 1946, returning to civilian life where he was employed by Sun Cleaners, Petricca Construction Corp., Metropolitan Life Inc., and lastly, with the North Adams Branch of the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years.

 He retired from the work force in July 1984. He is remembered for his passion to always be prompt with his delivery schedule.
   He was active in community affairs as a member of the North Adams Council of Knights of Columbus, where he was Grand Knight; the Northern Berkshire Assoc. of former athletes, the North Adams Post American Legion and the VFW, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.
   In November 1950, he exchanged marriage vows in St. Francis Church with his love, the former Barbara Downey. They became parents, and he leaves two sons; John P. of North Adams, and Peter D. Macksey of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Susan A. Macksey of Averill Park, N.Y., and five grandchildren, Casey, Joseph, Sarah, Rylan, and Hannah Macksey, along with many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, followed by interment in Southview Cemetery. Visitation period will be Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at MCBRIDE'S FUNERAL HOME of Adams.

Memorial donations may be made to North Adams Ambulance in care of the funeral home, 6 Liberty St., Adams, MA 01220.

[courtesy of "Journeyman"]

Grave marker for Lawrence P. Macksey in the Southview Cemetery, North Adams (Berkshire County), Massachusetts.

Lawrence enlisted in the army on May 18, 1943 in Springfield, MA.

He completed jump school and once sent overseas he was transferred to the 508th's Service Company.

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