Former Mel Barr Award winner remembered

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Past Mel Barr Award recipient George B. MacDonald, of Huntsville, Ohio, died at home Feb. 18. He was 80.

MacDonald was a partner, and later a sole owner, of Phil Wilkins & Associates as a manufacturing representative. The Mel Barr Award is given by the National Marine Representatives Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to the marine industry.

An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he also was a founding member of the Russells Point (Ohio)  Elks Lodge, where he was twice Elk of the Year and started the Elks Scholarship Foundation. MacDonald was a lifetime member of the Doyle R. Miller Amvets Post 39, Lakeview, Ohio.

He received an associate's degree in English from Ohio Northern University.

Survivors include sons Scott (Rebecca) MacDonald of Russells Point, Tom MacDonald of Marysville, Ohio, and George Jr. (Carolyn) MacDonald of Cincinnati; daughters Terri (Mike) McGarry of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Kari (Mitch) Tucker, Kitty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald, all of Westerville, Ohio, and Mary (Michael) Dana of Montclair, N.J.; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert B. (Claire) MacDonald of Russells Point.

Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health Care or the American Heart Association.

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Those interested in contacting the family can do so at MacDonald's mailing address: 6591 Cherokee Drive Huntsville, OH 43324 or through his son George at

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