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Obituary of James Douglas (Dougie) McDonald, 56


James Douglas (Dougie) McDonald, 56, passed away on December 24, 2019.

Born November 27, 1963 in Red Bank, New Jersey to the late Isaac McDonald and Juanita Callahan McDonald. He was also preceded in death by his sister Melani McDonald. He is survived by a sister, Aprel McDonald of Somerset, NJ, brother John McDonald and his fiancé Kathy of Centre Point, AL, nieces Patricia and Kandice, nephews Rodney, Shaquille, Kyron and 11 great nieces and nephews all from South Plainfield, NJ, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Despite being born with a disability, Douglas never let it stop him from doing all the things he wanted to do. On a field trip in elementary school Doug witnessed a glassblower at work and knew that’s what he wanted to do later in his life.

He began wrestling in the 4th grade. While attending South Plainfield High School he became an avid weight lifter which led to more wrestling and becoming a powerlifter. He travelled around the country competing in these sports many times taking the 1st place trophy. In 1988 Doug represented the USA in the Paralympics in Korea. He placed 3rd due to moving up a weight class as a favor to the coach’s son otherwise it’s believed he would have won gold! He also represented the USA in Barcelona in 1992. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a big Howard Stern fan and appeared on his show a few times. He was also on Gerald Rivera and Sally Jessie Raphael. He even had a small part (no pun intended) in the movie Toxic Avengers II.

In 1991 Doug moved to Bellefonte PA where he attended St. Paul AME under the direction of Pastor Donna King. He also obtained his dream position as a glassblower at Cannon Instruments in State College, PA where he would spend the next 28 years. He was a member of the Logan Fire Co #1 in Bellefonte where he held an officer position. He was also a member of the LPA in which he held many positions including District President. He travelled extensively with them including a trip to Alaska.

The LITTLE BIG MAN was small in stature but big in heart!

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte, PA. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences sent to the family at

Name of Deceased

James Douglas (Dougie) McDonald



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Date of Birth


Funeral Home

Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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