Bill MacDonald to be remembered for his warm smile, larger-than-life personality

Bill MacDonald

William “Bill” Christopher MacDonald, 50, of Monroe, died on December 21, 2023 from complications of Covid after a long, heroic battle with cancer. Bill was the former owner of Great Hollow Contractors. His warm smile and huge, larger-than-life personality will be missed by many.

He had a passion for helping people and became known as a leader in the state, and beyond, advocating for the use of medical marijuana. People reached out to him from all over the world. He was always ready to listen and share his vast knowledge about the medicinal value of the plant.

Bill is survived by his mother Sally Cascella, his loving brother Brian MacDonald and his nephew who he adored, Alexander Weil.

Bill leaves behind his Aunt Jean Casso (Wayne), his uncles Robert Riga and Duffy Riga, and beloved cousins Jennifer Zultowski (Tom Zultowski), Kristine Riga (Alex Arias), Curtis and Christopher Casso and many loving extended family.

Bill was predeceased by his father Ed MacDonald and stepfather Kenneth Cascella.

The family wishes to extend their deep appreciation to Bill’s cherished medical team Dr. Neal Fishbach, Dr. Dan Rudolph, Renee Moye APRN, the Medical ICU staff and physicians at Bridgeport Hospital who provided Bill with excellent and loving care.

Special thanks to Jennifer Lockwood Iamiceli, respiratory therapist and lifelong friend who cared for Bill with clinical excellence and love as did the entire ICU staff. Bill was fortunate to maintain a circle of lifelong friends and new friends who he cherished.

Friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, January 4, 2024, 3 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service being held at 6 p.m., at Spadaccino & Leo P. Gallagher Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to THRIVE. Checks can be made payable to THRIVE Cooperative Center for Wellness, with Bill MacDonald in the memo – and mailed to THRIVE, 2nd Floor, 12 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611 or by online donation at THRIVEwellnessCT.org.

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