John “Jack” J. McDonald (Jr.), long-time supervisor of the Texas Township Board of Supervisors, died July 5th in a farming accident. He was 81.
State Police Honesdale barracks report that they were called to the scene at 4:40 p.m. at his property on Bear Swamp Road. McDonald was killed when the farm tractor he as using rolled over on top of him.
Upon arrival police learned that the victim was cutting grass next to a pond off of Bear Swamp Road when he backed up the tractor. The left rear tire went off a slight drop off and the tractor rolled to the left pinning the victim under the tractor and next to the water.
An autopsy was pending, police said on Friday, and is continuing the investigation.
Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell was on scene and pronounced the vicim dead at 5:29 p.m. Also assisting at the scene were the Honesdale EMS, Honesdale Fire Department, Seelyville Fire Department and Paul’s Garage.
McDonald served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and waswas in his 38th term as supervisor. He succeeded his father as an elected supervisor for Texas Township.
“It came as quite a shock,” said township secretary John Haggarty in a Wayne Independent interview, “We definitely weren’t expecting it.
“I’ve been there (working as township secretary) for 25 years,” he said, “and except for one term, he was there that whole time. And he was there for a long time before that.”
“He was a member since long before me,” Haggarty said, “He supplied all the birds for our chicken barbecues for as long as I can remember. He was the most dedicated, hardworking individual I’ve ever known; for himself, for the township and for the fire company.”
Honesdale Councilman Bob Jennings agreed, saying, “I’ve known him all my life. He was a year ahead of me in school. Jack was very respected by all his peers and the township he served and was a very hardworking person with great honesty and integrity. He was a generous guy in many, many ways. He will be sadly missed.”
“We’re all really going to miss him,” said longtime Texas Township Planning Commission member John Torrick. “I really don’t know how they’re going to replace him. He did a lot for this township. It’s going to take quite a man to fill his shoes, I would think.”