Frederick D. ‘Bebe’ MacDonald, 92

by | May 18, 2024

Frederick D. “Bebe” MacDonald, 92, passed away May 13. He was the husband of Barbara M. (Forrest) MacDonald. Born in East Greenwich, he was a son of the late Melvin and Julia L. (Cassamas) MacDonald. 

A lifelong quahaugger, Bebe was a self-employed shell fisherman for over 72 years and was still bull raking at the age of 86. He was a US Air Force Korean War veteran and while in the service, also played baseball for his base team.

“Bebe” MacDonald graduated from East Greenwich High School in 1950. As an Avenger he played four years of baseball, four years of football, managed the basketball team and also was on the wrestling club team. He received the East Greenwich Athletic Hall of Fame’s Golden Avenger Award in 2018. He was an avid New York Football Giants and New York Yankee fan, and enjoyed traveling and had a love of the water.

He managed the Shell Fishermen’s Co-Op, Eastern Seafood, started Independent Fishermen’s Co-Op and built 10 condos on his property off Forge Road. To give back to his community, “Bebe” was involved in a scholarship program for the children of quahauggers. 

Bebe was known as an all-around generous and great person. 

Besides his wife he is survived by his stepson Mark S. Olteldale and his wife Gail, his grandson Justin Oltedale and a sister Philomena (Zenga) Landrigan and her husband Steve. He was the brother of the late Melvin MacDonald Jr. and Doris Polka.

Calling hours: Tuesday, May 28, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. His funeral and burial will be private. 

You can read a profile about Bebe HERE.

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Posted 5/18/24

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Donna Wilson Rice
Donna Wilson Rice
May 20, 2024 12:06 pm

Barbara and family;
So sorry for your loss. Bebe was a GREAT person. Always smiling. He was so lucky to
have lived so long. Rest In Peace.

Bruce Mastracchio
Bruce Mastracchio
May 29, 2024 8:03 am

Barbara, Apologize for missing yesterday’s service for Bebe. Up in Providence for more testing. My life lately. Elaine and I hope you find comfort and peace in the large turnout and the shared memories of your old friends. God will take over now and Bebe is up there with Tar, Brizzi and the boys he always loved being around.


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