Obituary For Bernard William Mills Macdonald 2024


In Memoriam: Bernard William Mills MacDonald, Pioneer in Automotive Industry

In Memoriam: Bernard William Mills MacDonald, Pioneer in Automotive Industry

Bernard “Bernie” MacDonald, a visionary entrepreneur and beloved family man, passed away peacefully at his home in Westford, Massachusetts, on June 1, 2024, at the age of 83.

Born on April 9, 1941, in Derbyshire, England, Bernie embarked on a remarkable journey that would forever leave its mark on the automotive industry. His unwavering passion for cars ignited his career at Ford Motor Company in 1963.

Legacy of Innovation and Quality

In 1978, Bernie’s entrepreneurial spirit soared when he founded Quality Auto Accessories (QAA) in Westford. With a keen eye for opportunity, he transformed QAA into a thriving business, becoming one of the most respected names in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Bernie’s unwavering commitment to quality and innovation was evident in every aspect of his work. He revolutionized the accessories market by introducing cutting-edge products and services that enhanced the driving experience for countless car enthusiasts.

Passion for Life

Beyond his business ventures, Bernie was a man of immense passion and enthusiasm. His love for golf, tennis, skiing, and fishing brought him joy and fulfillment. Bernie cherished the moments spent with his family and friends, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

He was an avid coffee enthusiast and found solace in the morning ritual of sharing a cup with fellow patrons at Kimball Farm. His infectious laugh and warm smile will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Family Ties

Bernie’s love for his family was unwavering. He leaves behind his beloved daughters, Judith Field McGloin (John McGloin), Kimberley MacGillivray (Darrin), and Wendy Prescott; his cherished grandchildren, Taylor Napoli, Whitney Pulsifer, Spenser Field, Justin, Benjamin, Michael, and Ethan MacGillivray, Veronica and Abigail Prescott; and his precious great-grandchildren, Harper, Brayden, Ashley, Ellie, and Nolan.

Memorial Service

A memorial service honoring Bernie’s extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at 11 AM, on the property adjacent to 243 Concord Road, Westford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA, 02215, a cause close to Bernie’s heart.


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Bernard William Mills MacDonald will be remembered as a visionary entrepreneur, a dedicated family man, and a true friend. His legacy of innovation, hard work, and love will continue to inspire generations to come.

Rest in peace, Bernie.