In memory of
John A. Donaldson
DONALDSON, JOHN A. “Jack” of West Bloomfield; October 5, 2016; age 72; Special friend of Sandy and Phil Crockett and William and Judy Griggs; Brother of Mary Kay (Paul) Sparre; Uncle of James (Lan) Sparre and Carrie Ellen (John) Ferris.
Mr. Donaldson was the Director of Rights and Advocacy at Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority where he was a tenacious advocate for persons with disabilities. He was a member of the U.S. Para Olympic Wheelchair Team in 1968, and competed in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.
Interment Roseland Park Cemetery.
John was member of Michigan Polio Network Board of Directors
I remember John from many years ago when he served on the Michigan Post Polio Network. He was so respected and was a great member of our Board of Directors. So sorry we lost touch, but remember him fondly, may he R.I.P.
Sharon Boyd Kugel
I am so saddened at the loss of this amazing person. I have known Jack for many years as the result of our involvement with the rights protection system in Michigan. There are so many attributes that I loved about Jack...his keen sense of humor, his wonderfully gentle voice, his tenacity, perseverance and doggedness in the protection of and advocacy for the rights of those receiving services in the public mental health system. I could go on and on. Jack, rest in peace.
You will be greatly missed!
Dianne Baker Popma
Jack was a true advocate for people with disabilities, yet he never made anyone feel disabled. I know this first hand by how he treated me. He was a kind, gentle soul and much the reason I am in the rights department today. He was more than a supervisor he was a friend. We had many talks together. I found him to be a good listener, very smart and wise. He will be dearly missed yet our sorrow is heavens joy. Rest in peace my friend you have earned it.
Jack was my supervisor for a number of years at Oakland County Community Mental Health. He was a good and kind man, and was a tireless advocate and champion for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities . He will be missed.
I first met Jack in 1983 when I called Michigan P&A to get help advocating for my daughter to get her physical therapy (PT) in school. Jack was a great advocate and with his assistance, we got the school to hire another PT so my daughter could have regularly scheduled PT. In 1994, I came to work at OCCMHA and in 1996 went to work in Recipient Rights for Jack for 3 years. I learned so much from Jack; he was a kind compassionate man who had a passion for advocating for persons with disabilities. He will be very missed by those who knew him.