Clifton Rexford “Pete” McDonald, 83, attorney who faithfully defended his clients

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Clifton Rexford "Pete" McDonald
Clifton Rexford “Pete” McDonald

Clifton Rexford “Pete” McDonald, 83, died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

He was born Sept. 28, 1933, in St. Joseph, Mich., and spent much of his life in Fort Pierce, Fla. In his later years, Pete enjoyed a home in Williamsburg.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, partner and friend of 44 years, Claudia McDonald; son, Christopher McDonald; daughter, Corrine Ray (Mark); grandchildren, Ryan Lacy, Lauren Lacy and Alex Ray; as well as countless friends and colleagues.

Pete wore many hats during his lifetime, including that of a 26-year-old entrepreneur who founded Citizens Federal Savings and Loans in Fort Pierce. For much of his life, he was also a marvelous attorney who faithfully defended clients suffering from personal injury, going through divorces and accused of crimes. He was a very generous person who helped countless people and their families via his pro bono work.

Pete’s family and friends will remember him for his “larger than life” persona, his honest and unpretentious spirit and quick wit. Pete was honest to a fault and always told people the truth, even when it wasn’t what they wanted to hear.

Pete had three true loves in his life: his family, his work and the University of Florida. He was a three-time Gator who received his undergraduate, law and doctorate degrees at the university. His family will remember his passion for the school and Gator football, and the university will never forget his generous spirit shown through donations to the McKnight Brain Institute.

A memorial was held in Pete’s honor on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at his home in Williamsburg. His ashes will be spread behind the site of his first business in Fort Pierce, Fla.