Dale R. McDonough

August 17, 1951 - March 25, 2012

Dale R. McDonough, 60, of  Plano, TX, passed away March 25, 2012.  He was born August 17, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA, to Walter and Marilyn Louise (Duman) McDonough.  Mr. McDonough graduated from Robert Morris College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Public Accounting.  He worked as an inspector for the District Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA, then worked 32 years with JCPenney, and retired as a Director of Managing Assets and Vice President of JCPenney Properties.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church in Plano, TX.

He is survived by his wife Sandra S. McDonough of Plano, TX; step-daughters, Megan Marie and Alexandra Anne Zachary, both of Plano, TX; mother, Marilyn Louise McDonough of Washington, PA; brothers, Dr. Richard Michael McDonough and his wife Mary Lau of Singapore; Duane Walter McDonough and his wife Kathy of Rochester Hills, MI;  Douglas James McDonough and his wife Kelly of McMurray, PA; sister, Mary Margaret McDonough of Tucson, AZ; nieces and nephews, Leyna (McDonough) Singh and her husband Shane, Leslie Anne, David, and Aaron McDonough, Kristen and Jesse Freshwater; and two great nephews and one great niece.

Dale is preceded in death by his father, his Aunt Mary McDonough, and his infant sister.

Family and friends will be received from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with a Rosary said at 7:00 PM.  A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church in Plano, with reception to follow. 

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in lieu of flowers.

To convey condolences or to sign an online register book please visit tjmfuneral.com.


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It has been almost a month since my brother Dale has passed. I have been at a loss for words, what makes this so difficult for me is that Dale was the kindest person anyone could have ever met. He always gave of himself without expecting anything in return. He was so funny, we had the best conversations and often send text messages to each other just to say hello and keep in touch. He was the best big brother a sister could ever ask for. I am forever changed by this. I will miss our talks, laughter and genuine good times we spent together. Dale was one of a kind, he is the kind of man that makes me want to strive to be a better person. Until we meet again Dale, I will forever Love you and Miss you. You have a piece of my heart. I have many wonderful memories that I will cherish forever . Love you're baby sister, Mary Margaret Mary McDonough, April 20, 2012 Dear Sandy, Because I am affiliated with the Pa Dumans facebook page, I learned of the death of your husband. I wanted to send my thoughts, support and prayers. May our loving God bestow on you and your loved ones much inner peace and strength. While I have never met you, I am a cousin to Marilyn Duman McDonough and correspond with her every Christmas. I am so pleased that your daughter placed this announcement on this particular facebook page. May God continue to be present to you in many special ways. Peace! Sr. Bernie Duman, Gallitzin and Agnes Duman's daughter. Sr. Bernadette Duman, CDP, April 12, 2012 When Dale was a lad in school he would never get his assignments done properly because he was too busy gluing someone’s pants to their chair or nailing someone’s book to the desk. With a perpetual mischievous grin, just to remind you that he was already planning his next prank, he always had everyone laughing. Discipline was not his strongest point. It was, therefore, all the more amazing to watch him develop into a serious and disciplined professional man, who took his work, handling multi-million dollar accounts, and getting things just right, very seriously. Nor did he ever lose his sense of humour. He was as funny at 60 as he was at 16. But even more important than all of that was his great heart. Dale thought about people. He took care of them, even when it made his own life harder. Nor did he expect to be rewarded, or even recognized, for his efforts. His love and friendship beam from his face – freely given to all. He was like his father. Dale taught me a lot. He was my brother, my hero, and my friend. The world was a better place for his presence. “We shall not look upon his like again.” Richard Michael mcDonough, March 30, 2012 I have such fond memories of working with Dale in the Real Estate Department at jcpenney. My thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and family during this difficult time. God Bless. Brenda Cummings, March 28, 2012 Dale was one of the first people I met when I joined Real Estate in 1995. He was just one of the kindest most genuine people you could ever miss. I am sad about his passing, but loved the way he lived. Be blessed Sandy and we are praying for you. Denise Moore, March 28, 2012 Dick, Dougie, Duane, and Mary Margaret, i am so sorry for your loss. my brothers and sisters and i have nothing but wonderful memories of the time we spent with our cousin Dale when we were kids! We used to so look forward to visiting on Sundays and getting into trouble together with you guys and Denis. Dale was so much fun and so funny. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life. it is so sad that he is so young. Don't know if it will be much comfort but there is a Dr Seuss saying - don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened. i know a smile will come to my face when i think of Dale. Love, Nancy Nancy Cass Bowen, March 28, 2012 Although we lived many miles apart and I never knew you very well, you were a great help to me with a personal problem. My prayers go out for you and all your family. Aunt Imelda Evans, March 28, 2012 I have nothing but amazing memories of you Uncle Dale. I will miss you so much. My love and prayers to everyone gathering there to celebrate your life. Kristen lynn Freshwater , March 28, 2012