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 Andrew Weber Donaldson
Born: 02/08/1968
Died: 07/27/2017
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Andrew Weber Donaldson

Andrew Weber Donaldson, of Jersey City, passed away on July 27, 2017.  He was 49 years of age.  Born in New Orleans, Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Connecticut College and his Masters Degree in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans.  Andrew moved to Manhattan more than twenty years ago to work for leading global architecture firms such as Robert A.M. Stern, HOK, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he contributed to the design of One World Trade Center, known at the time as The Freedom Tower.  He most recently worked at HLW International.

Andrew was an amazing father and husband. He had an infectious smile and easy wit and loved playing with his children.  There was always laughter with the kids when Andrew was around.  He was a big kid at heart.  Andrew was fun loving and always celebrated life and enjoyed every experience to the fullest.  An accomplished painter who studied art in France, he loved music and enjoyed playing golf and cycling.  He ran track at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans and was a member of Connecticut College's cross country team.  But most of all, Andrew was a devoted family man who loved his wife of nine years, Marybeth Donaldson and their two beautiful daughters, Audrey and Claire Donaldson.  They were his world and he was theirs.

Andrew was very close to his family.  He was a devoted father, husband, brother, son and uncle.  His gregarious spirit will be missed by all.  He is survived by his wife, Marybeth Bufka Donaldson; daughters, Audrey and Claire Donaldson; parents, Weber and Liz Donaldson; sister, Amy Donaldson and her husband Mickey Selz; sister in law, Kristin Ruiz and her husband Carlos; brother in law, Dale Bufka and his wife Mellisa and his nieces and nephews, Benjamin, Christopher, Milla, Stella, Maddox, Caitlin and Caleb.

Visitation will be held at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey CIty, NJ, 07306, on Monday, July 31, 2017, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  All relatives and friends are invited to assemble at St. Michael's Church, 252 Ninth Street, Jersey City, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 10 AM for the funeral mass.

Interment will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City. 

 
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I remember Andrew coming to our house for our super bowl parties. I always made a big pot of Chili and he'd go back for seconds asking with that big grin on his face, "You got any more of that Chili?" "You gotta give me or Marybeth the recipe." Often I'd be at the park with Marybeth and the kids since our children are friends too and he'd come out to meet us after work. He would marvel at the neighborhood we lived in saying, "I love this neighborhood! You just walk outside and find your friends."
Natalie Picoe
Andrew, always laughing and full of wit. Never a dull moment at work, no matter what the situation. I still have the Baby Jesus from the King Cake you brought to CRI. Ten years later, it was more fun and games and high-rise projects at HLW. I will miss you, old friend. God Bless Richard Snyder
Richard Snyder
May you Rest In Peace dear friend. I haven't seen Andrew in over 10 years when I left SOM and New York. I always enjoyed his humor and his kindness. A group of us went skiing together a few years in a row and had a fantastic time. Marybeth even joined us one year- I believe when theyfirst started dating. Blessings to your whole family.
Kelly Wallace
Our deepest sympathy to all the Donaldsons.
Jim and Jan Gould
I worked closely with Andrew in our company's LA office. His enthusiasm for life, family, and work were evident in our many conversations. Andrew was one of the nicest and smartest colleagues I've ever been around. He will be missed by many, including myself. My deepest condolences to the Donaldson family. Manoj Engineer
Manoj Engineer
April, first day I came back from my father's funeral, he came to my desk warm smiling to me, said, welcome back and sorry for your loss, I'm looking forward to work with you. I mean, I never worked with him before even no talk. His warmness brighten my dark mood, it means a lot to me at that moment, now and ever. I will always memorize his warm and positive personality. And his last smiling face. We all love you, Andrew. Forever ...
Dan Guo
My sincere condolences to the family. I will pray for strength to get you through this sorrowful time.
Sherry Olmstead Tauchus
As a member of your Ben Franklin family, I am so sorry to hear the news. I always saw Andrew's smiling face in the hallways. Radiant! My thoughts to the whole family.
Tiffany Blackmon
I was Andrew's classmate in high school and had the distinct honor of being alphabetized to sit next to him Freshman year in homeroom at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans. He had an infectious smile and was kind to me as not many teenagers early in the morning could be. We had several other classes together over those next four years. I am better for having known him. Peace to you and your family.
Patty Delcambre Said
Andrew's beautiful qualities of love, laughter, warmth and enthusiasm for life will live on through his most beautiful daughters. We are sharing in your sadness as you mourn this tragic loss. May all of your beautiful memories of him help to sustain you.
Scott and Jane Schuett
Andrew will be missed dearly by all. I have fond and clear memories of our years together on the Conn College Track Team; laughs, laughs and more laughs. A stern competitor and faithful friend, I will miss Andrew.
Harold I Pratt
My sincerest condolences to the Donaldson family. Andrew will be terribly missed, especially his sense of humor. Rest In Peace my friend.
Fred
I have so many wonderful memories of Andrew. I was lucky to have classes with him in high school and to be friendly with him. His joy and lighthearted demeanor was infectious - he had such a warm heart. I still think of him when he came over to my house. We were making dinner together for our dates to a school dance. Our dates were in the other room and I had screwed up the meal. I was cooking it and he was my cheerleader stopping me from bursting out in tears by making jokes and helping me keep it right-sized (which for me as a teenager was quite a challenge for him I am sure - still he was so easy going and patient). He made some crazy suggestions I was desperate enough to try and the dish was edible. Only he and I knew what I had done to it and we shared smiles and winks all night. I think of him as a teacher for wearing the world like a loose garment and living in the moment, making the best of things and showing up for others to help them out.
Michelle Bienvenu Pattridge
Our deepest sympathy to Marybeth, Audrey, Claire and all the Donaldson family. Andrew was a beautiful person and will sadly be missed by all.
Jim & Mary Rowe
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Marybeth, Audrey, Claire and the family and friends of Andrew. Other than his friendship, I will miss his wit and humor most. He will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. God Bless.
Kevin Mulcahy
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