Gardiner police, left, and firefighters salute as the remains of William MacDonald are carried into funeral services Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner. MacDonald was Gardiner’s commissioner of public safety, a joint of position of police and fire chief, from 1959 to 1979, then was elected mayor in the early 1980s. MacDonald died Wednesday in Gardiner, where he was born 88 years ago. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Christine MacDonald, and several generations of children and grandchildren.  

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