Richard McDonald

Birth Name:
Richard James McDonald
Birth Date:
February 16, 1909
Birth Place:
Manchester, New Hampshire
Death Date:
July 14, 1998
Place of Death:
Bedford, New Hampshire
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Contrary to popular belief Ray Kroc is not the founder of McDonald's restaurants. The true Founders of McDonald's and inventors of the "Speedee Service System" (now commonly known as "fast food") were the New Hampshire natives Richard and Maurice McDonald.

Fun Fact:

Once a year McDonald’s would celebrate “Founders Day” and pay tribute to Ray Kroc – the man who stole McDonald’s from the actual founders Richard and Maurice (Dick and Mac to their friends). It was only after Ray Kroc was dead and buried did the executives of the McDonald’s Corporation begin to recognize the true origins of the infamous restaurant chain. In fact, on November 30, 1984, Richard McDonald, the first cook behind the grill of a McDonald’s, was served the ceremonial 50 billionth McDonald’s hamburger by Ed Rensi, then president of McDonald’s USA, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

To soften the blow, when Dick and Mac sold out to Ray Kroc, Dick bought a lot of McDonald’s stock when it went public and that help soften the blow of having his company stolen from him when the stock dramatically increased.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Mount Calvary Cemetery

474 Goffstown Road

Manchester, New Hampshire, 03102


North America

Grave Location:

Chapel American Saint Columbarium C, Sublot 4C, Space 1

Grave Location Description

As you drive to the cemetery, look for the cemetery office which is directly across the street from the actual burial grounds. Turn into the office and veer to the right and drive to the Mount Calvary Chapel and Columbarium. From the front doors walk all the way through the building until you come to the seats for the alter. Look to your left and the first niche holds the final resting place of Dick and his wife.

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