Frederick William Donovan, Jr.


Garland - DONOVAN, Jr., Frederick W. 79, of Garland ME, Milton and Boston MA, passed away on October 10, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in Boston, MA, in 1938, Fred was raised in Milton, MA. He graduated from Milton High School in 1956 and Bentley College in 1968. He became a Controller for Litton Itek for many years and after moving to Maine, he continued to subcontract for Litton as well as working at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft in Finance.

Fred made a move to Garland, ME for the second half of his life, where he immersed himself in small town living; acting as E-911 Coordinator for Garland, proudly sat on the Board of the Garland Days Committee for many years, was a benefactor of Lyndon Oak Memorial Library in Garland, sat on the Board of Directors of the Dexter Regional Development Cooperation, and participated in many other community events. Fred's exuberant, warm and kindhearted personality will be remembered by all in both Massachusetts and Maine.

Fred loved to support and share his love of local music, theater and good local food and wine. He helped many of his neighbors and friends and made many steadfast, lifelong friends during his time in both Massachusetts and Maine and he will be sorely missed. To quote his high school yearbook "Humor is the harmony of the heart." He went through this life with a smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eye.

Fred is predeceased by his parents Magdalene and Frederick Donovan (Milton, MA), his Sister Ellen Fallon (Scituate, MA) and his wife Joyce Duren Donovan (Corinth, ME). He is survived by his current partner Patricia Rooney-Marquis (Shawmut, ME); his daughter's Paula Donovan (Taunton, MA) and Dianne Donovan-Bradley, husband Ross Bradley (Milford, MA); step-daughter Donna McClay, husband Jeffrey (E. Taunton, MA), grandchildren Kristina Williams, Paul Williams III, (Taunton, MA), Willow Bradley (Milford, MA), Keith Jones-McClay, Brandin and Brittany McClay (E. Taunton, MA), numerous great-grandchildren and long-time friends Paul Dzialo (Raynham, MA), Judy Wilbur Craig (Dexter, ME) and Diana Greene (Garland, ME).

A small graveside observance will be held on Saturday November 3rd, at 1:00 pm at the Maplewood Cemetery in Garland, ME. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's name may be sent to the Lyndon Oak Memorial Library, P.O. Box 10, Garland, ME 04939.
Published on October 31, 2018
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