A great player and a very funny man. He will keep them laughing in Heaven. My Condolences to the Family.
My condolences to all of the Donovans. Art's sister Joan was my father's business partner at Merrill and has been a big part of my life. I only met Art a few times; but, what I have seen and and heard of Art, that Donovan wit and kindness is obvious. He truly led a remarkable life. I am so sorry for your loss. -- Tisch Aitken
Mr. Donovan will be greatly missed by his neighbors, he was the center of our community, bringing families of Thornleigh together for generations. Our condolences to his family for your loss.
Dottie & family, so sorry for your loss-- I will Cherish the stories Art shared with me--- he will suerly be missed,but never forgotten---.
Art was not only a great football player, but a great guy. My favorite story was when he told Johnny Carson that his doctor has ordered him to cut his beer consumption to no more than a 6-pack a day. He then described his search for the 32 oz cans of Foster's from the liquor store that came in a 6-pack. He reported compliance to his doctor. So funny.
To the family of Mr. Art Donovan:
I want you to know that, literally, during his last weekend on this earth, Art Donovan was remembered fondly and talked about extensively by football fans. We were in Canton for the HOF Induction Ceremonies and met/talked with many Raven fans "of a certain age" which meant their first team was the Baltimore Colts. As we're in that age bracket also, it was wonderful to discuss players and games which seem like yesterday and agreeing "they don't make 'um like they used to." (With two couples the conversation became quite heated as we argued which was Mr. Donovan's best line from the Letterman Shows.)
May I extend sympathies to all of his family and friends. He was a part of my football youth ... which I remember more clearly than yesterday.
Marcia Luebcke Meyer,
Green Bay, Wisconsin
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Art Donovan.
He was a terrific football player who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Just heard that your Dad passed away, I am so sorry. My cousins just loved your Dad as he was the love of their life over football. From my cousins stories he and only he could hold their attention. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.
To the Donovan Family,
I was privilaged to take care of your father during one of his hospitalizations.He was always a kind and generous person and will be deeply missed. My family and I are praying for you during your time of need.
Nina M. PrestileoCMSRN
Oh what a team we have in heaven. G>od be with you Donovan family.
I am deeply sorry that I did not get word of the arrangements until today as I would have liked to attend. I will always remember and hold a special place in my heart for Mr. Donovan and for all that he and Mrs. Donovan did to assist in my getting to the US and their hospitality once I was here. I am sorry that we became so distant. It is my hope that we maybe able to rectify that in the future. To you Mrs. Donovan and your wonderful family, you have my sincere sympathy and that of my entire family. May God grant you all the strength needed to continue on life journey. You all will always be in my heart.
Debbie, Christopher and all the Donovans...much love...your dad/grandfather/husband was just the best! We have some terrific memories with you all! You are in our thoughts and prayers...Sarah, Patrick & Riley Hansen
Dottie and family - God bless you all and comfort you as you grieve the loss of Artie. I am one of those many native Baltimoreans old enough to have seen Baltimore Colts games and appreciate our great Colts heritage yet not quite old enough to have seen Artie play. While I didn't have the honor to meet him face-to-face after his playing days, he felt like family for his personality so similar to that of my relatives with roots in South Baltimore. Thank you for the comments at his service today that make us as Baltimoreans feel part of his inner circle. He represented the best of Baltimore and sets a high bar for how to treat others and enjoy life. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by us all.
Mary, thinking of you and your family today....Sam
To Art Jr.
From your friends and the staff of the Sands in Fenwick,
our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,
as you say goodbye todays.
Debbie and Chrissy, I am praying for you and your family. Your Dad was always really nice to us at the club and I will never forget him. I had a lot of fun there. Remember when we crawled into the bar to listen to the men talk!? We were really young! God bless you.
Mr. Donovan, a wonderful, funny, and family oriented person I met a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened with tears when I heard he had passed. My prayers are with the Donovan family, especially Kelly and Lou Mazzulli, and their children Mary and Maggie. My thoughts are with you at this time. Thinking of the fun memories and the good times/laughs. A truly great man is missed by so many. Keeping him in memory, Art will be a legend forever in our hearts.
I met Mr. Donovan in the spring of 1983. I had just pulled onto the parking lot of his Valley Country Cub to finalize my decision to have my wedding reception there. I parked my car got out as Mr. Donovan walked towards me. He stopped me and asked me about my car, I was driving a 1970's red corvette with the "T" top out. He asked how I liked the car and commented he'd love to take it for a ride. I offered him my keys....To which he responded "honey if I get in there. I'm not gonna be able to get out." He was a sweet man and a wonderful human being. I know I will miss him as will so many others. Thank you Mr. Donovan for the wonderful memories, stories and your shining example of what a truly beautiful human being is! God bless you and your family.
I met Mr Donovan twice, at signings in Annapolis and Forest Hills. He said I reminded him of a fellow Colt player which I thought was really cool. A gracious man with a very sincere way about him. God bless #70 and his family. Rest in peace Art.
Rest in Peace Mr. Donovan. Our thoughts are with your family. I had the great pleasure of meeting Art through his daughter Debbie when I worked briefly in Baltimore in the 80's. I had been introduced to him casually one day and then did not see him again until some months later. I was stunned that he remembered my name. I now know that this was one of the fascinating parts of who Art was. He made everyone feel comfortable around him. Part of the business in Baltimore was a fine dining establishment, but there were always cans of Schlitz in the cooler in case he came in. Truly of of the most endearing and genuine people you could have ever hoped to meet. I'm sure he is in heaven having a cold one now. God speed.
I met Art when I was a teenager and attended a Philadelphia Warriors/Boston Celtics game in the late 50s. The prelim was a game between the Colts and Eagles. I told my friends that Art was married to my first cousin (cousin-in-law?) and of course they didn't believe it so we went to the exit from the locker room and when Art came out I introduced myself as the son of (John) Dan Sheck (Dottie's uncle and the Philly branch of the family). Not only was he so gracious but he, along with Jim Mutscheller, took us courtside to watch the Warriors/Celtics game up close and personal. Have enjoyed "Fatso" for years and recommend it to anyone who wants to know what football was in the "glory days". A great man. Condolences to the family (many of whom I've unfortunately never met).
Very sorry to his family he was a great ambassador to NFL Football and as a human R.I.P Mr Donovan
I grew up at 3034 Grand Concourse in the Bronx when Artie's family lived there. Artie went to school with several of my older sisters and older brother. He visited our home many times at family get togethers as he was a good friend of my sister Joan and her husband Jack Murray. When I worked at the New York Athletic Club at age 15 and 16 before entering the U.S. Navy at age 17, Artie's Dad, who was always "Mr Donovan" to me, was kind enough to give me some boxing lessons and training tips in his spare time. always appreciated that. While our paths never crossed again since leaving the Bronx, I have always remembered Artie, his dad who always reminded me of Randolph Scott the Western actor, and his family. Interestingly, my wife's dad, Ulysses J. Bourke also served with Gen. Black Jack Pershing in France (and was his Orderly) as did Artie's Dad. Artie was always proud to say he was from the Bronx and the Bronx was always proud of Artie. May he rest in Christ eternally and may his family know God's peace.
Rev John d'Esterhazy, Sr., McClure, PA 17841
May Arts family find peace and comfort by our heavenly father. Psalms 65;2
I will continue to play "Yours" on the piano at GBMC in memory of our conversations each Wednesday I am there. Our talks about WWII brought back memories, especially your favorite song of that time, Yours.
RIP, not many like you left.
Sorry to hear about you dad. Wish I were there to give you a hug and hold you and talk about your wonderful father.
Much Love, Jabo
Dear Mrs.Donovan, my condolences to you and your family. my thoughts and prayers are with you.
A great man, and a caring person. I remember working for BGE back in the late 60's and I was reading meter's near Art's package good store. It's raining really hard I came in soaked to the skin Art said to me you can't back out like that. He gave me a change and put my clothes in the dryer. We talked about the Colts and Johnny U, when my clothes were dry, I thanked him and he sent me on my way. Rest in peace Artie and my prayers are with the Family.
Artie,you always said how "rotten" I am and you were funny but right on! Oh I loved you so! RIP Artie,I will always love you and the family.
When my daughter was five years old, she was missing her two front teeth. She was among us at a gathering of my whole family at Towson restaurant when we spotted Art Donovan at the next table, having dinner with his wife, daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mutscheller. Art came over to say hello, as, of course, he must have done thousands of times all over Baltimore. I introduced him to my girls and when we got to my 5-year old, he stuck a meaty finger in her mouth and said "Go ahead, kid, bite me... You can't bite me, you ain't got no teeth!" Then he gave her a dollar. Thank you, Mr. Donovan, for helping to make Baltimore the place that I love so well. And thank you to the Donovan family for sharing your husband and father with us. May we all be together again.
Rest in peace Art. Thank you for all the memories on the football field and the humor off the field. God Bless.
My prayers are with the Donovan family. Our dear "Artie"will always be remembered as a gentle giant, wonderful friend, father and husband. I was honored to know him.
Good bye Artie, Heaven is in for a treat with you being there. It was a pleasure to know Artie who always had a story to tell. God Bless you and your family.
May this candle burn bright and shine on the life of Baltimore's "Artie"....he was a good man and we will always love him!Condolences to his family and friends...
Art, a great guy on the field or in front of a camera. Semper Fi Mac, I know your with a lot of Gyrene buddies up there,telling sea stories in a slop chute. Taps buddy and God Bless.
I am sorry for your loss. I met Artie at the old Friendship Airport after a triumphant return to Baltimore after a road game.It was in the mid 50's , and his wife said "Artie make sure you give this little boy your autograph. " A time of true heros, thank you !
I am home with a broken leg, feeling a bit down and then I see Jonny Carson interviewing Art , I knew nothing about Art and almost did not watch it. Sooooo glad I did, I never laughed so hard before , I had to bite my hand to keep quite so I wouldn't wake up my uncle upstairs . Thanks Art for the laughs ! Rob Wiuff
So sorry for the loss of a great guy. Art used to cheerfully carry out cases of beer for us from his store on Sherwood Road. Always a delightful gentleman.
In 49-50 at BC, I was a 17 yr old freshman and Artie was a 25 yr old senior. Those war veterans never lorded it over us. He herded all of us shy freshies and made us go to the acquaintance dance so we could, as he pointed out, we could find and marry and nice Irish lass. "But I am Polish" I pointed out. "That's good. She can marry up." says Artie. He respected life and he respected humanity.
On behalf of my family, my wife Mary and me, I want to express my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Artie.
He was a great teammate of mine at BC, and a wonderful friend. I will always remember some of the tremendous experiences we shared together as teammates. He was fun, inspiring and a loyal man- not only on the ball field, but in life! I feel fortunate to have known him.
Ed & Mary Clasby, BC"50
Our family is very sorry for your loss as we have never forgotten about Art from the time I was a young girl when we lived on Pinewood Ave next door to him and my brother used to play with Debbie and Chrissy (we called ) her when they were all little kids. My name is Sheri(Weese) Evick and my parents are John & Doris Weese. My brothers name was Dickie Weese when he played with your children( which he passed away about 5 years ago now) . My sister & I& my Mother (,as my Father John Weese passed away in 2000)remember your family very well and we are so very sorry for your loss and wish you would give us a call or email me at email@example.com. God Bless you all. Sheri Evick
I am sorry to hear your father passed away. My thoughts are with you.
Chris & Family,
Though I did not know "dad", I will always remember the stories you told about him through the years and the very special bond you both had. May your memories help you all through these times and bring much happiness. LOVE YOU!
Arthur, dear Arthur - you made us laugh, you made us cry, you made us proud. Godspeed my friend.
Mr Donovan will be missed He gave so Much to the Baltimore fans duning His football years, He will always be remember for His dedication and love He had for the game of football.
Please accept our deepest sympathy to the Donovan family from the family of Mae Kelley Green. Some of the stories Mom would share about our Dad, Mel Kelley, and Artie entertained us often. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
I loved to watch you play football and you were the greatest on talk shows. Remember you always.
May you now make your touch downs in Heaven. You'll be remembered by many. May you now RIP....................
Always enjoyed sitting for hours listening to Art tell the most hilarious stories. To Dottie and the rest of the Donovan family our deepest sympathy. There will never be another like him.
Artie was one of the truly wonderful people on this planet. How lucky is Baltimore to have had him here for 60+ plus years. I am about to read the book "Fatso" again so Artie can make me laugh one more time. A great Baltimore Colt but an even greater man. This Schlitz is for you Artie.
Art you one of the last great players who knew how to enjoy life RIP MY PAL
Dear, dear Artie - I wish you happiness in touch down Heaven, and may the Golden Arm be there to give you a great big hug!
you are missed by those of us who grew up watching you onand off the field. May you rest in peace.
Artie, you were no doubt one of the greatest players of all times, it's sad day for football that we'll never see another one like you. R. I. P.
R.I.P my friend job well done
Ms. Dottie, Deb,& Family,
Mr. D was truly one of the nicest men I had the pleasure to meet and know. Getting married at the club, working with you all for the last 10 years, and stopping by the house on a whim while visiting Deb at the mansion are memories I will hold close and cherish for a long time. His kindness, generosity, and sense of humor will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your whole family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you all, as I am just a phone call away.
The first thing I did when I heard Art passed away was smile. That's what I remember about him. He always made me smile. Why is that?
Once in a while, this world is graced by a shining star. Artie was just that, a shining star in the midst of a dark night. His laughter and sense of humor brightened up this world. As a football fan, I will miss his stories. I met him once, and that was at a sports bar of course when he was doing a radio show broadcast. I'll never forget that night, nor will I ever forget Art Donovan; he truly is an icon. My sincere heartfelt condolences to his family. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Thanks for the memories, Art ... you and your teammates meant everything to me ... you enriched the lives of so many ... thank you for your service to our country ...
My Deepest Sympathy, My Dad and I loved Artie, loved his stories, Loved his passion for life. God Bless
R.I.P. Artie. You were a great player and an even greater human being .
My Dear Mr. Donovan;
I will miss you dearly. You were a no nonsense man. I enjoyed your visits to Channel 13 every Friday. I will especially miss your spirit, your stories, and your love for the people of Baltimore. To the Family, my heartfelt condolences to you.
Ar Donovan, everybody who met you through watching football, reading your book or your David Letterman show appearances loved you.
You were totally down-to-earth and unpretentious, a regular guy who became a hero. If our family had grown up in your Maryland, I'm sure we would have belonged to your country club for the sheer fun of it.
You served the church as an altar boy at early Mass, served your country in WWII, and told it like it was with everyone from Don Shula to Gene Lipscomb.
You were a good Catholic. I know you are in heaven with plenty of kosher baloney and kosher salami.
Dottie and the entire Donovan Family:
I am truly sorry for the loss of a dear, special man. I have so many memories of Artie. It didn't matter where he was, he always stopped to speak to a fan. He was a down to earth, caring, trusting man.
I remember Donovan Liquors furnished all my parties. Artie always suggested you just take the liquor home, everything you could possibly need and return what was unopened and settle up AFTER the party. He made life simpler and no one was ever disappointed, thanks to Artie. I remember the liquor store was a meeting place to gather, have a drink and catch up.
I remember when Wendy's first opened and they became his " favorite burger". He raved about them.
I remember the special occasions we had at the country club.
I remember all the parties with the old Colts, laughing and sharing stories.
What stands out most about Artie was his gift for story telling and how he would make us laugh.
Thanks for the memories, Artie, on the field and off. You were a classic, cherished friend to all you met. You sure made the world a brighter place just by being in it. Baltimore, the football community and New York will be at a loss. Our world will seem dimmer without you, but heaven just gained a shining star. Enjoy all your old cronies...I can just hear the stories you are telling now. Rest in peace.
May God's grace be sufficient to see you through these difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Many, many thanks to Artie for his visits to the BC Touchdown Club over the years. All of us diehard fans are very proud that he played for the maroon and gold. It really is great that Art lived large in all ways to the ripe old age of 89! Your retired jersey proudly hangs now and forever in the stadium for all to see for generations to come.
Thank you Art!
What truly wonderful man and a hero of the GREATEST GENERATION, many Christmas' ago my wife bought me "Fatso" I read the whole book that night and laughed out loud my wife woke up and asked what could possibly be so funny I told her just a fellow altar boy God's speed Arty !!!
My father, Art Cesario, was best friends with Art Donovan when they attended Boston College. Art is my brothers Godfather. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away. Annette (Cesario) Terison
My deep sympathy to the Donovan's. Your beloved Art is peacefully resting. You will be reunited in paradise on earth. Psalms 37:29
Thanks for the ride, Art!
Mr.and Mrs. Donovan were always my favorites when visiting Canton.
He will be missed,
It as been a long time since I introduced you to Artie, and the love I saw in you kids. My prayers are always with the family and I know that God will be blessed to hear too, all the stories that Artie always shared. God Bless you much; an old dear friend.
Pastor Thomas M. Brooks
P.S. Artie was a real friend to me.
Dear Dottie and family,
I was shocked to learn of Art's passing. I never think of him that a smile doesn't come to my face. He really was so much fun and so full of life. My heart goes out to all of you at this time of loss and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Dear Kelly, Mary, Debbie, Dottie, and the rest of the Donovan family,
please accept my heart felt condolences in the loss of Artie. For as many times as I have DJ weddings, and pool parties, the best part of my evening was being able to chat with Artie. I think it is safe to say that all of Baltimore and the sports world are feeling your pain, and shedding the tears.
We as Artie fans cherish a lot of memories of him.
I just cant imagine the memories you will cherish of your Dad
it's now time to celebrate and laugh at the life of Artie Donovan.....he was truly a great man, a football icon, and an ambassador to Baltimore and the State of Maryland.
God bless the Donovan Family
Digital Sounds Baltimore
Mobile DJ / Entertainment Service
Debbie and family. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know you will in time be able to smile and at times laugh about your Dad's stories. We were so blessed to have the pleasure to meet your dad at Kerry' wedding. Your dad will be forever in our hearts and may God Bless you and your family. Again God Bless.
Dear Dottie and family,
What a man and what a family. Hugh and Vi Fischer introduced us to your family and we always love every minute with your gang. I know the first thing Artie did when he passed through the pearly gates was blow his horn on the golf cart and Hugh was there with a 24 oz. Schiltz. Hugh loved every minute spent with him and you. You gave Vi another life working with you guys at the club. So many stories and pictures we have. Thanks so much for giving my Dad a really good friend. We raise a Schiltz to Artie.
Love Hugh and Judy Fischer
it is a sad day in my life, another one of my childhood heroes has passed. tonight i willgo outside and look skyward to the stars. one will be wearing 19, and the one next to him will have a schilitz in his hand. god bless fatso.
Addendum: Dorothy, in Art's memory I am having hotdogs tonight. Mike Roarke
Dorothy, I was sorry to hear of Arthur's passing away. He will certainly be missed by everyone. My personal sympathy. Mike Roarke
He was just bigger than life, both on and off the field. As a native Baltimore gal, my memories of the Colts are some of my best.
A true human being. Kind soul and an ICON. You will be missed and we are all blessed to have made your aquaintance.
A great WWII Marine, and one of the Greatest Baltimore Colts of all times.
I was able to sit down with Art back in 1996, at Harry's on main street, Westminster, Md., and eat lunch with him.
Art was only a P.F.C. in the Marine Corps, but he love the Marines, after he got out he went back home to New York, in the Bronx. He told me about joining the Marine Corps, when he came back home from the Marine Recruiter, his father was setting on the front steps. He said to his father, dad I join the Marines, his father turn and look up and yell! out to his wife, "MARY!" come say good bye, your son is going to die, he join the Marines.
Well he made it back home from the War, years have gone bye, then one day he come home and his father was setting out side on the front steps again, and Art said dad I join the "Baltimore Colts". His father turn and look up and said "MARY!" come and say good bye, your son is going to die, he join the "Baltimore Colts". Well Art was a lot of fun talking to, I will miss him.
We all known that he is reporting in at the "Pearly gates of God's Kingdom" were he has many good friends there to greet him, Marines, Baltimore Colts, and all the people he has touch in his life time here on earth. God sent Art to us all, to love and make us Happy, well Art has done a great job. I will never forget that day in 1996.
Semper Fidelis Marine Donovan
Ken Carter USMC Mt. Airy, MD.
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ART DONOVAN ON OR OFF THE FIELD.THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES. REST IN PEACE ARTIE.
Dear Dottie and Family,
It is with a heavy heart I write to you today. I had the pleasure of spending time with you and Artie along with my wonderful boss, Leroy Merritt. I will forever cherish those memories of our dining together and hysterically laughing while Artie and Leroy shared their wonderful stories. I especially enjoyed our brief time together in Aspen. Artie's huge heart and infectious humor will be terribly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless and Peace be with you....
Dauphne Lee Bitzel,
Merritt Properties, LLC
Artie...you were a hero to many people...not because of your days with the the REAL BALTIMORE COLTS..but because of your love for the the city of Baltimore and the fans. ...May your memory be blessed.
Dear Donovan Family,
I remember all the great times we had on the "Bus" to the Baltimore and DC Games to watch Art play. Also the victory dinners/dances at the Club... But most specially, I remember how excited happy Dottie and Art were when their baby boy was born!!! Those birth announcements with the Colt's # 70 on it told the whole story. Art will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless and comfort you all. Dr. Janet M. Taylor Schneider
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.
Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.
Thank you for your service to this nation.
Thanks for being such a good friend to my family & me at MICKYS at sparrows point
& for the good films and talk you gave at st Charles college about colts winning the championship in 1958
To Christine and the entire Donovan famiy~ Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. Although we never met him, it sounds like he was a wonderful man, husband and father. May your wonderful memories of him bring you comfort and peace. The Mead Family: David, Sheila, Caroline, Riley and Owen
May he rest in peace.As a retired Country Club Manager,I saw Art and his wife Dorothy at Conference every year.What a great man with a wonderful sense of humor.My sympathy to the entire Donovan Family.
A ledgend in his own time! As a little boy - my hero- a great friend to my father! May God bless his soul.
With Love - the Graziano Family
From the Graziano Family
To the Donovan Family, my deepest regards and sympathies are with you ALL.
To: Mrs. Dot if you need ANYthing....please let me know. (Jenn R. from JHOC Pharmacy)
Donovan family...I was so sorry to hear about Art's passing. I only knew him the the radio shows and seeing him on tv so many times. What a great guy he was. Always had everyone laughing every minute. I know he will be missed by all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you......
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
In recognition of Art Donovan's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD as of well as the members the Tri-Cities Detachment # 969, Gray, TN of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115 & # 969
Dear Christine and members of the Donovan Family, Please accept our most sincere sympathy on your loss. Chris, you may remember getting me an autographed photo of your Dad, which still hangs proudly on my Wall of Fame.I have fond memories of those famous LIMRA events. Please know that we will keep your Dad, and your family in our prayers, and we know he is in a better place. God bless, Mike & Nancy Austin, Brewster, Ma.
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Donovan family & friends wherever they may be. God bless 1 & all. Many thanx for so very many special memories over so very many years.
I'll never forget meeting you,when my Dad worked for you at the package good store and signing my Colt book. I know you are going to haven.God bless you and your family.
I had the honor of meeting both you and Art on the plane ride home a few years ago from Puerta Vallarta to Baltimore sitting with you both. I had absolutely no idea who your husband was, until it was you that told me halfway through the plane ride. We talked about so much and I never laughed so much. When we landed, Art looked over to me and said "Becky, I don't remember a lot of faces and people anymore, but I will NEVER forget your hair style!" Not only did we laugh, but the entire plane and crew. It was one of the best memories I will ever have in my lifetime. I was so honored to have met both Art and you as well, and I send to you my deepest sympathy and love during this most difficult time.
To the Donovan Family,
My thoughts and condolences go out to you. Even though it is more then 25 years since I worked for you at the country club, I remember those days well. Art was an incredibly big hearted man. You should be proud of how many people, like me, he touched throughout his life. God Bless.
Donovan Family, Our deepest condolences to all of you. He was such a nice friendly man. We were members of the Valley Country Club for years. As a child I remember all of the gatherings at the club and how he made them special.
They do not make them like Art Donavan anymore. Rest in peace Artie.
WHAT A GREAT GUY....I WILL MISS OUR VISITS IN PUERTO VALLARTA. THEY JUST DONT MAKE EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE. JOE HENRY JENKINS
Art you were an American Classic !
IF ART WEIGHED 300 POUNDS THAT WEIGHT WAS HIS HEART. WE MET ARTIE in 1990 WHEN HE CAMD TO NJ TO HELP DEBORAH HISPITAL RAISE FUNDS AT OUR FIRST ANNUAL NFLPA GOLF AND TENNIS TOURN. HE DIDNG PLAY GOLF BUT HE CAME EVERY YEAR AND WREAKED HAVOC WITH THE GOLF CART..AND SOME SCHLITZ ON THE SEAT NEXT TO HIM. HIS LEGENDARY EATING Was NO EXAGERATION AS A JOKE I HAD 100 KOSHER HOTDOGS PUT IN HIS ROOM AT THE CLAridge HOTEL AND THE NEXT MORNING THERE WERE 34 MISSING. I LAsT SPOKE TO ARTIE ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO AND WE TALKED aboutT US DRIVINBG DoWN TO SEE EACH OTHER SOON. HE TRULY LOVED HIS WIFE AND KIDS AND HE TOLD MD THAT IF IT WERENG FOR DOTTIE..HE WOULD HAVE NOTHING. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO DOTTIE AND THE ENTIRE DONOVAN FAMILY. ARTIE WE MISS YOU ALREADY.
STEVE AND JILL GROSSMAN
Met you through your sister Joan,friends and coworkers for many years,one of the many nicest things she ever did was to proudly introduce me to your dad and to you....may Heaven have enough Schlitz and salami....God rest you and give Peace to the family Jim travers NYC
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
To the family of Art Donovan you have my deepest sympathy. in the loss of your father and husband . My husband and I met Art Donovan in a Restaurant in town here and his wife and he talked with us like he new us all his life . My father was a great fan of the Colts too . I remember seeing you at the "Golden Arm" Restaurant many years ago . Your love of family and friends , but now you go in peace and your wonderful memories of you life will always be with us . Thanks for making football Great .
My dad, Tom Stoecklin & his brother Leo grew up with Art at the Grand Concourse Apartments in the Bronx. Rest in Peace, our friend. P.S.: Pops forgives you for all the "pink-bellies" you administered. Say Hi to Pops and hoist a few for us.
I had the plesure of meeting Mr. Art when he was a Lorian, Mays Chapel back in September, 2013. Mr. Art and Mrs. Dotie were sitting in the lobby of the facility watching the Raven's game on the big screen TV. I went over to him and his wife and introduced my self and my nephew to them. Before you know it, he made friends with my 11 year old nephew and "Ali" wheeled him back to his room and came to his grandmothers room to get Mr. Art a Jelly Turn Over. He took to back to Mr. Art and his wife said wait until after you eat your dinner. Art said "No I'm eating it now". They were so nice to my nephew. When I would visit mom and see them they would ask where Ali was.
This world would be a lot better place if we had more Art Donovan's. R.I.P. 'Fatso,' we'll miss you.....
Dear Dottie - I was just a kid growing up near Belvedere and The Alameda. Used to go with my dad to Artie's liquor store weekly. The day I turned 21 I went in by myself to get our weekly order, ready to proudly show Artie my driver's license. He just said, "Happy birthday, Honey! You're dad wouldn't let you come in unless you were legal!" Years later, when I had married (Witkowski) and joined the Club, Artie remembered me, my father, my brother, our last name (Kallina). He was just remarkable like that. I'll also never forget you personally and how good you and the Club were to me during a difficult time. You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. I am grateful you have so many people who loved Artie to share their love of him and their memories with you. May they help sustain you. Blessings always.
Another one of my childhood heroes is gone now. I was saddened to hear of the death of another of the REAL colts, Art Donovan. I can remember the two great championship games the colts won in 58 and 59 against the giants. His stories always made me laugh. I just ordered his autobiography "FATSO" thank goodness for NFL films we can see just how great he was. I am so glad that he finally earned his place in the pro-football hall of fame. My prayers go out to his family at this sad time. God Bless You Art and thank you for the great career you had. You will never be forgotten.
I loved to watch him on tv with Tom Davis. The two made me laugh when they laughed. Art you will be missed dearly.
Art Donovan--when men were men. What a tremendous loss.
RIP Artie we will miss you and your sense of humor. If you you never met him you have missed a ton of laughs.
Dear Donovan Family:
I am sorry for your loss. Art was a great man, and I truly loved his stories and the warmness Dottie and Art extended to my mom and me when visiting my restaurant Fedeli in Canton, Ohio.
My thoughts and prayers with Art and the Donovan Family.
I remember Artie from his days, first, at Boston College. He played with my uncle, Butch Songin, and would come out to visit with the family. Being of Polish decent, Artie loved my grandmother's cooking. Of course, Artie always was the life of the party with his ability to keep everyone laughing. I will always remember Artie as a kind and friendly person as well as his football skills. I watched him every chance I got when he was a "COLT". RIP Artie and keep them laughing.
Mr. Artie will always hold a special place in my heart. He and Dottie were my first employer as a lifeguard at The Valley Country Club! Cleaning the pool, guarding the children, whistle blowing for the long awaited and deserved adult swim was Artie's all time favorite, because I would step down from the chair in the sky and bring him a cold Schlitz! The fond memories and all of the celebrations with Joe Campanella, Johnney U, Don Shula, John Stedman, Vince Bagley and my late Godfather, Larry Surock, 1952 Soccer Olympian!
Love to All!
Linda Patti Lewitt
My condolences to the family!
Enjoy County Heaven Art. Your fellow Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
Great guy, great player. Crack open a Natty Boh for old times sake. Let's go you Baltimore Colts - for Baltimore and Maryland you will march on to victory
he always had time for -friends --CHILDREN --FANS -AND KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT -A GREAT PERSON --THESE IDIOTS TODAY SHOULD BE HALF OF WHAT REAL PLAYERS SHOULD BE. RIP YOU BELONG IN HEAVEN ARTIE -THANKS FOR EVRYTHING (THE MEMORIES )
A true son of the game, Art was the example of what made football great to our generation. A get in your face and make you beat the crap out of him type of guy. Too bad that the game has changed to the point that it is almost unwatchable. We'll miss you Art!
Dear Family of Art Donovan,
A great man and great football player has left us. I am proud to have shaken his hand at an event. My copy of his book "Fatso" will always be cherished.
With Sincere Sympathy,
I was so sad to hear of Mr. Donovan's passing. He was truly one of a kind. My favorite memories of him were answering his fan mail in the upstairs office of Valley Country Club. When I would ask him to sign in a certain way, sometimes he would look at me in is inimitable way and say, "Your qwazy (crazy) you know that." Another favorite was when my Dad was coming to the Father's Day brunch at VCC, and I had one of his 8x10 glossies, and I asked him to write something inspiring on the photo. I said remember my Dad has 5 children - 4 girls & 1 boy just like you. Again - the look. I came back to get the photo and Mr. D. had written "To Bill, Best Wishes, Art Donovan. Sigh. I have so many of those great, funny memories. He was a kick!! He will greatly missed. My thoughts are with all of you - Mrs. Donovan, Debbie, Chrisssie, Arty, Mary and Kelly.
I am sure masses will be said at Chestnut Hill, in St Mary's Chaple for this great alumni, and memeber of the BC Hall of Fame, who loved and remembered by all.
G Roberge '63
What a character! I loved to listen to him talk. Rest in peace. Condolences to the family. A Fan in Baltimore
I was in Annapolis one day and I saw Art relaxing on a bench at Ego's Alley. I struck up a conversation with him and he was everything every said about him, jovial, humorous,like a big teddy bear. The kind of guy you just wanted to hug and tell him what a great player and personality he was. I will always remember him this way.
A true one-of-a-kind. I don't believe I've ever met another person as comfortable in their own skin as Art Donovan. Whether having a beer in Baltimore or sitting on Johnny Carson's sofa before millions on The Tonight Show, he made everyone feel like an old friend. His passing is a great loss to Baltimore, but the Angels are no doubt being regaled with some very funny stories today. God Bless you and your family.
Kelly & Lou,
Sending lots of hugs.
Katherine and Michael Foley
Remember seeing Mr. Donovan play on an old b-n-w tv in the mid 50s. Thanks to Mr. D for all the good games
Artie, You will be missed...God bless....
he was very nice fellow, when we were in valley country club pool. He always wave at me, because i was only one deaf in the pool. I do missed him. my family adore him and love going to the pool during 60s to 80s. sorry for your loss, pray for your families
A great 'old school' athlete. They don't make them like Mr. Donovan anymore, this is for sure. Rest in Peace, sir.
One of the "All-Time" favorites and an all-around great guy. We'll miss you, Artie.
Although I am only 59 years old, I still remember the stories my dad told about Artie. We were season ticket holders of the BALTIMORE Colts from 1963 until that fateful day of the Mayflower invasion. I always thoroughly enjoyed the banter and stories that Artie regaled us with when on the Baltimore TV stations, especially with Tom Davis. I never got tired of his stories. He was truly an awesome man first and football player second. It is ironic that he should pass at the time for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. May the family and friends find comfort in knowing that Artie is now back on the gridiron and regaling God with his stories. He is now at peace with His maker. RIP Artie and God bless all BALTIMORE Colts fans everywhere!!! Ron Malehorn
My wife worked for Haas Tailoring, where Artie had some of his suits made. I also had the good fortune of meeting him. A gentleman always. A delightful man, who will be sorely missed! God Bless you Artie, and God Bless the Donovan family.
Richard & Maureen Roksiewicz
in God's care rest in peace
Are was an ICON of Baltimore and a real player of the game.
Rest in peace Mr.Donovan.You were a great football player,A great man and the best damn story teller I ever heard.My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.there is a whole lotta laughter in heaven today!
Art's NJ & PVR gang will surely miss him.
Eddie, Jack, & 2 Richies....
Art was pleasure to be around & with, his personality was genuine,his humor as well will be remembered.
one of the greatest!! They'll be laughin' up there. Condolences to Art's family.
I was to young to see him play but watched him on T.V.He always had great stories. He seemed to be a gentle giant. God bless.
Whenever we attended an event at "Dottie's" and Art's Valley Country Club, I would never fail to stop and talk to Mr. Donovan. One time he mentioned he was under strict orders from his doctor to limit his beer drinking to one six pack a day. He laughed and pulled up six "quarts" from behind the bar. We visited with him on this pas June 22. He was in bad shape and it was very difficult to understand him. I reminded him of his six pack comment and he held my hand and smiled that he remembered it.
Heaven just became an even more delightful place.
one of the best ever, a great funny man. Rest in pease my friend.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
We will miss a legend in the Baltimore community. Artie will be remembered for his play with the Colts and his many stories.
Art did a one day engagement for my company at our annual golf tournament one year. The funniest person that I ever met. After the event was over he and his teammate Art Spinney went back to his hotel with two dozen hamburgers and hotdogs with a case of Schlitz. I still laugh St his after dinner speech. The greatest.
Condolences to the Donovan family.Art was a "real" guy both on and off the football field.When he spoke we fans listened to his yarns and had a belly laugh.The Baltimore community and football lost a gem and we will remember him as a player and a person. Rest in peace.
We'll miss you old friend. From one who's team was and always will be The Baltimore Colts. Good old 70. What a chacter too. My kinda guy. Go well.
One of the greatest ever. The City of Baltimore has lost the best friend they ever had. He was something else. My sincerest condolences to Art's family and the Baltimore Colt family.
I met Art through his wife Dorothy while I General Manager of several Country Club in the Virginia and North Carolina areas. I found him to be one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining persons I have known. To his family and friends we have lost a great person.
In many ways, Artie was indestructable. However, Father Time gets us all. I was a member of his Valley Country Club for several years and valued Artie's eternal friendliness. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be missed especially by his devoted family. My sincere sympathy to all of you in this time of grief. Rest in peace, Artie!!
I am a Baltimore native and my wife and myself met Artie at a radio show he had at a tavern in Towson. When he asked my name I said David and Cindy Bilenki. I told Artie to just call me blinky. He laughted and said he would rember me. A few weeks later we went to see his show and when he saw us he yelled out blinky . Right? He came over to us to shake my hand and thanked us for coming by. A great man and a great loss.
I remember Art very well, in a way he shaped my life; Almost 40 yrs ago he had a package good store, I worked for BGE, on a summer day, raining like hell,I cane into read his meter, soaked to the skin, he said to me you can't go back out there out like that. he had a dryer in the back of the store. While drying we talked and what a great guy he was. Rest in peace Artie, my prayers to the Donovan family.
Although,I was very young when Art played for the Colts,I grew to know him through his appearences on late night talk shows.I especially remember him from the Letterman show.He always had great stories that, ultimately,had you in tears with laughter!He was one of the all-time greats and will be missed!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Donovan, in of all places, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was winter of 1999/2000 and it was my last night working as a 'greeter' at a restaurant south of town called 'El Set'. Mr. Donovan walked in one evening with two women who - if memory serves correctly - he said were his wife and sister-in-law. Believe it or not, I recognized him immediately (I think I had seen him on the Tonight Show a few months earlier??) and called him by name. He seemed a bit surprised, but was extremely friendly. We chatted for a minute and I asked if I could buy him a drink. He said "sure" and we went to the bar while his lady companions went to their table. We sat at the bar for a couple of hours talking football and joking around (thus, my last night of employment!). To this day, it was one of the most enjoyable encounters of my life. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Watched and laughed with him and the rest of the viewers on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The world needs a lot more Art Donovans. Thank you for the laughs.
What a wonderful person Artie was. I was so happy that he took the time to meet with me and sit and talk with me at length at the bar in his country club during our neice's wedding reception. What a gifted story teller and person he was. A very sad day for the older football fans that saw him play the game. My deepest sympathies to the Donovan family. You were certainly blessed to have him with you for so long.
A true class act. You are going to be misses!