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February 19, 2014
To the family of Mr.D. please know he was loved by our family and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. What a special man he was. He is with the Lord now but is smiling down on us all. Peace, The Gamble Family
February 13, 2014
Bob,you will forever have a special place in my heart. Looking forward to seeing you in the future, this time for eternity.
February 13, 2014
THE OCEAN

He is the Ocean, that is all around you, Supporting you, the Vessel of dreams.
He is the wind, that is all around you, giving the power to fill your sails, to cross the roughest seas.
He is the light, that is all around you, shinning your path home, through the darkest nights.
He is the friend that is all around you, loving you, protecting you, children now grown.
He is the Ocean, that is all around you, supporting your soul, your heart, the vessel of joy, love, hopes, and dreams.

My prayers to Mr D's Family, and all touched by him, I love him very much, and forever grateful for all he did for my mother when she was at LHS and then also helping me when I went to LHS after returning from Mississippi , with out Mr D's help, I could not have attended school, nor have the life my family and I now enjoy, I will truly miss you, but you will always live on in the lives you have touched . R.I.P. Rob Lane , Class of 1992
February 12, 2014
Mr.D..u held us ALL to A higher standard....which showed us ALL what were made of and what all can and should..
January 29, 2014
Bob (Mr. D), You will always be remembered and admired as one who truly cared about his fellow teachers, staff, and students at Ledyard High School (Your extended family). You celebrated with us in our proud moments of achievement; you provided sage advice and guidance when we needed help; and you listened when we needed to vent. I'm extremely blessed and honored to have called you "teacher", "mentor", but most of all "friend." It's always hard to say farewell to those who meant so much to us, and you will be sorely missed my friend. My deepest sympathy to your family.
January 23, 2014
Mr.D. As a school teacher to Assistant Principal. You will never be forgotten.You made a difference in so many lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Clara Schramm Kopycienski
January 22, 2014
Mr. "D".
I will always remember (like it happened yesterday) the first time that we met in my freshman year and you took the time to comfort me and proceeded to guide me, making sure I stayed out of trouble throughout my High School years. I have found it so rare to find a person with the qualities you so eloquently possessed - qualities that inspired and provided a profound positive influence on those who knew you. Thank you for your friendship and guidance. You will NOT be forgotten.
Godspeed
January 22, 2014
Thank you, you will never be forgotten.
January 21, 2014
Bob was a colleague and friend. We taught together at Ledyard Center School and Gallup Hill School in the beginning of our careers. He was an excellent teacher and administrator, but most of all he cared for his students. He touched many lives and helped save many kids. He will be missed.
January 21, 2014
R.I.P Mr. D. Long live your legacy.
January 20, 2014
Mr. D. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. You were an Angel here on earth (in a mystical, ninja sort of way) The lessons you taught us through your daily example will always remain with me. You walked the walk of Love and Compassion, of Discipline and Friendship. It is not something that is easy to balance yet you did it with grace and style. Your legacy is something to behold! They make movies about people like you!! I would say that you are a one-in-a-million kind of man, but I would be wrong...You, my friend, are ONCE IN A LIFETIME!! I am so grateful to be witness to it in my lifetime. God bless you, "Sir"!

My Deepest Gratitude and Love,

Carolyn L. (Monaco) Bueno
Ledyard High School Class of 1986
January 20, 2014
Strength, integrity, and true grit. That's what Mr. D taught me in the absence of a dad. I am forever grateful and humbled.

Thank you, Mr. D.

I love you.
January 19, 2014
You will forever walk by my side in this world....I will see in the next journey?
January 19, 2014
"Educators affect eternity" and you are a shining example of that sentiment. Your legacy will live on through many of us for years and years to come. Thank you, Mr. D. for all the kids you helped over the years. jan (main) Roberta, class of 72.
January 19, 2014
Mr. D, I was so angry when my father passed away, and I knew not where to go, or what I was supposed to do. I was so angry at the world, had so many questions, and was given very few answers. I started acting out in class, skipping school all of the time,and just seeming to not care about anything anymore, let alone myself. Then that one day at school, when you saw me standing alone in the hallway, I remember you came up to me and put your hand on my shoulder..and I looked at you, and said "I don't know what's wrong with me Mr. D..." and you stood there and just held my shoulder and said "I know Deanna...I know..." And then you let me be to myself. And just after you walked away, I simply broke down.
You were for that year like a father to me, hoping I'd see my self worth, yet realizing it may take a bit of a journey to find that very gift. Well, I found it Mr. D...and what a journey it was, but now I understand, and now I'm the one that knows.
I am a designer at eb, and a local area historian, and just yesterday, I and a dear friend of mine and the other half's traveled to Cobalt CT to see an old rr tunnel from the 1800s. I asked him to take a photo of me at the entrance of it, and just as he was about to take the picture, I thought of you, and extended my arms out to let you know, that because of you, I now fly free...
I love you Mr. D , you shall always be my Mr. Dad...
January 19, 2014
thank you ...... there to many words to many emotions so i will just say Thank You. GOD BLESS YOU and your family.
January 18, 2014
I still can't believe you are gone. You were a wonderful and caring man. My heart goes out to your entire family. I will miss you Mr. "D". Fly High!
January 18, 2014

What a beautiful tribute to Bob today. It was an honor to be there. The photo of Bob at a dance is with my sister Mary Beth!
Best to all,
Susie Donovan
January 18, 2014
Though it has been over thirty years since Mr.D, had a direct influence on my life, I will forever remember his stern yet gentle guidance, and his caring for our future success. Thank you Mr.D.

Jason Marineau- Class of 1980
January 18, 2014
Since I cannot be there today to pay my respects, I do so from afar. Blowing bubbles to heaven and lighting a candle from WA for you, Mr D.
January 18, 2014
For a life well lived and a truly amazing legacy, thank you Mr. D for your lasting gifts. See you in heaven.
LHS Class of '78
January 18, 2014
Bob - Mr. D - you left the world you found a much better place. For all of us whose path crossed with yours, you were a lifelong friend, a source of inspiration, respect, and encouragement, and a leader by your humble example. We grieve for you and your family, but celebrate the life you lived and the long coattails of your legacy. (Dave Schmidt, Class of 1984)
January 18, 2014
you were there when i needed you the most ...FOR THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU----HARD TO BELIEVE BUT I BELIEVE MAN UPSTAIRS HAS SERIOUS COMPETITION BY HIS SIDE
January 18, 2014
Mr. D., though you and I only knew each other a short while, your memory has stood with me over the years. You were truly one of the kindest hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and will miss you dearly. See you on the other side, someday.
January 18, 2014
January 18, 2014
Rip. Mr D
You still are the best. We will hear you knocking on all the heaven doors.
January 18, 2014
My deepest most sincere condolences to the Donovan family and all of Bob's loved ones. He will always be loved, respected and never forgotten. The heavens have a new angel to look out for us now. We'll miss you terribly, Mr D.
January 18, 2014
January 18, 2014
Mr. D when you walked through the doors of LHS, you changed and impacted our lives in a positive way that we have carried with us on our individual journeys in this life. I just want to thank you for all you have done. There will be no one that will ever take your place in our hearts or at LHS. You will be truly missed, but never forgotten. R.I.P my dear friend. I know you're watching down on all your LHS kids. We love you. 1/18/2014???
January 18, 2014
Bob, you were all these things to all of us. You were a humble man who taught us all to be loving, accepting and fair with others as you were to all of us. There have been very few men who have walked the Earth that led by those virtues and inspired generations to be better than they ever thought they could be. You are loved and will be dearly missed.
January 18, 2014
Mr. D - You will always live on in the thousands of students that you impacted in such a meaningful way. Thank you and Rest in Peace.

Brian McCann, Class of 1998
January 18, 2014
Condolences to the Donovan family. Mr. D will live on in all of you, and all his LHS kids. We were truly blessed the day he walked through the door at Ledyard High School.
January 18, 2014
Mr. D was one of a kind he was loved by all. He will be terribly missed by everyone he touched. He was a great mentor and gave good advice on anything u had a question or concern with. Love and miss u Mr. D....
January 18, 2014
Personally, I will miss Mr. D for the rest of my days. Rest well my friend, you have earned every accolade and more than could ever be bestowed upon you. If we were still a colony of England, you would most certainly be know as Sir D.
January 18, 2014
Those of us who started at LHS when the doors first opened know it was the staff who made us feel we were part of family. Many of the teachers were not much older than us, or at least we felt their support as if they were our older siblings, watching out for our welfare above all else. Mr. Donovan was one of them, and now we are old enough to realize how important they were to us. I'm proud to have been at LHS as Mr. D came up through the ranks. He was a peach, a very special example to all of us of caring and respect, and above all, dealing with life with compassion and humor.
January 18, 2014
We were all blessed to have Mr D in our lives. He touched so many people in such a positive way. I will never forget him. Jeanne Armour Abel. Class of 1980
January 18, 2014
Thank you for sharing Mr. D with us-his students over the years. His legacy lives in each and every one of us that went through the Halls of Ledyard. The lessons learned from him, the way to handle life, to strive for happy whatever that means for the individual is what I remember and carry with me. I also learned to use "a look" that speaks volumes without speaking a word. Again thank you for sharing him. Class of 1986.
January 18, 2014
We have been honoring you all week Mr. D, and there just do not seem be enough words to adequately express our admiration, love and thanks for all you did and who you were to so many! As you are laid to rest today, I will remember and carry with me your "To Do List" words. Sending prayers to your family and all those you whose hearts you have touched throughout the years. RIP ~ Class of 75 ~
January 18, 2014
By the way, Debbie Hansen Hudd, Class of 1975
January 18, 2014
Even the skies weep today as we say goodbye to our Mr. D. I'll never forget your guidance through rough waters, your calm presence in difficult and sometimes frightening times, your joys with our triumphs, your comfort with our sorrows. Long after we had walked away from LHS you remained available, nurturing and kind. One thing is quite certain- you are loved. I never ever heard a cross word about you, even when we strayed from the narrow path. And you loved us... you must have had the biggest heart. I'll miss your 'updates', your visits to my facebook wall to comment on family events, knowing you were there. You still are but in a different way now. Now you're at your deserved reward. And in my heart forever. To Sir, With Love... Debbie Hansen Hudd
January 17, 2014
Our condolences go out to the Donovan family. When we look back and think about high school, we will always remember Mr D. walking the hallways of LHS. I will always be thankful that I got to attend a school during a time that had employees like Mr. D. looking out for all of us. You take that for granted when you're a kid but now more than ever it is apparent to me that he definitely had a pulse on what was happening in the school. It was a pleasant surprise to see him at our 20th class reunion which is a clear example of the type of dedication he had over the years to LHS. Thank you Mr. D.

"The best way to honor someone who is not with us anymore is to continue living our life and keep their memory alive through everyday actions."
January 17, 2014
It has been nearly 40 years since I graduated from LHS, but one of the most impressive qualities about Mr. Donovan that I still remember is his uncanny ability to really understand young people - a rare gift! May he rest in peace, and always be remembered. Class of '74
January 17, 2014
A wonderful person and a gentleman. Your legacy will always remain with all of us.
Thank you for your kind spirit and good heart. You will be missed.
Bill Leavy, Class of 73
January 17, 2014
A true gentleman, in all senses of the word. Kept us pointed forward, even when we were tempted to go astray.
Thank you Mr. D.
January 17, 2014
Mr. D was a wonderful person. A quiet leader looking after those entrusted to him.
January 17, 2014
To the Donovan Family,
Know that Mr. D was a mentor, a friend, a willing listener, and a shining example of what everyone should strive to be. I am proud and humbled to have known such a great man. His dedication to the students of LHS will never be forgotten.
-Donna Blackman, Class of 87
January 17, 2014
Mr "D" taught us all how to pay it forward. I am so grateful and blessed to have him in my life.
January 16, 2014
Mr D. A friend, a leader, a teacher, and involuntary father to many of us. I will miss him (class of 80)
January 16, 2014
My condolences to the entire Donovan family. Mr. D was one of a kind who was respected and loved by so many. He will be missed. Class of '85
January 16, 2014
We've all heard, "What can just one person do?" Mr. D changed so many lives. The word that always comes to mind is "Fair". He always listened to all sides of an issue before passing judgement. I think we were more afraid of disappointing him than our parents. There was a mutual respect that we don't see today, though we need it more than ever. And yes, I can still see him walking the halls, rapping on the bathroom doors. Say "Hey" to John Sylvia for me.
Thank you to the Donovan family for sharing such a great man.
January 16, 2014
Mr. D was one of a kind. He will be missed. Rest in peace Mr. D
January 16, 2014
It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I attempt to convey my deepest sympathies...Please know that you and your family are in my heartfelt prayers at this difficult time. It was an honor to have known Bob and to be considered his friend. He was a mentor to me and was a very significant influence. He will be sorely missed. Vince - Class of 78
January 16, 2014
What an amazing man Mr. D was. He had a heart of gold and helped mold so many of us into who we are today. Thank you Mr.D.
January 16, 2014
To me, as he was for so many of us, Bob was giving, gentle and strong, as needed. He accepted us in our lesser moments but kept faith as well, and in doing so encouraged the best in us. He was a blessing. Good bye old friend.
January 16, 2014
A great person who was a terrific educator and an even greater friend. You will be sadly missed by many. May god rest your soul.
January 16, 2014
Dear Donovan Family,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of you brother and uncle.....like every other member of the LHS community , I share your grief. Mr.D. was a fine man, witty,bright,patient and kind...the best possible role model for high school students, always fair,always someone whose respect you wanted to earn. Every LHS grad and community member has a story to tell about Mr.D....he touched us all , and we were all better for having crossed his path. He will remain part of my fondest memories.
January 16, 2014
For many of us during the time of transition from child to adult, Mr. D was a willing listener, an occasional lecturer, but always an optimist, believing before we did that we had something to offer the world. He was a great roll-model, and we are better people for having had him cross our paths so many years ago.
May God Bless his soul.
January 16, 2014
Mr D,
Your were a gentleman and a scholar, loving, kind and generous. We'll all miss you very much.

James Popp LHS class of '69
January 16, 2014
The world is a much sadder place with Bob's passing. He meant so much to so many. My prayers go out to his family and friends at this time. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.
January 16, 2014
I am starting my career as an educator. Mr. D. is one of my role models that I hope to emulate and carry on his compassion and structure to my students. He was truly inspiring even after his retirement. All of his past students were treated and cared for as his own children. He was a father to us all.
January 16, 2014
When god made Mr. D...he broke the mold.....he truly was one of a kind...and me and all the people who's lives he touched are better off for it...RIP...Mr.D Class OF "76"
January 16, 2014
Dear Mr.D, At a time when my only purpose seemed to be testing the patience of authority. I never won with you, you never lost your patience with me always cool and in control but most of all fair. You knew each one of us and knew where to find us even off school grounds. I did not know at the time how much of a great person you were. The legend of the halls of LHS forever.
January 16, 2014
...and now comes the reward you so richly earned and deserve. We pray you continue to remember us as we will always remember you, Mr. D. Be with your family in a very special way because a world without you in it is a bleaker place, especially for those you touched so deeply. Thank you for everything, especially my life...

With everlasting Respect and Gratitude,

Pat (Tim) Rowley LHS 71'
January 16, 2014
Mr Donovan, We thank you for your endless contributions to the greatest generation. Our thoughts are with you and your family. LHS-69
January 16, 2014
Bob was a class act who was always willing to help others. We will miss his friendly face and neighborly spirit. Pavarotti will live in our hearts.
January 16, 2014
Thank you for being there, and being part of the LHS experience.
January 16, 2014
I will always remember Mr D. He made a big impact on my life. In the last couple of years my wife and I visited him several times in his home on Jupiter Point, Groton. There was lots of laughter reflecting on past happenings. Mr. D came on our sailboat in Shennecossett Lagoon, as we were headed south from Maine.
January 16, 2014
To Mr.D family so sorry for your loss,rest assure that Mr.D will live on through the hearts that he has touch,d and he will be always walking the halls of LHS and will never be forgotten gb Susan (Donnelly) Holloway class 69
January 16, 2014
God sends us angels. Today I praise God for sending Bob to Dan Matheson when he needed someone to love and guide him the most. I know he had a major part in making Dan the man he is today. What a great example Bob is for all of us to live for others before ourselves. Mark 12:31 "The second greatest commandment is this, love your neighbor as yourself."
January 16, 2014
My four children graduated from Ledyard High school in the 70's and 80's, and I will be forever grateful to Mr. Donovan for his kindness, patience, and the good advice he gave them in their teenage years. He was a great man and will be sadly missed by everyone he touched.

Joan Neil
January 16, 2014
When I think about all the teachers and administrators I had during all my school years, I remember Bob Donovan as one of the kindest, fairest and most understanding of them all. A truly good person who made school a better place for a lot of people. My sincerest condolences to the Donovan family.
January 16, 2014
Mr.Donovan (Bob) you will always live on in our hearts, thoughts and lives. You taught us how to be strong and become promising citizens. No one will ever be able touch so many lives in such a wonderful way. R.I.P. My dear and awesome friend, give your parents a hug for me. Chuck class of 69.
January 15, 2014
Mr. D – you were a fine educator, but an even better man. Thank you for investing in us, and believing in us so much. Your example reflects the Savior…may you forever rest in Him.
January 15, 2014
Mr.D... You are an amazing, wonderful man! Thank you for making sure I made it through high school and believing in me, when I didnt believe in myself!!...Rest in Peace
Bill Shafman..class of 79
January 15, 2014
To the Donovan Family,
Mr. D's kindness, generosity and guidance will endure and his impact runs wide and deep. May you find comfort in knowing he is missed by many. We love you Mr. D!
January 15, 2014
Mr. D did his job better than any other person I have ever met. He was an inspiration in every respect. I now realize how blessed all LHS students were to be influenced by his example. We all are grateful. LHS 1977
January 15, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Donovan. He will truly be missed and the neighborhood will not be the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Donovan family.

Claire,Patti,David,Paula,and Delaney Kissman
January 15, 2014
My condolences to the Donovan family..Mr. D was a wonderful man who will always be remembered by many, especially his students at LHS.
Debi Jameson Hammond, Class of '75
January 15, 2014
To the Donovan Family
Bob was a special person who touched the lives of many people and left us with wonderful memories. He gave sound direction and guidance along with caring help to the students and faculty at Ledyard High School. May you take comfort in knowing he will be missed but not forgotten.

With Sympathy
and Love
Bill & Pat Mignault
January 15, 2014
As the parent of four LHS graduates, I remember "Mr.D"'s name mentioned with respect and humor for many years. And he was there for me when I called him about "my missing son"! We are all blessed by his caring influence. Sing with the angels, Mr. D.!
January 15, 2014
You will be remembered in our hearts forever. RIP. We love you.
January 15, 2014
RIP Mr. D. You will never be forgotten. Ledyard High School was enriched with your presence. The many students that passed through the halls have had so many precious and touching things over the last few days. Never has a man been such a wonderful mentor and friend.
January 15, 2014
Rest in Peace, Mr. D.
Terry Lyons, LHS Class of 1972
January 15, 2014
Rest in peace
January 15, 2014
Rest in peace Mr. D. No words will ever discribe the feeling of the lives you have touched.
January 15, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
January 15, 2014
Mr. D... you will be never forgotten for all the students you mentored and of course bailed out of trouble. May you rest in peace.
January 15, 2014
You were an amazing man, Mr. D, and you will live on in fond memories. Our deepest sympathies to the Donovan family. Andrea Kovacs LHS '84 and Jeff Johnson LHS '82
January 15, 2014
Bob helped make LHS a great place to work, to learn and help young men and women become caring,responsible, productive adults. He will always be a big part of LHS History. He was a friend who by being in the world and LHS, made both a better place....Rest in Peace, I know you'll be walking the halls of heaven making sure everything is running smoothly.
January 15, 2014
We surely will miss you Mr. D. Thanks for all you have done.
January 15, 2014
A truly great man, educator,friend. He touched the lives of nearly every student at Ledyard High School
January 15, 2014
Mr. D was a truly remarkable man who will live on in the hearts and minds of the untold thousands whose lives he touched.
Thank you to his family for sharing him with us.
January 15, 2014
A truly great man, he will be missed by friends, family and former students at ledyard. Had a great influence on me and fellow students through tough adolescent years. We will miss you.....
RichardMcCormick class of 1975
January 15, 2014
For all of Bob's family and extended family
I wish all hold fast to all the good memories and remember that Bob will always be watching over everyone.
January 15, 2014
"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity..." Titus 2:7

Mr. Donovan didn't just read those words--he lived them.

Well done, Mr. D., Godspeed.
January 15, 2014
my condolences go out to the entire Donovan family Mr D will be sadly missed by all of us. Angie Convey Michaud Class of 1988
January 15, 2014
My condolences go out to the family.Mr D was a great man and will be missed by many. Jeanne Sether Hocker
January 15, 2014
You my friend will be missed greatly. Although I only got to see you every 10 yrs recently, I will never forget the 4 yrs I spent at LHS. The swagger, the ring banging on the ladies lav door, and the smile is a memory I won't forget. You were loved!
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