Stephen P. Donatone|
Virginia Beach - Stephen P. Donatone passed on to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at his home in Virginia Beach on January 18, 2013 after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. His family was by his side during his final hours, including his wife of 25 years, Lorna Donatone, their daughter Catherine Donatone, and his children, Stephen Donatone and Christine Donatone Wintrode and granddaughter Olivia Wintrode, all of Virginia Beach. His closest of friends Bill Townsend of Chesapeake and Nick Smith of Virginia Beach were also with him. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Rose Donatone. Steve is also survived by his siblings: Cathy Foley and her children, Michael Foley, wife Tiffany Foley and their daughter Kaylee; Heather Foley and her son Andrew Foley, all of Virginia Beach; Charles Donatone of St. Thomas, and his sons, Charles and John; and Richard Donatone, of Sherman Oaks, CA. He is remembered with love by his sister/brother in-law Mary and Allen DeLaney and their children JT and Eileen; sister/brother in-law Amy and Tom Tipton and their children Karlene and Sam; and his brother-in-law Bert Tiemann.
Born in New York City on November 24, 1940, Steve grew up in the Bronx, NY, and moved as a young child to New Jersey, where he graduated from Westwood High School where many lasting friendships were created with classmates. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson College, The College of William and Mary and George Washington University. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and served for 7 years. Steve worked from 1966-1981 for Grumman Aerospace in New York, Virginia Beach, California and Washington DC. He was also employed by Eaton Corporation, Raytheon Corporation and Loral Corporation, among others. Steve spent many years volunteering with Prison Fellowship where he tried to carry the message of hope to inmates at Lorton Prison. In addition he was a proud member of Navy League, Navy Helicopter Association, Association of Old Crows and The Tailhook Association. He retired in 1997 and became a full-time stay-at-home dad to Catherine. Steve had a passion for sports and the military and he coached women's softball teams as well as volleyball teams throughout the years.
Having received a second chance at life as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous, Steve rebuilt his life one day at a time for over 31 years. His life's work was carrying the message of AA to others. He helped so many people, including young men in the military, to create new lives. He joins so many others for the big meeting in the sky where he will be eternally sober.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon and Brown, Great Neck Chapel, on Friday February 1 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Church of the Holy Family, officiated by Father Gaudencio Pugat, at 1279 North Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA, on Saturday, February 2, at Noon with a reception following at the Church.
To honor Steve, donations may be made to CaringBridge at www.caringbridge.org/visit/stevedonatone or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org or become an organ donor.
Condolences can be offered to the family at www.Holloman-Brown.com
Steve leaves a long and lasting legacy and will be missed by many. His family would like to thank all of those who helped him during his life and during this final chapter.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 19, 2013