Donovan, John Jerome Sr.
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John "Jack" Donovan Sr., 75, of Crystal River, FL passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 in Ocala Florida after a short illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Delia Donovan, brother Richard E. Donovan, sisters Patricia McDermott, Joan Romeo, and Margaret Donovan and brother-in-law Peter A. Rotella and sisters-in-law Joanne Donovan and Angela Jones. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathryn Rotella Donovan; son John and his wife Trisha of Endwell, NY; daughter Susan and her husband Brian Hernandez of Haymarket, VA; grandchildren Alyssa Kathryn Donovan, John Patrick Donovan, Victoria Emily Hernandez and Alexandra Margaret Hernandez; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Delores Donovan; brother-in-law Joseph Romeo and wife Maria of Syracuse, NY; sister-in-law Angie Donovan; brother-in-law Sam Rotella and his wife Kathleen of Endicott, NY, sister-in-law Cindy Rotella and many nieces, nephews and cousins; good friends Tony Maione Sr., Michael Orlovsky of Endicott, and Patrick Palazzo, Vancouver, WA. He and his wife Kathryn moved to Crystal River, FL in 2000 after retiring as President of Donson Transportation, a company he founded in 1960, in Endicott, NY. He enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club and was well known and loved for his Irish wit and humor, as well as his great short game. He was a graduate of Union Endicott High School and attended Broome Technical College. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. A Funeral Mass will be held at St Ambrose Church, Washington Avenue, Endicott, NY on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. A private burial will be held at Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a
in Jack's memory.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Oct. 18, 2013