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Donovan, Robert John


On April 16, 2014, Robert John Donovan (Bob, "Dunk"), eldest child of Patrick and Delia Donovan, was reunited with his parents and five siblings, Margaret ("Sister"), Patricia, Richard, Jack and Joan. He was also predeceased by three infant children, Tara Marie, Keary Patrick and Robert Jr; grandson Jory; sister-in-law Joanne Donovan; brother-in-law Donald Gonzales and niece Gina Romeo. Born in Scranton PA on August 17, 1927, he was raised and lived his life in Endicott NY. Bob attended St. Ambrose Grammar School, U-E High School and the original Harpur College. He served in the US Army from 1946-1951 and was honorably discharged after serving in Korea. He started his career with Swift Delivery in 1952 and then worked at IBM until his retirement in 1983. His legacy began with his wife of 63 years, Delores Magee Donovan, and continues with their children, Colleen (Roger) Cavallo, Tara (Jim Eckert) Connelly, Megan (Roger) Kosar, Maura (Steve) Kisloski, Bobby (Lisa) Donovan; his grandchildren, Lydia (Jay Zasa), Ruggiero (Wen), Giancarlo, Maria Corrina and Cristiana Cavallo; Shannon, Cara and Colin Connelly, Michelle (Dave Kiefer) Eckert; Kristan (Mark George), Ryan and Kyle Kosar; Kelsey and Kailyn Kisloski; Alexandra and Shane Donovan; his great-grandchildren, Zackary, Lucia, Dylan, Alaina and Alexa. Bob is also survived by in-laws Francis and Jean Magee, Molly and Ron Stegeman, Angelina Donovan, Katherine Donovan and Joseph (Maria) Romeo; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He leaves behind special "cousin" Bob Rodgers and joins his best friend Jim Shea and his beloved Moses.

In his tradition of giving, Bob has donated his body to science at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. At his request there will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Bob was an avid reader, a record setting pool player, an old-time movie buff, loved to golf with his buddies and enjoyed a friendly game of cards at the Elks. He never missed a grandchild's sporting or special event. His quick and intuitive wit will endear him forever in the hearts of his family and friends. He was best known for his never ending acts of kindness to family and friends. In lieu of flowers or donations, please offer ONE act of KINDNESS in Bob's memory. For Dad:

May those who

love us, Love us

And those that

don't love us,

May God turn

their hearts;

And if He doesn't

turn their hearts

May He turn

their ankles

So we'll know them

By their limping


Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2014
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