Edward P. Donnelly, Jr. |
Born August 29, 1919
Died October 15, 2012
Edward P. Donnelly, Jr., known to his family as "Uncle Ed," passed away quietly at his home in Seattle on October 16, 2012, at the age of 93.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 29, 1919, to Edward P. and Emma V. Donnelly, he would become the eldest of 10 siblings: Virginia (Ginny), Elizabeth (Betty), Sarah (Pony), Mary, Ruth, Ann, Peter, Alice, and George. He was the big brother everyone wanted. Selfless and good, he helped Mother raise the children when Dad was out of town. Ed said, "The kids were important to me and I loved them all."
Ed went to St. John's Elementary School and then attended high school at Seattle Preparatory School. Following Seattle Prep Ed enlisted in the Navy. While on leave, he attended his sister Pony's high school graduation, and it was at this event that he met his future wife, Pat Graham. They married on June 14, 1943 in Seattle and lived happily together for over 69 years.
Ed and Pat's marriage, a long and happy one, included building the home in Seattle where Pat lives to this day, and many world travels. The couple was host to decades of family reunions and has been described as the glue that connected generations of family.
After the Navy, Ed and Pat returned to Seattle, and under the GI Bill, Ed was able to study geology and geography at the University of Washington. Always a history buff he passed his love of history, geology and geography of our region to the next generation. Later, he spent years in machinery sales, but eventually became a purchasing agent for various engineering companies throughout the Northwest.
Because of his interest in geography, Ed loved to travel. Pat and he made many trips across the globe, making it to 4 of the 7 continents. Another passion for Ed was his devotion to the genealogy of his extended family and their ancestors. Starting in the late 1960s, Ed compiled documents and photographs, which he was always keen to share with anyone who asked. To the delight of his whole family, his collection became simply too large for the suitcase he kept it in. Ed authored two volumes containing his knowledge entitled The History of the Coryell and Donnelly Families and Historical Documents of the Coryell and Donnelly Families. He was a true gentleman and scholar.
Ed was a man of faith and a proud long time member of Our Lady of the Lake parish. He was active in the Puget Sound Civil War round table. When Ed was not reading Civil War historical books he and Pat were at their cabin on Guemes Island or on their prized classic Tollycraft exploring the San Juan Islands.
Ed is survived by his wife Pat; his youngest brother George Donnelly and sister in law Kathleen Shaw Herrold as well as innumerable nieces and nephews. Remembrances in Ed Donnelly's name can be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, 2911 West Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2012