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George H. Donovan

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- George H. Donovan, 89, a resident of East Lake Drive, Cossayuna, N.Y. and a former longtime resident of North Bennington, died Monday, April 5, 2004 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Rutland Town February 22, 1915, he was the son of the late Michael and Margaret (Tracey) Donovan. He received his early education in the Rutland schools and was a 1933 graduate of the former Middletown High School.

Mr. Donovan married the former M. Frances Dumas on October 18, 1937 in Rutland. They resided in North Bennington for many years prior to moving to Cossayuna Lake in 1985 where he enjoyed fishing during his retirement.

In earlier years he had been employed as manager of the Poly Meadows Farm in Shaftsbury and at Universal Camera Company in North Adams, Mass. He later worked at Union Carbide Corporation in Bennington for 22 years prior to his retirement in 1982.

While residing in North Bennington Mr. and Mrs. Donovan were communicants of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. After moving to Cossayuna Lake they were members of Holy Cross Church in Salem, N.Y.

A former member of the NorShaft Lions Club, Mr. Donovan served as King Lion from 1963 to 1964. He coached the NorShaft Lions baseball team that won the league championship in 1956 and 1957 and was fondly known to his players as “Casey.”

Mr. Donovan was a life member of Knights of Columbus Council 307 in Bennington and also a member of Greenwich, N.Y. Elks Lodge 2223.

He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, M. Frances Donovan of Cossayuna, N.Y.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Harold Waters of North Bennington and Elaine and Thomas Babcock of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Anne Marie Donovan of Sarasota, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; a son-in-law, Donald Tetreault of North Bennington; two sisters, Mary Baldwin of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Catherine Stevens of Wallingford; a brother, Michael Donovan of north Troy, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Donovan was predeceased by two daughters, Margaret D. Tetreault and Anne Marie Donovan.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 7, at 10:15 a.m. with a prayer and from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The wake service will be offered Tuesday evening.

Burial will take place in the family lot in St. Johns Cemetery, North Bennington.

Should friends desire, contributions in George H. Donovan’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Research Center, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 6, 2004
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