John "Jack" Jerome Donovan Sr., 75, of Crystal River, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Ocala after a short illness.
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He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Delia Donovan; brother, Richard E. Donovan; sisters, Patricia McDermott, Joan Romeo, and Margaret Donovan; 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, N.Y.; 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, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Angie Donovan; brother-in-law, Sam Rotella and his wife Kathleen of Endicott, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Cindy Rotella; many nieces, nephews and cousins; good friends Tony Maione Sr., Michael Orlovsky of Endicott, and Patrick Palazzo, Vancouver, Wash.
He and his wife Kathryn moved to Crystal River in 2000 after retiring as president of Donson Transportation, a company he founded in 1960, in Endicott, N.Y. 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 at St Ambrose Church, Washington Avenue, Endicott, N.Y., at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. A private burial will be at Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 18, 2013