Francis M. "Bud" "Brother"" Donovan

Francis M. Donovan "Bud" "Brother"

Mr. Francis M. Donovan, age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on June 19, 1925, Francis was the son of the late Catherine L. and Dennis F. Donovan. He attended local parochial and public schools, and was a graduate of Goldey Beacom College. Francis was retired from the Wilmington Police Department and New Castle Court of Chancery. He served his country as a rifleman in the Army during Word War II, and was recipient of The Purple Heart. Francis was a disabled American veteran, and a long-time parishioner of Christ Our King Catholic Church.

Francis was a gentle, easy going man with a great sense of humor. He was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, enjoyed reading sports biographies, listening to music, and watching old movies on the TCM channel. He was a proud Irish-American who cherished the times spent with his family especially during the holidays.

Francis is survived by his loving children: Dennis M. (Rosemary) of Dover, Patricia A., Suzanne M. (with whom he lived), Cynthia L., and Maureen C. (Vic Casey), all of Wilmington, a granddaughter, Heather A. (Wayne) Manrakhan, three great-grandchildren, Hazel, Indira and Maxwell of Newark, and special friends, Robert Buckman and Richard Gross. He is also survived by his brothers John (Ellen), Donald (Carol), Gerald (Lana), and Thomas (Adela), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Francis was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Loretta A. (Kane), who passed away in 1997. He was also predeceased by his siblings Betty Pasquale, Theresa Groves, Joan Stringer, and Matthew Donovan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 15, at St. John The Beloved Catholic Church 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington at 11 am with visitation at 10:30 am at the church. Internment at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery follows the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive #101, Newark, DE 19713 or Disabled American Veterans, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805, or a .

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Published in The News Journal on Mar. 14, 2013