Paul Charles Donnelly
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Indian Harbour Bch, FL
Paul Charles Donnelly of Indian Harbour Beach died March 12.
He was the son of David Roy and Magdalena (Schreiber) Donnelly of Altoona, Pennsylvania. He was born March 28, 1923.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret Mary Donnelly. Also his daughters Penny Martin, Pamela Gene McLeod (Vincent), and Paula Louise Bleakley (McLeod); nine grandchildren, Michele Foster, Christopher Martin, Jackie Nuvy, Conor, Kevin and Michael McLeod; Justin, Nick, and Blaise Bleakley; five great-grandchildren, Austin, Amber and Cody Nuvy, Caden Martin, and Gus Bleakley.
Mr. Donnelly served in the US Navy during WW2 flying in the first Missile Squadron of four engine privateers, VP 109 known as the BAT Squadron.
He retired in 1979 as Director Space Transportation Systems Processing at KSC-NASA and in 1989 as Vice-President USBI-UTC. He was involved in all the manned flights from MR-3 (Al Shepard) through the first ten shuttle flights. During his career, he was awarded nine Navy Medals, six NASA Medals, one Outstanding Leadership Medal and three Exceptional Service Medals; also the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Space Club.
His community services included President of the Holy Name of Jesus Church Council and retired Eucharistic Minister. He was President and a founder on the Melbourne Central Catholic High School Parent Association; four-term President of the Missile Space and Range Pioneers; a founder and two term Chairman of the Board of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation.
He was often asked what his favorite flights were... His answer was all of them; but pinned down, his answer was MR-3 (Al Shepard), MA-6 (John Glenn), Gemini III (Gus Grisson, John Young); Apollo 7 (Wally Shirra, Eiselle Cunningham); Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Lovell and Anders); Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins).
A viewing will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic, on Monday, 3-17-2014 at 10am with a funeral mass to follow at 11am.
Paul's memorial page may be visited at www.beachfuneralhome.com.
Beach Funeral Home
1689 S. Patrick Dr.
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2014