John Patrick Donohue Sr.

  • "Grandpops was a great man and a combat veteran of this..."
    - Daniel Kurz

John Patrick Sr., 89, of Wayne passed away on February 27, 2014. Born in Paterson, he grew up in Prospect Park, and lived in Wayne for the past 16 years. Jack proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII aboard the USS Hornet. Upon discharge from the Navy, he went to work as a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a supervisor for Heliport Operations in Manhattan. He enjoyed his retirement, was an avid golfer, ping-pong player, and card shark, and loved spending his winters on View Street in Lantana, Florida.
John was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church in Oakland. He was involved with their homeless ministry, and was an active "Friendly Neighbor" for many years.
Beloved husband of 63 years to the late Nancy (nee De Lair) Donohue. Devoted father of John Donohue Jr. and his wife Carol of Pompton Lakes and Kate Unger and her husband Bill of Wyckoff. Jack was predeceased by his son Bill Donohue, and his daughter-in-law Louise Donohue.
Cherished grandfather of Anne Donohue and her husband Dan Kurz, Dan Donohue and his wife Gretchen, Carl Unger and his wife Jessica, Elizabeth Unger, and Jackie Massaro.
Great-grandfather to Anthony Louis Kurz, Calvin Rider Unger, and Maeve Rose Donohue.
Dear father-in-law of Roxann Massaro and her husband Jack. Loving brother of Bill and Jennie Donohue and Terry Barnickle, brother-in-law to George and Marcelle DeLair. Jack was pre-deceased by brothers Tom and Joseph Donohue, and in-laws Marion Donohue, and Russ Barnickle. Loving Uncle Jack to Bill, Brian and Mike Donohue, Colleen D'Angiolillo, Ron Thomas, Russ Barnickle, Cheryl and Walt Allan, Sharon and Joel Storm, and Dianne and Bob Vaughan. He adored his grand-dog Bailey.
The family will receive family and friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. Funeral Services Friday 9 AM at the funeral home followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 25 Purdue Avenue, Oakland. Interment Christ The King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John's memory to the USS Hornet Museum, Donations Office, Pier 3, Alameda Point, P.O. Box 460, Alameda, CA 94501.
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Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
530 High Mountain Rd
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
(201) 891-4770
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Published in The Record on Mar. 4, 2014
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