Patrick Donald Donahue

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Feb. 9, 2013

Patrick Donald Donahue (Pat) passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Notre Dame, Ind., where he had resided for the last four years.

He was born May 16, 1924 to Joseph and Matilda (Earley) Donahue in Pittston.

Mr. Donahue is survived by his spouse, Thelma; three daughters, Mary Donahue of Atlanta, Ga.; Ellen Rasbach of St. Joseph, Mich.; Valerie Fulton of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and one sister, Joan Fadden of Ashburn, Va. He had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Donahue.

Mr. Donahue served three years in World War II, which included the Africa/Middle East Theater. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1950, he joined the IBM Corp. in Endicott, N.Y. and centered his career in the financial area. He transferred with IBM to Cocoa Beach, Fla. in 1966, becoming part of the NASA space program. He served as vice chairman for United Way in Brevard County, Fla., and as treasurer for the NASA Space Congress, 1970-73. After retiring from IBM in 1982, he obtained his Series 7 broker's license and followed his life-long avocation in the stock market and personal financial planning.

Mr. Donahue was active in many charitable organizations including Feed-the-Hungry and Shelter ministries as well as teaching math in inner-city schools. He was a life-long champion of the oppressed. His favorite parting phrase to friends and loved ones was "be kind to yourself."

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Chapel in Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, Ind., with the Rev. Andre Leveille, CSC, officiating. Friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Chapel.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Ind., where military services will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his memory be sent to Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, Ind., is handling arrangements. To send condolences, please visit


Published in Times Leader on Feb. 11, 2013
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