ALBERT EDWARD (AL) DONOVAN February 19, 1920 - December 10, 2012 Albert Edward (Al) Donovan was born on February 19, 1920 in Manchester, N.H. and died on December 10, 2012 in Red Bluff, CA. Al graduated from South High School in Worcester, MA., and held various jobs until his appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. in 1940, graduating in 1944 and accepting a commission in the US Navy as an engineering officer, assigned to the USS Brule in the Pacific Theater. Al was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1946. While waiting to enter college again, Al worked for the Moore/McCormack line, sailing to South America and the Baltic's. Al entered the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1950, graduating in 1954 and worked for a short time in retail pharmacy and also the State of Massachusetts. Al was married to Ella M. Hughes of Price Edward Island, Canada on October 1, 1955 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Al worked for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, California from 1961 to 1962 and then was transferred to the Veteran's Hospital in Togus, Maine, beginning work in 1963, where he became Chief of the Pharmacy Service. Al retired from the Federal Government in March of 1983 and moved to Red Bluff. Al was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Bluff, The Knights of Columbus, and the Retired Federal Employees. Al was pre-deceased by his older brother; Bradley Donovan, sisters; Margaret Roseen and Cornelia Donovan. Al is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ella Hughes Donovan, two sons; Paul Donovan of Nyssa, Oregon, Timothy Donovan of Freeland, Washington, two daughters; Ann Donovan of Freeland, Washington, and Mary Erickson of Parkland, Washington, 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Al was a kind and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Calling hours are Friday, December 14, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. A rosary will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers. Funeral Mass celebrating Al's life will be at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Donations may be sent to the Sacred Heart Parish Fund. Reception at Sacred Heart Parish Hall following the graveside service.
Published in Daily News on Dec. 14, 2012