Donlon, John ALBANY John Donlon, age 63, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2012. John was a voracious reader, adventurer, soldier, father, husband, and world-class storyteller. He leaves behind his family of devoted listeners including daughters, Bridget and Marie of Albany; a son, Joseph of Queens; a daughter-in-law, Emily Marmuscak Donlon of Queens; a son-in-law, Frank Cangiano of Albany and his wife of 39 years, Noreen of Albany. John had the ability to light up most rooms with his vivid retelling of a recent adventure or summarizing a book he had just read. He had a true talent for making the mundane magical. Always quick to go on an adventure, John had kept his family entertained with tales about his years growing up in Ireland, his time spent in Vietnam (where he earned a Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, a Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry), about living in Saudi Arabia, or about the adventures he and Noreen had when first married and beginning their family in his beloved Manhattan. In recent years, John was satisfied limiting his adventures to the Albany area where he never missed Jeopardy and continued telling his stories to another appreciative generation. John's grandchildren, John Michael Donlon, Ella Rose Donlon, and Nora Bridget Cangiano, albeit briefly, had the benefit of hearing some of John's stories. Though the rest of his stories will be told again by his children and wife, they will be missing the certain glimmer that only John Donlon could lend to the story. Because John was a Vietnam veteran of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any local veterans service agencies. A memorial service in his honor is being planned for the spring.
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Published in Albany Times Union on November 25, 2012