John A. Donovan, 93, of Beverly and formerly of Wenham and Hopkinton, died peacefully on June 30. He is survived by son John A. Donovan, Jr. and wife Constance Kimball Donovan, daughter Martha Donovan Pien and husband Paul Pien, son and devoted caregiver Peter Donovan, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, brother Roy Donovan, and numerous and loved extended family members. John was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean of 63 years and their dear son Dennis. A WWII veteran, John served from 1943-46 as a Technical Sergeant and Combat Engineer in the 3rd Army in the European Theatre. Valedictorian of his 1940 Hopkinton High School class, John pursued his college degree after WWII, graduating from Northeastern University in 1953 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. John worked at Draper Corporation for 20 years, initially as a draftsman and later as the Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, a position he continued after joining United Shoe Machinery (USM) in 1970. He later served as USM's Manager of Purchasing and Contract Sales until his retirement in 1986. John was an active civic leader before moving from Hopkinton in 1971, serving as PTO President and Chair of both the Finance and Industrial Zoning Committees. His efforts resulted in the launch of a second elementary school and an industrial park, now home to EMC and other corporations. John was also a leader in Hopkinton's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, guiding the Town's purchase of the church building and later architectural incorporation into the Hopkinton Public Library. Active in the development of St. Paul's new church, John served as Senior Warden and Confirmation Instructor. After relocating to Wenham, John was very involved in Hamilton's Christ Church, serving on the Vestry and as Chair of the Property Committee. In addition to his passion for tennis, John often corralled his and neighborhood children for many a game of Kick the Can, Wiffle ball, and touch football. As a father and grandfather, John loved organizing family beach trips, hikes, and skating and sledding outings. He especially cherished his time with family at holiday and informal gatherings. Funeral services will be held on July 11 at 11:00 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hopkinton. Burial with military honors will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral, from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. Those wishing to make a donation in John's memory are welcome to donate to Hillside School at www.hillsideschool.net.
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Hopkinton, MA 01748
Published in The North Shore Sunday from July 5 to July 12, 2014