Lawrence "Larry" Donovan
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Colchester - Lawrence "Larry" Donovan, 69, of Colchester (formerly of Waterford and Stonington), passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, after a hard fought battle with an incurable brain tumor.

Larry was raised in Bensalem, Penn. He was married for 48 years and is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; their two daughters, Melissa (and Robert) Boynton of Massachusetts, and Lori (and Jason) Scherff of Colchester. Larry ascribed being a grandfather as his life's greatest achievement. His three granddaughters were the light of his life: Madeline Scherff, Abigail Boynton, and Mallory Scherff. He is also survived by his sister, Joyce Donovan of Pennsylvania; several nieces and nephews, and predeceased by his parents and brother. Last but not least, Larry also leaves behind his loyal dog, Harper.

A Vietnam War era veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, Larry proudly served on the USS Andrew Jackson SSBN-619 for the majority of his military career. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Larry remained in Connecticut, raising his family in Mystic/Stonington and held a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science. Famously known as "Doc" and wearing his pink construction helmet, he worked in Health Physics at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant for 31 years.

Larry always followed his dreams and rarely took no for an answer. He lived his life exactly how he wanted to. With a deep love for music and a record collection his granddaughters now envy, he enjoyed playing the drums and was an accomplished air guitarist. Larry was known for his incredible sense of humor, his compassion for animals, and his dedication to share his knowledge with the community. He volunteered his time to many organizations, including serving as Treasurer for Save The Kid Fund, partnering with United Way to build computers for donation, teaching computer skills at the Colchester Senior Center, and was an active Colchester Lions Club member.

Eager to try anything new, Larry's hobbies were vast and ever evolving. If it had wheels or was electronic, he was all about it. He loved trains, boats, cars, computers, woodworking, model building, bowling, and baseball. He and Patricia traveled the world extensively; his fondest trips were to Iceland and Ireland.

The family would like to thank their extended family and friends for supporting them through Larry's lengthy illness. They will be holding private memorial services at a later date. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Connecticut Humane Society ( or 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06111) or the Colchester Lions Club Charities, Inc. (PO Box 423, Colchester, CT 06415).

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Published in The Day on Feb. 26, 2021.
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March 14, 2021
Larry was a spark of Light in a dark world. He will be well remembered !!
Clifton D O'Donal
March 8, 2021
Sadden to hear of the loss of your father. We will pray for God's comfort and grace for your family through this difficult time.
Bill & June Burtis
March 4, 2021
Larry, What an honor it was to serve with you in the Lion's Club.
I had the pleasure of learning about you before I got to meet you, and once meeting you I loved you even more.
I am thankful the world was blessed with your presence.
Rest in Peace.
Yvette Gauthier
March 3, 2021
We were so sorry to hear this. I have been trying for days to put into words how great a person he was and how blessed I feel to have known him. The world was a much better place just for him being in it!
Kathy Jackson
March 2, 2021
I knew Doc from work. He was a good person and friend and will be missed by many. My condolences to his family.
Bob Gustafson
March 1, 2021
Fond memories of picnics, listening to good music, card games and a smile that warms the heart. Namaste Larry.
Anne Nelson
February 28, 2021
Worked with Doc off and on at Millstone for many years.My condolences to his wife and family.He was a wonderful human being -an excellent H.P.Tech and someone you could truly rely on during the job when things got critical -he always looked out for those who where in his sphere of influence.
John M. Jeffords (J.J.)
February 27, 2021
Great to know and work with Larry for many years at Millstone. Sorry to hear about his passing.
Jack Geary
February 26, 2021
Larry was a wonderful shipmate, co-worker, and friend. I have great memories of Larry from first time I met him 1975 on USS Andrew Jackson to Millstone. My thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family and friends. I sure will miss you ship mate.
Daniel Balser
Served In Military Together
February 26, 2021
My heartfelt condolences Pat to you and your family. Larry was definitely my camping Buddy and I miss those campfire chats. Heaven just got another angel.
Patricia Sartori
February 26, 2021
My heart felt condolence Pat to you and your family. Larry was definitely my camping Buddy and I miss all those great nights around the campfire. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Heaven just got a new angel.
Patricia Sartori
February 26, 2021
I am saddened to learn of Larry's passing. He certainly put up the good fight. Along with Pat he raised a wonderful family. He adored his grandchildren He will be sorely missed by all.
robert boynton
February 26, 2021
I was lucky enough to have worked with Larry at Millstone. He was everything a friend can be. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Neil Knudsen
February 26, 2021
Larry will be missed by so many. He always had time for a chat and a smile you can never forget. I will think of him often. My heart felt condolences to his dear wife and family.
Dawn Goergen
February 26, 2021
Worked with Doc for many years. He was always a ray of sunshine with a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. He was never afraid to look at the issues and make the right choice even when it wasn't embraced by managment. He was an independent thinker that was always there to help! I'm sorry for your loss and I'm sad to learn of his passing.
Bruce Roberts
February 26, 2021
Larry was one of the first people to welcome me to my new neighborhood. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting. I will miss seeing him with Pat and Harper on my neighborhood walks.
Mary Gagnon
February 26, 2021
So sorry to here of Larry's passing. I always knew him as a friendly face at work.
Bob Iliff
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