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 (CTHumane.org
or 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06111) or the Colchester Lions Club Charities, Inc. (PO Box 423, Colchester, CT 06415).