Paul A. Donskov
1944 - 2020
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Donskov, Paul A.
1944 - 2020
Paul Alexander Donskov, 76, Westerville, Ohio, passed Wednesday, April 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 7, 1944 in Belgrade, Serbia, Paul was the son of the late Alexander (Civil Engineer, 1900-1979) and Olivera (Student of Philosophy, 1912-2010) (Zdravkovich) Donskov. Paul's grandfather, Andrej Donskov (1875-1951) was a highly decorated general in the Russian Cossack Army. The family immigrated to Canada in 1954 after spending three years in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy. Following a year in Edmonton, Alberta the family settled in Toronto, Ontario. Paul attended the University of Ottawa and studied Mechanical Engineering. He married Deborah (Debbie) Anne Evans on August 6, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia. A driven professional, Paul held international business leadership positions, including– General Manager, Engineering Systems Division (Jeffery Manufacturing, 1968-1976), Director of Mining Systems Division (Orenstein & Koppel, 1977-1980), and President, Webster Air Equipment (Curtiss Wright, 1980-1989). In addition, Paul found passion and purpose in hockey. While working professionally in Canada, he was heavily involved with coaching and player development. Paul was a proud recipient of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Canada) level five coaching designation. Paul and his family relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1990 from London, Ontario. Paul immediately immersed himself into growing and developing the game in central Ohio– and was critical in the leadership and direction of the Capital Amateur Hockey Association – central Ohio's first youth hockey organization. During his time with CAHA, Paul served as VP of the Board and Director of Hockey Operations– driving significant growth and development opportunities for local players and families. Additionally, Paul was involved in the growth of USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program and was a member of the Mid-Am District selection committee. Paul served in various capacities including— General Manager (Worthington Ice Center) and Hockey Director (Lou & Gibb Reese Ice Arena, Newark, Ohio). Under his direction and leadership— Paul drove considerable growth through new grassroots programming and player development initiatives. Paul was a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio "AAA" Blue Jackets. As an original member of the board, he was instrumental in helping grow and develop the program for elite youth hockey players in the city. In May of 2000, Paul founded Donskov Hockey Development (DHD). Since its inception, DHD has been recognized throughout the world as a leader in hockey training, education and instruction – providing thousands of central Ohio youth hockey players world class opportunities and resources. Paul leaves behind to cherish in his memory, his wife, Debbie Donskov, Westerville, Ohio; four sons, Gregory Donskov (former marriage), Kelowna, BC, Misha (Amy) Donskov, Las Vegas, NV, Anthony Donskov, Westerville, Ohio, Matthew (Megan) Donskov, New Albany, Ohio; beloved grandchildren, Alexander and Amelia Donskov; sisters, Alexandra (Igor, deceased) Treskin, Toronto, Ontario, and children, Kathy, Andrew, and Paul; Irina (Rick) Winterbottom and children, Marina and Daveed; brother, Andrew (Natalie) Donskov and children, Tatiana, Alexander and Adrian; sister-in-law, Robbin Chamberlain, Worthington, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Steve (Becky) Evans, Bidwell, Ohio and Bob Evans, Great Falls, Montana; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Paul loved spending time with Debbie and loved his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed all sports, history, politics, languages, culture, hockey, skiing, tennis, the outdoors, backyard conversations and his pickup truck. He loved to read and learn – and always placed a strong value on the advancement of self through education. He loved his bicycle and rides with Debbie. Paul was fluent in Russian and Serbian and had a strong understanding of Slavic languages. Respected and admired for his loyalty, compassion, intellect, fairness and love. He will always be remembered for his character, integrity, selflessness and dedication to family. Paul will be forever missed and deeply mourned. Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST. The family will be having a private funeral service and burial 11am Thursday, April 23, 2020 at St. Stevan-Dechani Serbian Church. In addition, the family is planning a celebration of life in the coming months to honor Paul, share his legacy and the many lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to 'The Paul Donskov Legacy Scholarship' through the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. This youth hockey scholarship will honor Paul's lifetime work and the value he placed on education. In addition, this scholarship will honor Paul's tireless passion to help youth hockey players advance and fulfill their academic and athletic dreams. To share online condolences, please visit To make a donation, please go to – Or, please send to the below address – Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215, Memo: The Paul Donskov Legacy Scholarship.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2020.
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May 3, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. The Donskov family has always been very helpful to our Mother Norma..our sincere sympathies on Paul's passing.
Louise Fleming
April 30, 2020
Sorry to hear about Paul's death. I had a huge respect for Paul and his leadership. He walked the talk. He will be missed.

Dave Mead
April 29, 2020
Debbie, Misha, Anthony and Matt,

We are so sorry to hear about Paul. He was a very generous with his time and sharing his knowledge. My boys have the greatest respect for Paul. He will be deeply missed by all. The Ice Hockey community has lost a great person.

Bob, Bobby, & Brian Shepherd
Bob Shepherd
April 29, 2020
I'm so very sorry to hear about Paul. He was so dear to his family and the Central Ohio hockey community. Thank you, Paul, for being a great example of a husband, father, and man for Vincent. I appreciate you being a great mentor to him. I will continue to keep the Donskov family in my thoughts and prayers, as well as send love and hugs.
Kandi Murdock
April 25, 2020
Dear Debbie and Family,

Our sorrow is with you in the passing of Paul. What an amazing legacy he leaves behind. The biggest being the lives he touched for the better, helping boys/girls pursue their dreams of playing high level hockey. Our family is so grateful for Paul's positive impact on our family and many more. His memory lives on in all those who knew loved and respected him. The Pooley Family
Sharon Pooley
April 25, 2020
Our sorrow is with you in the passing of Paul. What an amazing legacy he leaves behind. The biggest being the lives he touched for the better, helping boys/girls pursue their dreams of playing high level hockey. Our family is so grateful for Paul's positive impact on our family and many more. His memory lives on in all those who knew loved and respected him. The Pooley Family
Sharon Pooley
April 24, 2020
Our profound sorrow and infinite love to our priceless friends and neighbors. God Bless. Ted and Dee Grindley
Ted Grindley
April 23, 2020
Dear Deb and family.

Bob and I are deeply saddened at the passing of such a terrific talent and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. You know how much we enjoyed him and our times together. He made us feel special every time we were with you. I know you will cherish your memories. Sending love to all.
Mary Ann Ryal Perkins
April 23, 2020
Sending prayers to the family during this difficult time...
Many good memories of our boys......
Claudia Robinson
April 23, 2020
Truly an ice hockey legend in central ohio who will be missed by players and parents alike
Kenton & Joyce Lee
April 23, 2020
Paul was a wonderful man, mentor, and hockey mind. I was fortunate enough to meet Paul while I was playing hockey for Ohio State and he was such a great resource of knowledge. He will be missed by not only the hockey community, but by everyone.
John Graham
April 23, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Donskov family.
He will be sadly missed but happily remembered.
Don Voelkle
April 23, 2020
While I did not know Mr. Donskov personally, the contributions that he and his family have made to the hockey program in central Ohio have been incredible. My son has been fortunate enough to be a part of the Donskov hockey program and my condolences go to Pauls family during this sad time. May happy memories of him bring peace to his family and friends.
Julie Farthing
April 23, 2020
Debbie, Misha, Anthony and Matt,

You are in the thoughts and prayers of the Hoffmann family. He was one of the great one's and will be missed but never forgotten.

His passion for life touched so many especially thru hockey.
Alan Hoffmann
April 23, 2020
Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Michele Oldenquist
April 23, 2020
Truly an ice hockey legend in central ohio who will be missed by players and parents alike.
Kenton Lee
April 23, 2020
Debbie and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Paul's recent passing. His obituary reveals a wonderful legacy to celebrate. You are fortunate to have a great support system in your family and friends to help you get through this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.
Bev Alberchisnki
April 23, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Donskov family on the loss of a good man. Hugs from one hockey family to another. ~ The Mason Families
Bryan & Cheryl Mason
April 23, 2020
Dear Debbie and Family -
Heartfelt condolences to your beloved family.

Brooke Barton Datz
April 23, 2020
Always such a nice man. Always had a smile and a hug. Surely will be missed.
Larry Adkins
April 23, 2020
I will always remember Uncle Paul as the funniest guy in the room. Always a smile and a joke to share with everyone. My deepest condolences to Aunt Debbie and the whole family.
JP Levesque
April 23, 2020
Dear Debbie and family, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Much love, Beth Johnston
April 23, 2020
Debbie and family - we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. A donation has been made to the Legacy Scholarship from the NAHS staff.
April 23, 2020
Dear Debbie and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Paul. But as a family, you are strong and will be together to remember, celebrate his life, and continue his legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May we meet again someday soon!
Suellen Victor
April 22, 2020
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April 22, 2020
Dear Debbie and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy for Paul's passing. I was very sorry to hear about his illness and the suffering that all of you must have experienced. I will light a candle in his memory tomorrow.

I met you and Paul only a few times, at the weddings of Andrew Donskov's children. What I remember most about Paul was that he was very easy to talk to, as if we had known each other for years. Of course, he was a very charming fellow, too!

Vecnaja pamjat, Memory Eternal
Slavica Dragisic
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