James J. Donahue Jr.
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SALEM - James J. Donahue, Jr., 87, of Salem, N.H. passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., from complications due to pneumonia. The oldest son of the late James and Elinor (Krayczyck) Donahue, Jim was born and raised in South Lawrence, Mass.

Jim enlisted in the Air Force in 1951, served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as an EOD Specialist, and received numerous awards including the bronze star for meritorious service. He traveled the world in his 20 years of military service and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1971. After leaving the Air Force he began a new career with the IRS where he met his second wife, Sue.

Jim was an avid fisherman and spent most of his retirement years near the ocean. He spent winters in the Florida Keys where he and his wife enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, biking, and were members of the Vineyard Church. Summers were spent at Bakers Island in Salem, Mass., where they fished for striped bass and lobster. He was a great father and grandfather, a devoted husband, and a loyal friend.

Jim leaves his wife of 27 years, Suzanne Donahue of Salem, N.H., his daughter Amy Donahue of Hampton, N.H., and his brother Henry Donahue of Falmouth, Mass. He was preceded in death by his son James Donahue of Hampton, N.H., and his brother Kenneth of Derry, N.H. Jim is survived by his daughter-in-law Dawn Donahue of Hampton, N.H., grandson Richard Donahue of Hampton, N.H., grandson Ryan Cullen, his wife Marybeth of Hampton Falls, N.H. and their two children, granddaughter Alicia Means of Keene, N.H., her husband Kevin, and their two children. He also leaves three stepchildren and their families.

SERVICES: There will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers please honor Jim's memory with a donation to your favorite charity. The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, Salem is assisting the family with arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Published in Seacoastonline.com from May 21 to May 24, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
To the Donahue Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the Department of NH, VFW/Auxiliary District #7, we wish to acknowledge your loved one's service to our country, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

District #7 Chaplain,
Cathy Burns
May 12, 2020
He taught me so much at a young age. I remember endless nights of playing chess, trying on his military hats, and the way he always taught me strategy for life.

He will be missed.

He will be remembered.

He will not be forgotten.

Love you grandpa
Ryan Cullen
May 12, 2020
Jim was a very sweet man. Our neighbor in the Florida Keys for 12 years. Many good times. Rest In Peace.
Jim Jean Ellis
May 12, 2020
We knew Jim for about 14 years. We lived in the same park in the Florida keys. We will miss him.
Andy & Michelle Anderton
May 12, 2020
So sorry Sue and family. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Lynn and Bill Keller
May 11, 2020
So sorry Sue for your loss! One day at a time, best advice I can give you. You have a lot of great memories.
Peg Tuttle and Wally
May 11, 2020
We're so sorry. We'll miss him. We'll remember fun times at Kiki's with you guys
Sandy & Al Rich
May 11, 2020
So very sorry Amy for the loss of your Dad. May God bless & watch over you in these difficult times.
May 11, 2020
Uncle Jim,

May you Rest In Peace And Comfort With The Lord Our God.

You Are Now United With So Many Of Your Family Members That Have Been Blessed With Eternal Life With The Lord Our God (Especially Your Son) JIMMY, Your Mom, Dad, Brother Kenneth, Friends, and My Family Members Too and so Many Friends You Lost In Your Dedicated Services In the the Korean and Vietnam Wars. I Believe the Lord Our God and All Of Them Were There To Welcome You Into Eternal Life. I Also Believe You Will Watch Over Your Loved Ones Here On Earth In Their Time Of Grief and Heartache.. You Will Comfort Them With Your Spirit and Your Love For Them Is Eternal ...

All My Love, JoAnn
May 11, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. This was one of the happiest days in Jimmy's life. You are now together again. May you rest in peace.
Dawn Donahue
May 11, 2020
My deepest heart felt condolences to you and your family Amy.
Mary Kate Northrup
May 11, 2020
Going to miss you every day Daddy Give Jimmy a big hug for me
amy donahue
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