James "Jim" Donovan M.D.
1946 - 2021
Sisskind Funeral Service
3175 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY
James "Jim" Donovan, MD October 26, 2021 James "Jim" Donovan, MD, 74, passed away Tuesday night at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born on November 14, 1946 to Dennis and Rose Donovan in Glens Falls, NY he had been a resident of Syracuse since 1988 when he established his practice in psychiatry here. Jim was a compassionate and dedicated physician to his patients. He was predeceased by his daughter Elisa Rose Donovan Vargas. His family includes his friend Jose Vargas, MD and their son William Donovan Vargas, MD A gathering of friends and family will be on Saturday, November 6, from 10 to 11:30 AM at Sisskind Funeral Chapel, 3175 E. Genesee Street.. www.sisskindfuneralservice.com Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits

Published by Syracuse Post Standard from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, 2021.
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He was great to me when I needed a compassionate caregiver. He was great to me in late adolescence and early adult hood.Only Jim could understand the intricacies of an ethnically mixed family in the restaurant business. My mom always loved coming because they´d exchange "state secrets" of each families restaurants....He saved me in a way, and I miss his charm and wit.They really don´t make physician who specialize in Mental health like him. I thought about him on Christmas,today, and I´ll keep in my heart forever because of well he treated my illness. Most of practitioners in Mental health today will write someone off as crazy, or as "the other". He helped me to the point that I was able to get Advanced degree, and I´m grateful he was my doctor.
December 25, 2021
To Jose: I just learned of Jim´s passing after having tried to reach him on what would have been his birthday. Truly a sad day for everyone but especially for you and William. May you find solace in remembering those best moments together over those many years.
Raymond Essiembre
November 16, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Donovan´s passing. An amazing doctor, friend, and joke teller. Rest easy, Dr. Donovan... I will miss you dearly. Thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time.
Jen Hawthorne
November 5, 2021
Dr. Vargas and Family, May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Jim was an amazing man, physician and well respected member of our CNY medical community. My heart truly goes out to you at this time. Les deseo mucha paz a ti y a tu familia en este tiempo de duelo.
Brandon Wolfenden
November 4, 2021
I´m so sorry for your loss. Dr. Donovan was a shining light that helped me find my way. I miss our appointments when he would greet me with "there is a goddess ". I´m grateful for the opportunity to have been his patient for over 20 years. His mischievous smile and laugh I´ll remember for the rest of my life. He was truly a wonderful doctor and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jennifer Olsson
November 3, 2021
James Donovan was my doctor and friend for many years. He was excellent In both regards.His passing will hurt many people and he will be missed as he helped so many.
Alex Mancini
November 1, 2021
I know Jim first and foremost as the father of Elisa, a kind and gentle man with a wicked sense of humor and irony, as generous and giving as anyone I have known and a dear friend. He will be missed. All my love to the family.
Mimi Satter
November 1, 2021
Sad that you are gone, but relived that you are not suffering any more. Jim, You were loved by many. I will miss you, my dearest friend. To Jose, you were his ROCK, How lucky to have a friend like you. With all my love
Sonia Dumit-Minkel
October 30, 2021
You were a ray of sunshine in the office. Fun, loving, passionate. I have so many happy memories of you my mentor and my friend. Love and miss you so much. RIP my brother. Sending love to all your family.
Marideli Lopez and family
October 29, 2021
I am so saddened by the news of Jim's life and offer you my most sincere condolences. I was one of his patients until last year. I am indebted to him for being an incredible physician. I feel like he saved my life! Besides his sharp medical skills and knowledge, I valued his kindness and attitude. He always greeted me with a smile and sort of a mischievous grin saying "Here comes trouble!". It put me at right at ease. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Joanne Niedzwicki
October 29, 2021
Jim was special. You were automatically drawn to his warmth, sense of humor & his lovable ways. He was one of a kind friend & his absence will leave a deep void.
Pemala Pradhan
October 29, 2021
Jose and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need to talk, I am here. Please think of the good memories you have.
Pat and Bob Koniz
October 28, 2021
I'm so sad to hear of Dr. Donovan's death. He's been my Dr. for over 15 years. He was a great Dr.; very knowledgeable and helpful. He was a very kind, caring & funny man. I will miss him very much. My heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, co-workers and patients. I will miss him terribly. R.I.P. with love, Debbie
Deborah Bersani-Tambasco
October 28, 2021
My sympathies for your loss. I could always reach out with questions and input to him and he was always so gracious and warm in his demeanor. He will be missed in the medical community.
Carol Rogers NP
October 28, 2021
We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Donovan. He is our hero. Dr. Donovan took exceptionally good care of our family over the years. His compassion and dedication, indeed! There´s no one like Dr. Donovan. A brilliant man who had a sense of humor. He was always a pleasure! The world is a sadder place without this man. For the family, we are so sorry. Our deepest condolences.
Dr. and Mrs. George Tremiti
October 28, 2021
RIP Dr Donovan - you were my very favorite Doctor ever & I just miss you so much......
Cathy Evans
October 28, 2021
Dr. Donovan was the most incredible physician. Not only did he care for us but he made us feel comfortable by sharing his stories and laugher. We are completely heartbroken by the loss of such a wonderful man. We Will miss you Julie and Pete Woodworth
Julie and Pete Woodworth
October 28, 2021
We lost a great friend, a wonderful soul, RIP James. Our sincere condolences to the family.
Nasri and Hoda Ghaly
October 27, 2021
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