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Donovan, Paul T.

Paul T. Donovan, a resident of Westwood, died on November 21 with his family by his side.  He was 86. Paul was born in Dorchester to the late James Donovan and the late Lillian (McCarthy).  He was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School.  He then went on to serve in the United States Marine Corp. during WWII and held rank of corporal.  Mr. Donovan worked for New England Telephone as a manager for several years and was former financial secretary of Local 1, New England Telephone Co.  He was an active member of the Chch of St. Denis in Westwood and also one of their alter servers.  Paul was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Hanley), and together they raised 4 children;  Jean Donovan of Westwood, Kathleen Donovan and her husband Todd Randall of Westwood, Robert Donovan of Webster, and Janet Donovan of Mansfield.  He is also survived by his brother Alfred Donovan of Weymouth.  He was the loving grandfather of Kasey and her husband Christopher Wheeler, Shauna and Allie Orlando, Edward Melito and Michaela Sawyer. Dear brother of the late James and Robert Donovan and the late Lilian Neely.   Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Wednesday at 8 AM from the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High St., Westwood followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 0’clock at the Church of St. Denis, 157 Washington St., Westwood.  Interment in New Westwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours are at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sara (MacNeil) Becker-Gird
    November 22nd, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    Words cannot describe how I feel about the passing of this wonderful, upbeat, terrific man. He has been so much a part of our family and our history that I think I speak for all of us “MacNeils” that we all felt he WAS family to us. Like a special Uncle who could always make us laugh. His sense of humor was unsurpassed and unlike anyone I have met or probably ever will. I will always remember how much my parents loved him and I know that the feeling was mutual. I will cherish the old photograph I have of he and my Dad when they were in the service together all those years ago along with all the others we have of them as the years went by. We all know that Paul and Al and Rita and all their friends who have left us are having a big bash up there somewhere!! He is someone who will always hold a very special place in my memories and my heart. Love to you Jeannie, Kathy, Robbie and Janet…Sara

  2. Hollie Rarick & Family
    November 22nd, 2009 | 7:22 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Mr. D was a dear man. I have enjoyed the pleasure of his friendship these past thirty years. He always spoke of the joy and happiness that his family gave him. He never forgot to call me on my birthday and I looked forward to our conversations, where I got all the updates on the family. I thank him for keeping me informed and will always treasure the special bond we had. Love and prayers are with you all, at this very difficult time. With our deepest condolences we wish you all the best.
    Ray, Hollie, Jake, and Nikki.

  3. Vicki Leben
    November 22nd, 2009 | 9:26 pm

    My sympathy goes to you on the passing of your dad and grandfather.
    May the many memories you share with family and friends bring warmth, comfort and peace to your hearts.
    My Deepest Sympathies,
    Vicki Leben (Hollie’s Mom)

  4. Kathy
    November 23rd, 2009 | 11:35 am

    Jeanie & Family,

    May I send you my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time – and forever. You dad was a great man and I have very fond memories of him and will miss him when I call and/or visit. Love and prayers, Kathy Player

  5. Beth Nash-Sterling
    November 24th, 2009 | 1:21 pm

    Janet and Family, My deepest sympathy to you all during this very difficult time. I know how much you loved your dad. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  6. Vin DeFerrari
    November 24th, 2009 | 8:18 pm

    Paul,we have been good friends for over 60 years. we will really miss you and your calls. all our prayers are with you
    Vin DeFerrari

  7. Gregory Fitzgerald and Family
    November 25th, 2009 | 12:18 pm

    The Fitzgerald Family would like to extend it’s deepest sympathy to all of the Donovan family. We, the children of John and Peg Fitzgerald of Hyde Park, will always fondly remember him for his quick, sharp wit that entertained us all throughout the years – as well as his long friendship with our parents.
    God bless you all.

    Greg, Maryanne, Matt & Sean
    Islington, Ma

  8. Coleen Dennett
    November 30th, 2009 | 1:41 pm

    Dear Jeannie

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.


  9. Kathleen Hanley
    April 10th, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Paul after all these years.

    Dorothy (Hanley) is our Aunt and sister of the late John Warren Hanley (April 2012), your uncle. Special memories from my family to yours. Love to you Jeannie, Kathy, Robbie and Janet and family.

    From your California and North Carolina family, Danny, Kathy (, Johnny & Seandee Hanley.

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