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Ronald James Donnelly

September 3, 1962December 31, 2020

Ronald “Ron” James Donnelly, 58, died peacefully at his home on December 31, 2020.

Ron was born and raised in the Capital District Albany area of New York State. Living in Watervliet, NY, he attended La Salle Military High School in Troy, NY, graduate of Watervliet high school in 1980. Siena College in Colonie, NY was his source of knowledge in finance and banking.

While living in Watervliet, NY, he married Diane Noonan Donnelly, whom he had four children with. He loved and cherished his 3 boys and 1 girl. He is predeceased by his parents, Jim and Doris Donnelly. He is survived and extremely proud of his children, Ryan P. Donnelly, Brandon S. Donnelly and wife Shalane Donnelly, Joshua “Josh” Donnelly and Taylor E. Donnelly, proud grandpa “Opa” to grandchildren, Morgan, Lucas and Greyson, his two wiener dogs, Marco and Polo as well as his sister Pegi Donnelly Goering. He is also survived by distant family member of both the Frey and Staples families.

Ron moved to Cape Cod in 2009, prior to that he had an extensive banking career and became manager of Bank of America in Orleans, Massachusetts. At the time of his passing, he was a fulltime employee as an officer and then promoted to Vice President, Financial Center Manager of Bank of America in Orleans, MA. He leaves behind many cherished friends from work and his loving, caring neighbors and friends that he made throughout his life.

Ron had many varied interests and hobbies. He did a great deal of volunteering in his community. He always wanted to help others.

His love for his career and his coworkers was always something that brought joy to his life. Ron had a strong work ethic and always gave 100%.

Ron loved all kinds of music. He was an excellent dancer and loved to dance. Having a former DJ hobby, he always ended his gigs by playing his favorite song, “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. He also enjoyed gardening and loved the ocean.

Ron will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He loved all of you.

At this time there will be no formal services for Ron.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish to help the family at this unexpected and difficult family time may go to:

" Many tides...Many Memories"


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Diane Donnelly

January 20, 2021

Ron Donnelly’s Family would like to thank those who shared their memories of him and to those who donated in his memory.

It has been wonderful to see so many great recollections written by those who knew Ron throughout his life.

Ron did believe in an afterlife.
Blasting his music , smiling and dancing forever.................

Many Tides...... Many Memories

Ryan Donnelly

January 14, 2021

Thank you dad for all you did for your kids and grandkids. We love you!

Diane Donnelly

January 10, 2021

You wrote this poem to me and I still remember it. And have reflected on it many times over the years 😊

Love is you
Love is me
Love is the two of us
Love will be with us , forever, as long as I think of you........


Diane Donnelly

January 10, 2021

“ The Dance” by Garth Brooks says it all

were loved so much, Ron.

Thank you for loving our four children, our three grandchildren and me.

Last Dance..............Fly free to the next realm........


Michael Cohen

January 9, 2021

I was saddened when I heard about Ron’s passing. Ron is one of the people who helped jumpstart my career with the bank and helped me tremendously along the way. He was one of the most caring people I had come across and truly cared about those he worked with and the community at large. He was always there when I needed advice. He will be missed.

Jamie Childs-Cohen

January 9, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Ron at the bank. He always cared for the community, his clients and his associates. He was passionate about always doing the right thing and volunteering in the community. He will be missed by myself and the many lives he touched. Rest in peace Ron.

Mark Ray

January 9, 2021

I grew up with Ron. He even lived at my parents house for a short time. He loved music back then. I have not seen or heard from him in many years.
So sorry to hear the news. He was a good friend. Glad to hear he did very well in life.

Diane Donnelly

January 9, 2021

Mayflower Beach , Cape Cod

Taylor Donnelly

January 8, 2021

Daddy, I'll always love you and I'll remember all the good times. Thanks for being my Dad. Always giving and caring.

Love your #1 daughter

Marie Service-Parker

January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ron’s untimely passing. He was way too young. We grew up on 6th Avenue in Watervliet - down the street from the
Donnelly family. I remember Mr, and Mrs. Donnelly and the children. It was a wonderful time to grow up in Watervliet. Very safe, wonderful neighbors, peaceful. 6th Avenue holds many memories. I DO remember Ron being a DJ. Thanks for mentioning that in the memories. I do believe that Ron’s sister still lives in the same house on 6th Avenue???? Peace, hugs, and prayers to all
Marie Service Parker
Parents: Al and Tillie Service