John F. Donovan

January 7, 1929March 3, 2013

John F. Donovan, 84, passed away March 3, 2013 at Leisure Park Nursing Home in Lakewood. Mr. Donovan was born and raised in Elizabeth before moving to Cranford in 1972. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 in the 704th AAA Gun Battalion in Fort Banks, MA. John worked for the Singer Manufacturing Company and was a fireman for many years for the City of Elizabeth retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Elizabeth Exempt Fireman’s Association, FMBA Local 9, NJ State Retired Police and Firemen’s Association, American Legion Clark Post #0328 and the Deutscher Club of Clark. John was an avid walker in retirement, excelled in bowling and softball and loved the NY Yankees and Notre Dame Football. He was a loving brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by all. Mr. Donovan is survived by his four siblings Mary Fedor, Agnes Kaczmarek and her husband Thomas A., Ann Phillips, and Peggy Sharkey and her husband Hugh, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the D’Elia Funeral Home Rt. 70 & Vermont Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:15AM at the St. Luke’s Church in Toms River. Interment will take place at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, March 8, 2013

John F. Donovan

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March 7, 2013

My brother Frank informed me of the passing of John which brings wonderful memories of growing up on Jacques Street.
My husband Pat and I extend our warmest sympathy and love to the the family.....Mary Agnes Ann and Peggy.

Pat and Pat White
229 Red Fox Drive
Pisgah Forest, N.C. 28768 (retired here in 1994)

Frank Trocino

March 6, 2013

Peggy, Agnes , Ann, and Mary, How sad I felt when I Read of John's passing. Memories of our youth on Jacques St. filled my mind. John, and your parents, and all of you recall happy moments in my life. Please accept my deepest sympathy as well as my wife Peggy's from here in Fernandina Beach Fl. where we now live since 2005.