Edward A. Donnelly

August 25, 1942May 4, 2018

Edward A. Donnelly, 76, of Raymond, died peacefully on May 4, 2018 at his home of 42 years after a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family, friends and his devoted and faithful companions Dixie and Smokey who remained by his side throughout his illness. He was born in Manchester on August 25, 1942, the third of seven children, to Edward and Eva (Whittemore) Donnelly. He grew up in Manchester and was educated in the Queen City school system.

He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, enlisting at the age of 17 during the Vietnam War and serving for 29 years. Ed was a true craftsman and following his discharge founded Unlimited Auto Body in Hooksett where he was the successful owner and operator for more than 27years. Following his retirement, he worked as the manager of NH Blacktop Sealers of Auburn.

Ed believed in living life to its fullest. He was a diehard Elvis fan and had a genuine passion for cars, especially ’55 Fords and Lincolns having owned several during his lifetime. He enjoyed bowling with his wife at Strikers East in Raymond and spending time with family, friends and co-workers. He also enjoyed traveling and visited numerous states, various countries and made frequent trips to his favorite “Hot Spot”, Las Vegas. Everyone could recognize him as he drove by with his license plate –VEGAS-. Ed was loved and cherished by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and will certainly live on in their hearts and memories.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Richard Rumphrey and his sister Blanche Kennedy.

Members of his family include his loving wife of 52 years, Thelma (Blichmann) Donnelly of Raymond, his daughters Kristen Payton and her husband Norman of Hooksett and Shannon Donnelly of Concord, his grandchildren and best buddies Dylen, Joshua, Clayton and Norman III, his brother Michael Donnelly and his wife Elaine of Massachusetts, his sisters Maureen Donnelly of Florida, Joan Mikels and her husband George of Oregon and Gloria Demers and her husband Dave of Manchester as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation was held on Wednesday May 16 from 6 to 8 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester with a Memorial Service celebrated at 7:30 pm. Urn burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Ed’s name be made to the Manchester Animal Shelter 490 Dunbarton Rd. Manchester, NH 03102.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Michael Donnelly

May 14, 2018

My big brother Ed,

I will always remember the times that I spent working for you after school. Beyond just being a part time job, you gave me a chance to experience your kindness and generosity first hand. Always willing to let me know when a mistake was made without lecturing or admonishing. You probably did not know it then, but I cherished these times together and have carried your lessons with me always.

I will miss talking with you on the phone and seeing you coming down the driveway when I visited your home in Raymond.

All my love dear brother.

Joan Donnelly Mikels

May 10, 2018

To My Brother Ed,

I am so grateful for our special bond, for the time we spent together and for the many precious memories of you that will remain close to my heart forever.

We became separated by many miles after George and I moved to Oregon, yet you and I remained close. We talked often and we complained about the obstacle a 3-hour time difference presented when trying to connect with one another. I loved hearing your voice; you could make me laugh so easily. You listened patiently when I shared my troubles with you. Once, when I was unusually upset, I called and ranted for awhile. You listened patiently, said "uh huh' more than a few times and then asked me, "Do you feel better now?" I burst into laughter and replied, "Yes, as a matter of fact I do!" "Thanks!"

It was so good to be with you last year, spending time with you, Thelma, Kristen, Shannon and the pets you adored, Dixie and Smokey.

I love you and miss you so.


Greg Smith

May 10, 2018

I only had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Donnelly a couple of times, but know his daughter, Shannon, and her two children, Josh and Clay, well. There are two things about Mr. Donnelly that stick out in my mind:

The first being his love of animals - when helping Shannon move and store some things at his house in Raymond, he was walking around cradling his pup like a proud papa.

The second being the importance of family to Mr. Donnelly, made obvious by the heirloom watches he gifted to his grandchildren, and the relationship he fostered between them as they grew up visiting his home, riding quads, etc.

Rest in peace.

Toni Provencher

May 9, 2018

I will always remember my Uncle Ed as my special mechanic. When I got my first car, it spent more time with him than with me. He was always so helpful and understanding as I started out in my adulthood. What I will remember most, however, is how kind he was to my father (his big brother) when my father's health began to decline. His visits meant the world to my father, the joy the two of them shared was just beautiful. Rest in peace Uncle Eddie, we will miss you.

My thoughts are with my Aunt and Cousins during this difficult time, I love you all.
Toni and Dennis Provencher

Kristen Payton

May 8, 2018

Remember Dad,
Dad you will always be ingrained in our lives, our hearts and most of all in our memories.
I know I will eventually look through these tears, the sorrow and the pain of your passing.
The world is a little less vibrant without you in it.
I will always remember your love, your warmth and your embrace.
You were always so caring.
Your actions were sometimes louder than words.
I will never forget your smile, (which was often just a smirk).
Forever you will remain in my heart and the hearts of those who knew and loved you.
Your spirit and life force will never truly depart......
Love You
Kristen Ann

Shannon Donnelly

May 8, 2018

My father gave us so many wonderful memories. My most memorable moment was when he built this enormous tree house for his three, much loved grandchildren. He worked for days on end, carefully constructing it along the way. My youngest son, was the littlest of the bunch. He was very small at the time and struggled to keep up with his older brother and cousin. I remember my son saying to my father, "grandpa, I can't climb that ladder, it is to wobbly and I could get hurt." My father smiled at him lovingly and said, "Well Mr. Clayton, then I will build you a staircase,"... and so he did. My father immediately tore down the rope ladder and began constructing a very expensive staircase. To my son's delight and approval, he was able to climb into and out of the tree house; now all three grandchildren would enjoy their tree fort for years and years to come. My father was the kind of man who always went above and beyond to meet the needs of others. He took pride in being able to put a smile on the faces of others. He genuinely found happiness in making others happy! We love you dad! You will forever live in our hearts...

Gloria Demers (Donnelly)

May 8, 2018

There are many good memories of my brother. Some special ones are from my memories of him when he joined the Navy. He traveled a lot and one such memory was when he was in Sicily and he brought back a doll for me and my sister. They were almost as tall as we were at the time. And they were beautiful. That was my brother. He always was so thoughtful and a great brother. He will be greatly missed. Love you Ed. Gloria.



From Dylen, Joshua and Clayton; Grandpa, we will never forget and always remember swimming in your pool every summer, weekend cookouts, teaching us about cars, building our yearly snowman each snowfall, having our annual Easter egg hunts, riding on the tractors with you and being pulled along in the cart for hours, providing each of us with our very own four-wheeler and riding for hours on end, the building of our tree house (with uniquely crafted steps and stairs)… we thank you, for all the loving time, thought, support, words of wisdom and memories you have given us… We Love You Grandpa!

From Kristen and Shannon; Dad, we will always remember and never forget our trip together to Las Vegas (giving Kris front row and on stage interaction with Chris Angel!), giving us everything and anything we ever wanted and asked for (Buying us our first pair of Nike sneakers, our first baseball gloves and baseball; playing catch in the front yard, ATV, our first car, our beloved horses and many pets), for holding our hands and being there, just to "listen", for tending to the fences that the horses were often tear down, for making Kris, the luckiest teenager in the world by giving her a Z-28 Camaro with tee-tops, gas card included, allowing us to clean your garage on the weekends and earning our first paycheck, for always providing us with a tow, when we were broken down on the side of the road, the endless repairs on our cars keeping us safe and secure on our daily commute, for walking us down the aisle and having our father-daughter dance. We thank you for your guidance, patience, wisdom and encouragement throughout the years… We will never forget all that you have taught us and done for us… We Love You Dad!