March 14, 1955November 17, 2021

After a long struggle with mental illness Edward L. Donovan Jr. passed away peacefully in the presence of his dedicated caregivers in Tewksbury, MA on November 17, 2021. Services were held at Gillooly Funeral Home and interment was at Highland Cemetery.

Ed faced many challenges throughout his 66 years of life with courage and determination. His wry humor often turned difficult events into manageable moments. While attending Saint Catherine’s School and Norwood High his early life was filled with happy memories of fishing along New Pond, playing hockey at Pettees, and enjoying the company of many wonderful friends at Father Mac’s, the Shattuck School playground, and the Cottage Street neighborhood.

As one of the late Dr. Edward L. and Margaret L. Donovan’s ten children he managed to carve out a unique presence admired by all who knew him. His devotion to his parents was undeniable and life-long.

Ed will be dearly missed by siblings Nancy of Philadelphia, Tom of Wellesley, Steve and wife Corinne of Duxbury, Robert of South Hadley, Ellen of Rochester NY, John and wife Robin of Walpole, William of Cambridge, Michael of Norwood and Elizabeth of Norwood and by nieces Lisa, Laura and Amara and nephew Jonathan.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.



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Donna Walsh McCann

December 5, 2021

I loved Eddie so much growing up! I am so sorry for all of your sorrows at this point and I know your mom and dad loved him so much!

Dawn Piso

December 4, 2021

Dear Donovan Family,
My mother and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Thinking of you all and sending our prayers.
Love Dawn & Ann

Annemarie Kougias

December 4, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. I had a crush on him beginning in 7th Grade at St. Catherine's and lasting through graduation from Norwood High. He will forever have a place in my heart
Annemarie Millin Kougias

faith macphee

November 26, 2021

To the Donovan Family, I just found out that Eddie had passed away, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a sibling is difficult to bear because it is losing a witness to your past. I have fond and some funny memories of St Catherine's and high school and one particularly embarrassing one involving Gera Crimmins cellar, my father and a basement window. More on that humiliating situation if interested. I wish we had had the opportunity to grow older together but am grateful for having had the connections we did. Please know that you are all in my thoughts as you grieve this heartbreaking loss. Faith Costello MacPhee

sheila eppolito

November 23, 2021

My father and Ed's father were best friends. I was younger than Ed, but knew the family well. They were lovely. I remember the gravity of Ed's situation, and how devoted the family was to continuing to support him through his life. Dr. Donovan and Mrs. Donovan loved him, all their kids, and all of us, so well.
All best wishes,
Sheila (Riley).Eppolito

Mary OToole

November 22, 2021

Dear Eddie,
Mike, Winnie, P.J. and I remember your smile, your laugh, your great sense of humor. We remember you as a phenomenal athlete and quite humble about your great gift. You were very kind to each of us in many personal ways.
Rest in peace, Eddie.
My family and I send our love and sincere condolences to the Donovan family.
Mary OToole