OBITUARY

Joseph P. Donovan Jr.

July 22, 1953September 21, 2013
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.DONOVAN, Joseph P. , Jr., 60, of Walpole, suddenly, formerly of Norwood on Saturday September 21. Born in Norwood on July 22, 1953, he graduated from St. Catherine of Siena School and Norwood High School with the Class of 1971. Joe graduated from the University of Kentucky and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Joe was the beloved husband of Marybeth (Shannon) Donovan of Walpole, devoted son of Joan R. (Dower) Donovan, with whom he lived in Walpole, and the late Joseph P. Donovan. Loving father and biggest fan of his 3 sons, Joseph P., III, Brendan R., and Patrick T. Donovan all of Walpole. Dear brother of Jeremiah Donovan and his wife , Terry of CT and Joanne Kale of Norwood, MA , and fun uncle of several nieces and nephews. Early in his career, he was an aide to Congressman Joseph Moakley and also worked for the IBPO and NAGE unions in Boston. He practiced law in Canton at Rudin, Herzog, Ward and Donovan, P.C. with his partner at the firm, Timothy Ward. For many years, he coached his sons and others’ soccer, basketball, and baseball teams in leagues in Walpole. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5, at 9:00 AM from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St. (Rte. 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Timothy Church, 650 Nichols St., Norwood. Burial will be private in Rural Cemetery, Walpole. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 4, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the Donovan Children’s Education Fund c/o RUDIN, HERZOG, WARD & DONOVAN, PC, 95 Washington Street, Suite 598, P.O. Box 179, Canton, MA 02021-0179.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Funeal Mass Saturday, October 5, 2013
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Joseph P. Donovan Jr.

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Tom Gugliotta

October 14, 2013

Joe, was one of the good guys around town! A true friend to everyone and an all around gentleman! You will be missed, Joe! RIP

October 14, 2013

Marybeth, I am so sorry to hear about Joe.
Please know that you and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers,
Fondly Paula MacDonald

Laureen Finn (Dower)

October 11, 2013

My dearest and most beloved cousin...
You always left such and amazing impression on me....always having kind words of inspiration for me and my kids...memories I will cherish.
You will be sorely missed...love you...oxoxoxoxo

Chuck Strickland

October 11, 2013

I was fortunate enough to know Joe at UK and as frat brother. Over the years through Facebook I came to realize what an insightful, intelligent man Joe was. He seemed to always know what to say and how to say it. He will be missed. RIP

JEANNE GUGLIOTTA-NICKOLA

October 11, 2013

JOE, YOU REACHED OUT TO MY FAMILY ( FELICIA ) WHEN SHE NEEDED HELP..AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT..YOU WERE A FAMILY FRIEND...I AM STILL IN SHOCK...YOU WILL BE MISSED

Renee Hoyle

October 6, 2013

Marybeth and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you....

Fay Rose Donovan

October 5, 2013

Joe - One of the nicest men from Norwood. It was always a pleasure to run into him. His kind nature and infectious goodwill will be sorely missed.

October 5, 2013

I will miss you Joe. Thanks for being a wonderful "brother" to Bud.
Sherry

Pete Lindfors

October 5, 2013

Joe and I were best buds at Norwood High. Even our Dads were schoolmates and played on Norwood HS sports teams together. Joe and I were able to reconnect through Facebook and our "Class of '71" class reunions. Kind of like, "You're going? OK, I'll go too." We'll all miss Joe. My condolences to his great and wonderful family.
Very Truly Yours

Sarah (Sally) Maresh

October 5, 2013

I am especially sorry that I didn't get to see Joe again since I'd planned to "meet" him again next spring. I remember meeting him at my grandma's house (Emma Nugent on Hoyle Street) when I was a child and he was my age. We both became lawyers and although I've been to Norwood and Walpole several times, I didn't reconnect with him. I'm so sorry about that and pray for his family and all our Dower family in Massachusetts.
With great memories and Love,
Sally Maresh
One of your many Denver cousins