OBITUARY

Jack Donahue

April 13, 1929October 16, 2021

John “Jack” Donahue died peacefully October 16th, 2021 at the age of 92. Born in Cambridge, MA in 1929 he graduated from Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School and Dartmouth College, and served in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. Jack married his loving wife, Antoinette (Segura) of 62 years in 1952 and lived most of their lives in Eastham. They summered in Provincetown where he owned and operated the Everbreeze Restaurant. Jack’s first coaching opportunity was with the Dartmouth College freshmen hockey team. He started teaching at Barnstable High School, and then moved to Nauset Regional in 1959. This started his 40+ year career in teaching, coaching and athletic administration. Coach D was a well-known figure throughout the Cape during his illustrious career. He impacted the lives of countless student-athletes and had the highest respect from his opponents and colleagues. As a coach of soccer, hockey and baseball he accrued over 1,000 wins. Jack was the first to recognize his teams, not himself, for his success. He loved being involved with his players, watching them develop as athletes on the field and maturing as adults off the field. He took great pride in staying connected with all of them long after they had graduated. Jack was predeceased by his wife, Antoinette and his beloved grandson, Michael. He leaves behind his three sons Jon (JoAnn) of Rochester, MA, David (Lisa) of Graham, NC and Michael (Jayna) of Portsmouth, RI. He was a loving grandfather (Papa) to Janna, Jack and Megan and cherished by his three great-grandchildren Lucille, Vivian and Catherine. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nauset Booster Club, Box 2174, Orleans, MA 02653. For Online condolences please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com

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George A. Haskins

November 15, 2021

The fellow members of the Class of 1954 at Dartmouth College send their condolences to the family of John 'Jack' Peter Donahue on his recent passing.

Kevin Lowey

November 9, 2021

To the Donahue Family,

My deepest sympathy to your entire family for Jack's passing. I was always very honored to care for Jack at my chiropractic center. He was a wonderful man and being involved with the Nauser Warriors Booster Club for the past 15 years, your generosity to have donations support the club is a lovely gesture. I have heard many stories about "Coach Donahue" at meetings and at games and wish he had been my baseball coach in high school!! Blessings and prayers to you all. Kevin Lowey

jim Rondeau

October 24, 2021

Jack a very fair and even tempered man who was an honor to officiate for. great memories in both high school and the cape league. soccer game on ack is one i will never forget. my condolences to his entire family from his favorite umpire. sincerely Jim Rondeau

MIKE HARRIS

October 24, 2021

THANK YOU FOR THE GUIDANCE! AND INSTILLING SPORTS INTO MY LIFE! RIP COACH








Anita Erickson

October 24, 2021

RIP JACK

Bill Higgins

October 23, 2021

My condolences to the family. I worked at the Cape Cod Times for 43 years and spent many a day covering Jack's games, especially some of his great soccer teams. He was a class act and a wonderful example of how high school sports are an extension of the classroom and build character.

Winthrop Farwell Jr.

October 23, 2021

To the Donahue Family:
My sincere condolences and prayers to you during this time of sorrow. Coach Donahue was an exceptional person and educator. He "mentored," not just educated, those of us who played for him. When we are older we look back at the persons who had a profound effect on us as we were students growing up and developing into young adults. Coach Donahue was one of those in my life.
Win Farwell, NRHS, Class of 1965

Eric Rasmussen

October 22, 2021

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have played four years for two Nauset Regional High School coaching legends - Coach Leo Miller and Coach Jack Donahue (Coach D).

Coach D was a great coach and a wonderful man. He cared so much about his players and the school. I fondly remember the trust he had in his players, the passion he had for teaching and coaching, his big smile after a win and his willingness to tell parents to back off when overstepped (he was ahead of his time here).

My favorite memory of Coach D actually comes from during a challenging 1999 season, when we lost most of the original varsity team due to a drinking incident in Florida. Only a few of us remained from the original roster and instead of throwing away the season, Coach D brought the JV team to the varsity level. Most coaches would have gone through the motions and chalked up the season to a lost year. Not Coach D. He pushed every one of us, encouraged a team comprised of two upperclassmen (including Josh Adams, one of the best captains I’ve ever had) and the rest fresh/sophs to fight every game and even led us to a state playoff game that year. He saw potential in everyone, even when maybe we doubted ourselves. I’ll never forget that.

I will miss Coach D immensely. The coach. The man. The life lessons. I hope he knew how much of a positive impact he had on people like me. He was truly one of a kind.

My condolences to his family.

R.I.P. Coach D.

Eric Rasmussen, Class of 2002

Rob LaBranche

October 22, 2021

This Iroquois proverb seems very fitting for the leader of so many Warriors:
"No one is truly gone until the last of the tribe stops whispering that name."
His name will be mentioned fondly for many years to come. My condolences to the Donohue family. He will be missed by all.

John Garran

October 22, 2021

You were one of the good guys! R.I.P. Sir!

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