John Vincent Donovan

June 12, 1938December 3, 2012

John Vincent Donovan, 74, of Richmond died on Monday, December 3, 2012. He was born to the late Charles D. and Hannah C. Donovan on June 12, 1938 in Boston, Mass. John was a graduate of Boston College University, Class of 1961. He was a retired professor of Economics at the University of New Hampshire. John enjoyed reading, going to the YMCA, watching the Boston Red Socks, and spending time with his many friends. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:00pm at the Woody funeral home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Central Virginia Food Bank or the John Rolfe YMCA.


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David Nolan

October 23, 2013

Dear John,
You were a bright light in my days at UVa and I am sorry we lost contact over the years. I always appreciated your spirit and talent, and I know you will be missed by your many friends. Rest in peace.

John Monet

August 3, 2013

RIP John! You will be missed. You where a very nice person I am honored that I got a chance to meet such a great person as yourself.I Will miss are Stimulating conversations we use to have when I ran in to you over the years.

January 20, 2013

I had been tryong to contact you for some time. Now I know why I cannot. We had so many, many good times. "It's the shank of the evening!" Sorry, we could not connect before you left.
Kurt Kaltreider

kurt kaltreider

January 20, 2013

So sorry to read this.

Howard Stronach

December 10, 2012


I will miss you. You were always so nice to my family and a source of positive energy and intelligent, impassioned conversation. I will never forget your Irish quote to me when I graduated from college. I think its just as relevant now:

"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Toni Rivera

December 8, 2012

Heaven has definitely gained an angel! We are missing you already!


December 7, 2012

you were such a nice guy. Always enjoyed our intellectually stimulating conversations. You were truly one of the brightest and kindest man i knew. To come to the Y everyday and overcome the challenges that you faced is awe inspiring. Thank you for being in my life and you will be greatly missed. RIP my friend

David Messner

December 7, 2012

I will mniss your spirited critiques of society, and your deep convictions of what a moral society should be.

December 6, 2012

Love ya J.D.! So glad we had the chance to have so many great chats! Will think of your great laughter and funny story every time I wear my braids :)You were one of a kind! A true gentleman!

Rich/Julie Neale

December 6, 2012

John you will be missed. I always enjoyed or chats at the John Rolfe YMCA. Julie and I both were so glad to know you and most of all you were a friend.