Jeffrey William Donahue

July 28, 1950September 21, 2013
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Jeffrey William Donahue of Stamford, CT died on September 21, 2013 surrounded by family in his home in Stamford after a long battle with melanoma. He was 63 years old. Jeffrey is survived by his beloved wife Eileen Tully Donahue, daughters Kerry Donahue Shepski, Kelly Donahue, and son-in-law Scott Shepski. He was one of twelve children, and is survived by siblings Denny, Jack, Gingi Donohue, Donny, Timothy, Patrick, Christopher, David, Anne Geary and Mary Grella. He is also predeceased by his parents Alphonsus & Virginia Donahue, and his oldest brother Alphonsus III.

Born in the Shippan neighborhood of Stamford, CT on July 28, 1950, Jeffrey was a graduate of The King School, attended John Carroll University, and graduated from Emerson University in 1974. In 1976, Jeffrey and his brother Timothy moved to Florida to open the first of a chain of Ben Franklin stores. It was in Gibsonton, Florida where he met his future wife, Eileen. The two married in 1978 and over the next 35 years of happy marriage lived across Florida, Pennsylvania and Georgia, before eventually settling back in Connecticut.

Jeffrey was a dedicated and successful businessman, working primarily in the field of telecommunications at companies Dial Page, Adelphia, Telcove, Atlantic Partners and UCT Coatings. Though he loved his work, Jeffrey was quick to admit he was happiest singing, sailing, or being with his family. In Tampa, he was a member of the barbershop chorus The Heralds of Harmony and he later formed the acapella ensemble Middle of Nowhere in Coudersport.

Jeffrey’s life will be celebrated at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home 2900 Summer Street Stamford on Thursday, September 26 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 27 at 10:00am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation ( Online condolences may be made by visiting



  • Visiting Hours Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 27, 2013


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Jeffrey William Donahue

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Bob and Georgia Calhoun

December 31, 2013

Our condolences to Jeffrey's family, and to all the Donahues. It doesn't seem so terribly long ago that we all were thoroughly enjoying our King School and college years; there are so many warm, fond memories. I'll always remember Jeffrey as a big,happy kid, enthusiastic and positive, a fine friend and teammate, and regret that he left this life far too soon.

Debbie White Burg

October 19, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear about Jeffrey. We all had lots of fun growing up together at The Yacht Club and in Shippan, I especially remember his big smile and jolly laugh. My condolences to all the Donahues.

Leigh Stonington

October 10, 2013

Eileen and Tim...

Very sad to read of Jeffrey's passing at such an early age. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Carol Barnard

October 9, 2013

Dear Donahue Family: I was saddened to learn of Jeff's early passing. I was a friend of Denny's in high school and remember Jeff at the family pool in the summers always making us laugh. You are all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Carol Schelhammer Barnard

October 7, 2013

Dear Eileen and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear the news. Jeff always offered a cheery word and a smile, making it a point to connect with anyone who crossed his path, regardless of their lot in life. I have found memories of him during our time as colleagues in Coudersport Pa. He made a profound impact on the lives of so many folks. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joanne Wolf (Columbus Ohio)

JC Calhoun

September 29, 2013

Dear Eileen,

I am so sorry and deeply saddened. Jeff would always come into my office and look at the pictures of my little ones and tell me how beautiful and precious they were. You could always hear him singing or laughing in the office or hallway when in town. I will say a prayer.

September 28, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all on this day. Jeff, Al, and Gayl are watching us all now,
Jan Lehman

Billy Frenz

September 28, 2013

Sincere condolences to the Donahue family...

Pat & Sue Clifford

September 28, 2013

We are both so very sorry to for the loss of your brother. May the fun and happy memories of your dear brother fill your hearts in the difficult days ahead.

September 27, 2013

Dear Donahues, we are so sorry not to be there today to celebrate Jeffrey's life. I know though that he lived life every day as a gift to be celebrated. He always made those around him feel special. God Bless you, dear Jeffrey...The Cahills