Doane Beal & Ames

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Charles Timothy Donovan Jr.

April 18, 1935August 7, 2019
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Charles Timothy Donovan, Jr., 84, of Harwich, MA passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Charlie was originally from Dorchester, MA (OFD), the son of the late Charles Timothy and Nora (Sullivan) Donovan. He was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, UMass Amherst and obtained his master’s degree from Salem State University. He was a proud US Navy Korean War veteran.

Charlie was a long-time resident of Andover where he was a teacher with Andover Public Schools educating 5th and 6th graders for 35 years before retiring in 1998. Charlie shared his life with his beloved late wife, Judith Ann (Scannell), who died in 2010.

He leaves behind his daughter Kathleen and her husband Daniel Baxter of Reading, Massachusetts; son William and his wife Lori of Plymouth, Massachusetts, son Steven and his wife Stacey of Westford, Massachusetts, and eight grandchildern; Siobhan and Aislinn Baxter; Ryan, Erin, Kayla and Casey Donovan; and Kendall and Jack Donovan. He is survived by his brothers, Leo and his wife Kathleen Donovan of Quincy, Massachusetts and Joseph and his wife Susan Donovan of Squantum, Massachusetts; along with many wonderful nieces and nephews. Charlie is also predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary and George Graw, Victor and Ann Carlstrom and Edward and Amy Scannell.

Charlie and his family spent many happy days summering on the Cape, camping in the tent trailer and then in the home they shared. Soon after his retirement, he and Judy became permanent Harwich residents. Charlie loved the Cape where he honeymooned with Judy, drove on the dunes of Race Point, and had countless hours of boating and fishing. He was an avid sportsman, playing hockey in college and later coaching his sons. He took great pleasure attending all of his grandchildren's, grandnieces and grandnephews sporting and dancing events.

Charlie lived a wonderful 84 years of life, bringing joy and laughs to those who met and knew him. The world is emptier today, but a better place for those us who loved him and he loved.

Visiting hours will take place Monday, August 12th 4-8 p.m. at Doane, Beal & Ames, 260 Main St. (Route 28), W. Harwich, MA 02701. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 13th at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St. (Route 28), in W. Harwich. Charlie will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife Judith in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne where he will be honored for his service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Defense Fund at https://www.childrensdefense.org/donate. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealamesharwich.com.


  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Committal Service with Military Honors Tuesday, August 13, 2019


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Jack Gleason

August 13, 2019

Charlie was one of nicest man I knew. He and I spent many times fishing various spots on the cape , then retreated to various watering holes in his area
Charlie was very kind and helpful to a disabled friend of mine for many years
many years.
I will think of him every time I think of the Cape or hopefully get down there to fish again

Robert Madigan

August 13, 2019

Charlie was loved by many and respected by all.
I was fortunate enough to spend some great times with him and his brother Joe.
When Joe and i

went to the cape to go fishing we would stay at Charlies
home where the family would treat us like royalty.
Charlie was one of leaders of the Donovan Clan.
There is no family like the Donovan,s they are the best.
RIP my Friend. Bob Madigan

Chris Sapuppo

August 13, 2019

Mr Donovan was a big part of my childhood with hockey and father of a friend for life. I have fond memories of playing cribbage on the cape. I learned a lot as child with Chazmont. My father recently mentioned he had great memories of our hockey trip to Toronto.

Charlene, Chris and Edward Vidito

August 12, 2019

It is so sad to hear about your father's passing. We mourn with you as well as celebrate his life with you. You never lose the person you love, your Dad will always be in your heart.
And because Charlie unselfishly dedicated his life to teaching kids we honored his memory at the Children's Defense Organization.
Sincerely, Charlene Knowlton, Chris Walsh, and Edward Vidito.

Michael Donovan

August 11, 2019

Uncle Charles was a great man and always full of love, kindness and fun. He was also a faithful practitioner of the old adage, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

The memories posted here paint a beautiful picture of the man. He loved his family and friends, fishing, boats, sports and the outdoors. He touched a lot of people and he sure knew how to laugh.

Witnessing the three Donovan brothers play the game of half ball at the Cape house was to experience serious competition wrapped in humor and mischief. Despite the sand and pine needles, it always transported me back to the Dorchester neighborhood of their youth, standing in the shadows of the triple-deckers.

We will really miss you Chas.

Ed Scannell

August 10, 2019

I have known Uncle Charlie all my life. He was one of those people that you know that never seem to change - and I say that in the best of ways. He always looked the same to me; he was always calm, cool and collected; he was always funny; and he always made you feel better when you were around him. He loved his family - immediate and extended. I will never forget how he treated and interacted with my parents. So thoughtful and genuine. He was my fun and funny uncle. The baseball term, Uncle Charlie, is used to describe a curve ball. How appropriate. You never quite knew if Uncle Charlie’s stories were true or not. But he was true and he will be truly missed.

Robert Bright

August 10, 2019

His low key chuckle when he thought something was funny and his smiling face that went with the laugh. A joyful laugh that was frequently heard and shared with others.

Charles Donovan aka "Chaz", Mr. Donovan to myself was a good and honorable man, father and husband. A roll model anyone could learn from for the fact he was a sensible, honest down to earth person.

Always respected always liked, a man of great internal balance.

Mr. Donovan, you are sadly missed by many. My deepest condolences to the extended Donovan Family and friends.

Best wishes to all.
Robert Bright

Paul Reardon

August 9, 2019

Charlie ,
Was a father figure to me when i needed one most.
He not only gave me my first set of hockey gear but paid the first few year’s league fees.
My fondest memories revolve around Donovan summers at the cape, fishing , driving down Nauset beach .
I am grateful for his generosity, patience and mentorship.
Rest in peace

Mike Carlstrom

August 9, 2019

Uncle Chas was a nice guy. In fact he was the nicest guy I know. That seems so inadequate but it doesn't make it any less true. Nice in the most profound sense of the word. Loving, kind ,compassionate, and a very funny guy. Very. How many people do you know who told the story of his time spent as a trainer of elephants? I still laugh thinking of him atop an elephant's back teaching him tricks. Even though it wasn't true! That just made it funnier. On the list of nice guys, he is at the top. Good bye Uncle Charlie. The nicest guy I have ever known.

John Carlstrom

August 8, 2019

The world lost one of the best in Uncle Charlie. I never spent time with him that wasn't enjoyable. I always left in a better mood afterwards. I am happy he lived such a good life, but will miss him dearly and so will those that were closest to him. I feel so blessed to have known him, and shared so many great moments with him. I am sure he will be happy to be reunited with Aunt Judy in heaven. They made a perfect pair. RIP.