Donald P. Donovan

April 10, 1926July 18, 2013

Donald P. Donovan, 87

Portland – Donald P. Donovan of Cumberland Foreside, Maine passed away peacefully July 18, 2013 in Portland, Maine. Donald was born on April 10, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of Edward T. and Luella Donovan.

He attended schools in Washington, DC graduating from Dover High in New Hampshire. He began his college career at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. With degree in hand, Donald enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers where he was trained and was initially stationed in El Paso, Texas. Luckily for him, a cute Army nurse spotted him as he sang and sparks flew. Mary, the love of his life and Donald were married in El Paso in February of 1950.

Following the service, Donald began his career with General Electric, staying with them until 1978. Throughout his years with GE, Donald and Mary lived many places: Philadelphia, Burlington, Schenectady, Southern California and Bangor, Maine. After leaving GE, Donald finished his career at the Siemens Corporation, which had brought them to Sarasota, Florida.

Throughout his life, Donald would liven up any situation when he burst into song, usually an Irish song or one of his favorite college fight songs. Family and friends always loved the Donovan family sing-a-longs. Whether it was his brother David at the piano or two of his sons, Michael and Martin, on guitar, Donald’s voice was always the anchor to the sing-a-longs. Shortly before his passing, the family gathered for his last sing-a-long as he sang his final tribute to Mary, “Galway Bay”.

When many slowed down in retirement, Donald and Mary jumped on “the highway of life”. Packing up their RV, they traveled throughout North America. They enjoyed all the sights and time spent together as they cruised through Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the entire U.S.

Donald is survived by his and Mary’s seven children and their families: Michael and Jenee Donovan, Margaret Honan, Kevin Donovan, Martin and Karen Donovan, Kathryn and Bob Mattison, Timothy and Jennifer Donovan, Patrick and Judy Donovan, 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one more on the way. Donald is also survived by his brother Hugh and his wife Carol.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday July 25, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 26 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, 78 Smith Street, Yarmouth on Saturday July 27 at 2:00 PM. Please visit to view a video collage of Donald’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Donald’s memory to: Mary Donovan Charitable Remainder Trust, U.B.S., One City Center – 7th Floor, Portland, ME 04101.


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Burial Saturday, July 27, 2013

Donald P. Donovan

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Robby Mac Donald

July 27, 2013

Margaret (Marty)...
Praying for you and your family during this time..

Lindsay Rand

July 25, 2013

Don was an amazing guy. Larger than life, and I will never forget him.

Dolores Stahura

July 25, 2013

Remembering the smiling residents in Imperial Lakes (Fl) we enjoyed their singing, especially at Christmas. Always so much a part of our community.

Sadly an end of an era, but filled with loving memories. My
condolences to all of you.

The Hallisey Family

July 23, 2013

Margaret, Karen and Family. Our prayers are with you.

Cherie Piper

July 23, 2013

My sympathies to the whole Donovan clan and especially to Don and Mary's children. I admired Don and was grateful to have known him and worked with him at Sacred Heart Church as a lector and on the pastoral council. He was a terrific person of great faith and a true gentleman.

July 22, 2013

Don and Mary, such a fun couple according to Art and Millie Stone. I am sure Millie joined in many of those sing alongs.
My thoughts and prayers with the entire Donovan family.
Nancy Stone Fergus

July 22, 2013

I remember so many things about Don and Mary....from visits to Scott's Neck at Green Lake with my parents Art and Mildred Stone to Mary dressing up for St. Patrick's Day and visiting my Dad Art in the hospital !! Many fun memories. Please know that you are all in my thoughts.
Marcia Stone Soper


July 22, 2013

Rest in peace, fellow veteran. I salute you.

Ellen Tucker Emerson

July 21, 2013

Mr. Donovan was a true gentleman. His children are a tribute to his grace and class. I feel privileged that I was able to know him and call his children friends.