Donald R. Donahue

  • Born: April 20, 1939
  • Died: September 4, 2019
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald R. Donahue, 80, of Bedford, NH, a kind soul of faith and conscience, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on September 4, 2019.
Born in Lowell, MA on April 20,1939, Don was the son of Charles H. and Victorine M. (Clowrey) Donahue. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in Lowell and Lowell High School. He earned a BS degree in Accounting from Merrimack College and an MBA from Rivier College.
Family and faith were at the center of Don's life. On October 6, 1962, he married his best friend and beloved wife of 57 years, J. Francene Donahue (nee Kealy). They raised three daughters, Erin, Dara, and Leah at their home in Andover, MA. He is survived by his wife; his daughters and sons-in-law, Erin Donovan and husband Daniel of Andover, MA, Dara Hogan and husband Matthew of Andover, MA, and Leah Coffey and husband James of Arlington, VA; his grandchildren, Brigid, Catherine, and Liam Donovan, Margaret and James Coffey, and Kevin and Kealy Hogan; his sister, Mary Donahue Beauchesne of Dracut, MA; brothers, Charles Donahue and wife Jacqueline of Pelham, NH, and John Donahue of Lowell, MA; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Megan Donahue, his sister, Frances Donahue Brennan and his brother, Daniel Donahue.
Don also had an incredible work ethic. As a young man he delivered the Lowell Sun and was rewarded with the coveted "beach route". Don was an accountant by trade and finished his distinguished career as the CFO at Screenprint Dow Industries in Wilmington, MA. In retirement he stayed active with his involvement with SCORE mentoring young entrepreneurs, parish activities and the Finance Council at St. Elizabeth Seton, and as a part time instructor at Middlesex Community College, Hesser College and the New Hampshire Institute of Technology.
Don enjoyed traveling with his wife and family and spending time with their many friends in New England as well as at their second home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Wherever his location, Sunday afternoons often found him relaxing with his favorite Manhattan in hand. He enjoyed following national politics, history and celebrating his Irish heritage. He was an avid walker and enjoyed this time catching up with his many friends. But above all, his family gave him his greatest joy.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers on Don's medical team and the hospice staff who were so kind to him. They would also like to thank the many family and friends who offered unending support and love during his illness.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, September 9, 2019 in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Elizabeth Seton Church or Catholic Charities of NH.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory assisted with arrangements.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to Francene, her girls, and all the Donahue family. Don was such a beautiful example of a loving husband and father. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Posted by Elaine Phillips - Atlanta, GA - Friend   October 10, 2019

I was very sorry to learn of Don's passing. My condolences to Francene and his family. He will be missed.

Posted by Ray Cannon - Wast Harwich, MA - Friend   September 18, 2019

A fine person. The family will miss you. Phil Desjardins

Posted by A friend   September 15, 2019

Sorry to hear about Don's passing. He lived across the street on Bailey Road in Andover and was always a good neighbor and fine gentleman. His dog Spooky was always a great friend to my kids growing up. Erin and Dan you have our deepest sympathy on the passing of a good man.

Tom and Debbie McLaughlin

Posted by Tom McLaughlin - Andover, MA   September 11, 2019

I am so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I worked for him for many years at Screenprint/Dow Industries and have many fond memories. Godspeed

Posted by Elise Moodie - Coworker   September 09, 2019

I'm saddened to learn of Don's passing. A kind and considerate person he was. Although it's been years since our paths crossed, I'll long remember him. Sympathies to his family.

Posted by Jerome Duval - Manchester, NH   September 09, 2019

We were so sad to hear of Don's passing. It was always a pleasure to see Francine and Don in Pawleys Island. Don often barbecued from his driveway in the evening when we walked our little dog and we would stop and see what delicious thing he was cooking! Our thoughts and prayers are with Francine at this very sad time. Sending our best wishes to the Donahue Family. Olivia and Friedl Pawleys Island. SC

Posted by Olivia and Friedl Fackelmayer - Pawleys Island, SC - Neighbor   September 07, 2019

Sue and I are so very thankful to have shared, though brief, a part of Don's journey. We loved his quiet, yet penetrating sensitivity and tenderness for those he encountered. Our heartfelt prayers to Francene and the entire Donahue family.

Posted by Keith Kephart - Pawleys Island, SC - Friend   September 06, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember Don from our high school days, and especially from our Latin class. He was always a real gentleman and studious individual. My condolences go out to all his family.

Posted by Joe Sharron - Kennebunkport, ME   September 06, 2019

" A true friend will be sadly missed. It was a pleasure to know him." Dolores & Doug Orr Pawleys Island S.C.Sep. 6,2019

Posted by D Orr - Pawleys Island,, SC - Friend   September 06, 2019

Godspeed Don

Posted by A friend   September 05, 2019

Looking forward to our walks when we meet again.
Our condolences to Francine and all family and friend.

Posted by Dick Martin - Bedford/Pawleys Island, NH - Friend   September 05, 2019

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