Obituary of Jerome J. 'Jerry' Donovan

USNavy
Vietnam War Veteran

JEROME J. "JERRY" DONOVAN, JR. - in Woburn, May 11th, at sixty-nine years of age. Devoted father of Jerome J. "Jay" Donovan III of Woburn and Sharon M. Bourassa, her husband Christopher of Lawrence. Loving "Papa Jerry" of Emily Rose and Nicholas Bourassa. Beloved son of the late Jerome J. and Anne (Stone) Donovan Sr. Former husband of Janice Rafferty, son-in-law of Barbara Rafferty and the late Joseph Rafferty. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 16th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jerry's honor to the Friends of Woburn Veterans,144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Jerome J. “Jerry” Donovan, Jr. of Woburn, passed away Thursday morning, May 11th, at Winchester Hospital. He was sixty-nine years of age. The son of the late Jerome J. and Anne (Stone) Donovan Sr. Jerry was born in Somerville, where he remained for only a short time, before moving to Woburn.

He would be raised an educated here, graduating along with Woburn High School Class of 1965.

Following graduation, Jerry would tackle life head on. He began working, met and wed Janice Rafferty and started his own family. It wasn’t long, however, before Jerry answered the call to serve his country. He enlisted in to the United States Navy in 1968. As an Engineman Petty Officer, Jerry was a machinist and spent much of his time in the engine room of the ship. His four years of dedicated service brought him to Hawaii and beyond. Many stories of the war, his travels and adventures, were tales he enjoyed sharing with his family for decades to come.

Jerry would come to utilize the trade he perfected in the Navy, a machinist , and began working for Textron, where he remained for many years. Friends, family and acquaintances alike would come to know that it’s a position Jerry held in later in life that would keep him talking. For years, Jerry worked part time delivering bread. He took great pride in his "bread route." Passing the many restaurants and sub shops around, he could tell you their usual order, kind of rolls they used and what the best meal in the house was! Jerry seemed to be filled with endless stories, which always made for good conversation.

Jerry, a simple man, enjoyed a simple life, and it was truly the "simple pleasures" in life, that made him happiest. Whether it was watching sports, baseball, basketball or football at home with his son, grabbing coffee with friends or just "cruising" in his classic convertible, Jerry was most content. "Papa Jerry" loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, enjoying every minute of all their activities, events and holidays.

Remembered as a kind, friendly and caring family man, Jerry could be described as a real average, down to earth guy. He will be missed by his family and those who had the good fortune of knowing and sharing in the life of this fine man.

Sadly, Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Jerome J. and Anne (Stone) Donovan Sr. and his former father-in-law Joseph Rafferty.

Jerry is lovingly survived by his children, Jerome J. "Jay" Donovan III of Woburn and Sharon M. Bourassa and her husband Christopher of Lawrence, his dear grandchildren Emily Rose and Nicholas Bourassa and his former wife, Janice Rafferty and mother-in-law Barbara Rafferty, both of Woburn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, May 16th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Monday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jerry's honor to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.