James F. Donovan

November 16, 2003

U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

JAMES F. DONOVAN – of Woburn, in The Villages, Florida, November 16th. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (Talbot) Donovan. Devoted father of Stephen J. Donovan and his wife Molly of Thetford, Vermont, Michael R. Donovan and his wife Maria Fernandez Donovan of Lynnfield, Cheryl A. Donovan-Hunt, M.D. and her husband Andrew Hunt, M.D. of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Tracy A. Young and her husband John C. Young of Londonderry, New Hampshire. Dear son-in-law of Gertrude Talbot of The Villages, Florida. Brother of the late Joan Ferrini. Loving grandfather of Matthew & Abigail Donovan, Alexandra & Brent Donovan, Maggie & Samuel Hunt, and Jonathan & Brianna Young. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, November 21st, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

OBITUARY:

James F. Donovan, a well-known resident of Woburn, passed away in The Villages Regional Hospital in Florida on Sunday, November 16th. The husband of Barbara A. (Talbot) Donovan for forty-one years, he was sixty-three years of age.

Born and raised in Dorchester, he was the son of the late James T. and Helen (Guth) Donovan. He attended Boston Latin High School and then graduated from Braintree High School with the Class of 1959, after his family moved to Braintree.

Mr. Donovan then enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent four years in active duty and two years in the Marine Corps Reserves.

He spent most of his professional career at Data Associates, a fledgling printing and business forms company he joined at the ground level thirty years ago. He retired as General Manager in 2002 after helping the company enjoy tremendous growth.

He and his family had made their home In Woburn for thirty-eight years, first on Arlington Road and later in East Woburn. He and his wife had recently retired to The Villages in Florida, north of Orlando.

Mr. Donovan was very active in local youth sports. For many years he was active as a board member and eventually served as president of Woburn Youth Hockey. He was instrumental in the process of transferring ownership of the O’Brien Ice Rink from the City of Woburn to the Woburn Youth Hockey organization some years ago. Through WYH he helped start up the Bingo program at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, and served as a Bingo caller for fifteen years.

He volunteered as a girls softball coach for many years through Woburn Little League, and was a founding member and past President of Woburn’s Irish-American Club.

His priority in life was his family, and he was particularly devoted to his grandchildren. For many years he enjoyed vacationing with his children and grandchildren at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. His hobbies included photography and golf.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Joan Ferrini.

In addition to his wife Barbara, he leaves two sons, Stephen J. Donovan and his wife Molly of Thetford, Vermont, and Michael R. Donovan and his wife Maria Fernandez Donovan of Lynnfield, two daughters, Cheryl A. Donovan-Hunt, M.D. and her husband Andrew Hunt, M.D. of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Tracy A. Young and her husband John C. Young of Londonderry, New Hampshire.

He also leaves his mother-in-law, Gertrude Talbot of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Woburn, and eight beloved grandchildren: Matthew and Abigail Donovan, Alexandra and Brent Donovan, Maggie & Samuel Hunt, and Jonathan and Brianna Young.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, November 21st, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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