ROBERT J. “BOB” DONOVAN – in Woburn, suddenly, September 19th. Beloved husband of Marjorie A. (Doherty) Donovan. Devoted father of Robert J. Donovan, Jr. and Leslie A. Cotter, Kevin F. Donovan and his wife Laurie, Timothy J. Donovan, Brian P. Donovan and Susan M. O’Connor, and Michael G. Donovan, all of Woburn. Dear brother of Paul P. of Westwood and Alfred J. of Weymouth, and the late Lillian Neely and James P. Donovan. Loving grandfather of Carly and Jack. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 22nd, at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
Robert J. (Bob) Donovan, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 19, 2006. Bob was married to Marjorie (Doherty) Donovan for 46 years and has resided in the City of Woburn since their marriage.
Bob was born and raised in Dorchester, son of the late James L. and Lillian (McCarthy) Donovan. He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1949. The friendships Bob made in Dorchester remained important to him for the rest of his life. He was a loyal friend and always looked forward to their monthly gatherings that took place over the past several decades.
He pursued his studies at Northeastern University, Newbury Junior College and the Catholic Labor Guild. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob spent three years in Europe during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the 2nd Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM) Unit, U.S. Air Force Security Service and was involved in highly sensitive and classified activity during that tour of duty.
Upon his discharge in 1955, he used his wartime communications experience to become employed at New England Telephone. During his almost forty years of employment, his leadership skills enabled him to perform numerous managerial functions, including supervising switching systems from conventional to electronic. Well respected by his colleagues, Bob served as President of the International Brotherhood of Telephone Workers Union Boston Local for three years in the 1960s and also served as an international officer in 1967 and 68.
In 1960 Bob married Marjorie Doherty and moved to Woburn. Bob loved Woburn and immediately became an integral part of the community. He enjoyed coaching youths and maintained an active involvement in Woburn Little League, Pop Warner Football, and Woburn Youth Hockey Programs. Bob was also an athlete and enjoyed participating on the Over 30 hockey league for several years.
Bob not only made these contributions in the field of sports, but was also extremely active in other organizations. He was a dedicated member of the Woburn Lions Club. He ascended the ladder to the top rung and served as President of the organization. In 1996, in tribute to Bobs leadership and commitment, his fellow Lions Club members unanimously voted to dedicate the 1996 Annual Halloween Parade in his honor.
With all the accolades and tributes he received, nothing could match the honor of having five wonderful and caring sons, Bobby, Kevin, Timmy, Brian and Michael, to whom he and Margie were devoted. This devotion was never more evident than when his son Tim was involved in a horrific accident and was paralyzed. Bob told his family they all had to band together and do everything possible to assist Tim. They responded with unselfish and innumerable sacrifices in helping Tim achieve his goals. Everyone who has met and known Tim knows that Bobs request was realized. Tim summed-up his feelings for his Dad by simply stating, My Father was my arms and legs.??? Knowing what the brothers thought of Bob they will continue to carry out his wishes.
Bobs greatest happiness was his grandchildren, Carly, 7, and Jack, 4. He often delighted in playing and spending time with them and they filled his last days with much joy.
Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian (Donovan) Neely and a brother, James P. Donovan.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he leaves his sons, Robert J. Donovan, Jr. and Leslie A. Cotter, Kevin F. Donovan and his wife Laurie A., Timothy J. Donovan, Brian P. Donovan and Susan M. OConnor, and Michael G. Donovan, all of Woburn, two brothers, Paul P. Donovan of Westwood and Alfred J. Donovan of Weymouth. He was also the loving and proud grandfather of Carly and Jack.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 22nd, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Bobs memory to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.