Jeremiah Donovan

December 5, 1922 - July 22, 2014
Jeremiah Donovan


Jeremiah D. Donovan, age 91, of Wilmington passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Lake Shore Commons.

He was born December 5, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts the son of the late John Donovan and Catherine M. Donovan. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Eris Jane Donovan and sister, Mary “Mickey” Kelly.

He proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He retired from a successful 40 year career as manager with Sears Roebuck & Company.

Surviving are his son, John C. Donovan and wife Susan of NC; daughter, Polly Jane Tunick and husband Jeffrey Tunick of FL; Brother, John Donovan (Virginia) of FL; sister, Sister Catherine Donovan of MA; three grandchildren, Jeremiah Joseph Donovan (Amanda), Katherine Giacalone (Anthony), John Campbell Donovan; two great grandchildren, Owen Joseph Donovan and Anthony John Giacalone; and other loving family.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA.

Memorials may be made to the Boys Town National Headquarters, 200 Flanagan Blvd, PO Box 8000, Boystown, NE 68010.

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  • August 04, 2014
    John Donovan says:
    We are truly saddened by the loss of a tremendous brother ,brother-in-law and by unanimous agreement our favorite uncle, Jerry Donovan. He was truly a great person and an inspiration to all of us. We have many fond memories of him, especially when he visited us over the years. It was the best of times to see him and his brother John together! The world is a better place for his presence here and he will be very much missed. His strength of personality and caring reached far beyond his immediate family and is a strong example to all. Love, John, Virginia, Bob, Kay, Tim and Mike

  • August 04, 2014
    Bob Macbeth says:
    John, Polly and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, as I was to hear of Eris' passing. Uncle Jerry was such a kind, patient, loving, and generous man. I have so many fond memories of him and times spent together during summers at Hull. He loved me and provided stability when our family was going through hard emotional times. I loved his accent and how he called me "Robit". A special memory was when he "drove" me to Logan airport in his boat! Just the two of us. I love him and will miss him. He was a very special man and the most loving uncle I ever had. Bob

  • July 25, 2014
    Ron and Becky Long says:
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. I'm sure he will be missed by all. Fly high Mr Donovan. Blessings

  • July 30, 2014
    David Sullivan says:
    John, We were sorry to read about the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. David and Sandra Sullivan

  • July 26, 2014
    jim o'sullivan says:
    PJ and John, My deepest condolances on the death of your dad. We all have so many fond memories of all the great summers in Hull. This week I was organizing my desk and a picture of Jerry, Jeff and I from the summer of 2007 surfaced when I last saw you. May God bless you. Jim