Michael Donovan

January 19, 1953 - July 21, 2020
Michael Donovan


Michael Patrick Donovan of Wilmington passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Michael was born on January 19,1953 in Jacksonville, NC to the late Lillian Marie McDevitt and John Leo Donovan. He is also preceded in death by his brother John Henry Whiting.

He leaves behind his work family, Robert Montgomery, Josh Stone and many other fellow employees and customers whom he loved and respected. Michael will always be remembered for his sharp wit, tremendous humor, and ability to teach. Both family and friends spoke about his enormous work ethic and dedication to customers. He valued honesty, loyalty, and the little things in life. As a husband, father, brother, and friend, his commitment to excellence was evident in all he did.

Throughout his life he discovered multiple hobbies and interests that he loved – among those were reading, fishing, photography, golf, and anything associated with his family and grand-dogs. He grew up surfing, enjoyed NASCAR, and all things Carolina Tarheels. Through his mother he acquired a passion for music. This transformed into a love for shag dance, beach music, and a way to connect with those around him.

Michael is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol Nicol Donovan; children, Christopher Michael Donovan, Patrick Adam Donovan, and Lillian Lake Donovan; sisters, Linda Anne Haddock and husband Greg, and Maureen Anne Gurganus, and sister-in-law Karen Whiting. Michael was blessed with multiple nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Michael did not wish to have a formal ceremony. A family visitation will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Oleander Memorial Gardens with Reverend Danny Justice officiating.

Michael requested a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank everyone at Stone-Montgomery Construction for their love and assistance during this difficult time as well as the multiple neighbors and friends that have followed up with loving support.

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  • July 26, 2020
    Jack & Nancy McCann says:
    We are so sorry Carol, Mike was a great man and great neighbor! I can remember a few years back lying in bed being woken up by Mike cutting my grass because my mower was broke, I didn’t ask him he just did it! But what I remember the most was his smile! Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very near!

  • July 29, 2020
    Toni and Robert HardiN says:
    Carol, we are so saddened to learn of Michael’s passing. Please know we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love Toni

  • July 27, 2020
    Joy Davis says:
    Carol, I cherish the times Troy and I spent with Michael, you, Diane and Jimmy. I loved Michael's zest for life and wonderful sense of humor. Comfort is hard to find during times like this, but I hope you will find it in those you love, your memories and in the thought that Diane was most likely happy to see him walk through Heaven's door. Love and heartfelt sympathy from the Troy Davis Family

  • July 27, 2020
    Karen Windham says:
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers, we are so sorry. Karen Windham and Dennis Wilkerson (formerly of Jellybeans)

  • July 27, 2020
    Charley says:
    I am so sorry but I am a great deal of difficulty resending my initial post. I'm so sorry 4 You and the kids loss! My love and prayers are you with you during these difficult times!