Donald Donahue

Donald G. Donahue Sr.

Friday, June 3rd, 1927 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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“Devoted to his family”

WATERBURY – Donald G. Donahue Sr, age 93 of Waterbury, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 8, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of the late Joan (Bristol) Donahue.

Don was born on June 3, 1927 in Waterbury the son of the late John and Mary (Smith) Donahue. He was educated in local schools, graduated from Crosby High School and worked for many years as an eyelet toolmaker at Line Novelty in Wolcott. Don proudly served our nation in the U.S. Navy. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, there was nothing more important to Don than his family and he looked forward to having the Sunday dinner with all of them each and every Sunday. He was a hard worker and had to be to support 7 children. Don also coached Little League, enjoyed bowling in the Manufacturers League and was an avid sports fan especially supporting the UCONN Huskies, Men and Women’s basketball. He also looked forward to many trips to the casino with his wife and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Left to honor Don’s memory and legacy are his children; Donald Jr and his wife, Juliette of Conway SC, James and his wife, Robin of Oakville, Kenneth and his wife, Maureen of Watertown, Kevin and his wife, Kim of Camden NY, Eileen Loranger and her husband, Roland of Bristol and Kathleen Langdo of Waterbury, He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Richard, son-in-law, Philip Langdo and grandson, James.

Funeral Services for Mr. Donahue will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 when a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mary Mother of Church Parish, SS Peter and Paul Church 67 Southmayd Rd Waterbury at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1987 East Main St Waterbury, CT 06705 has been honored to assist the Donahue family during this difficult time. All guideline currently in effect will be strictly enforced during public services. Memories endure only if you share them so you are encouraged to leave an on-line condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Donahue family on Don’s tribute page at
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    Calvary Cemetery
    2324 East Main ST
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Susan Shaw

Posted at 10:15am
Donny, Julie, and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your Dad and Mom always shared kindness and thoughtfulness to everyone especially our Mom and Dad. Many happy moments were shared and remembered. Please know that we will keep him in our prayers.
The Shaw and Sniokis Families
Sue and Bob,
Dave and MaryAnn

Kelly Cronin

Posted at 09:28am
Our condolences to the Donahue’s and their respective families. It’s never easy to lose a parent or grandparent no matter what our age is. Keep his memory alive in how you celebrate his life. A special prayer for my best friend Kathy who devoted the last 4 years to care for her Dad. We spoke about no regrets and you don’t have any. I am proud to call you my friend.
RIP Mr Donahue

Brian Donahue

Posted at 08:30am
I'll never forget Grandpa's big smile that matched his big heart. He taught me a valuable life lesson of being consistent and paying attention to detail just by the way he went about his daily life. I loved being at his warm and loving house hearing stories of what it was like raising 7 children. He lived a remarkable and inspirational life. I love you Grandpa! Rest in Peace.

Melissa Loranger

Posted at 09:30pm
To say that I am blessed to be a part of this big, beautiful family is an understatement. So many wonderful memories growing up looking forward to spending time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, playing with all of the cousins and listening intently to all of the stories they both would share. It always amazed me the vivid detail they would include in their stories from years ago, the people they were with, cars they were driving...When I moved to Brooklyn, Grandpa would often recall the times he visited the borough in his youth. He recounted that history with enthusiasm and I loved hearing about his experiences.
He led by example and provided all of us an example to look up to. Hardworking, kind, loving, putting family first. Smiling and laughing, that’s how I’ll remember Grandpa, and that’s what I imagine him doing now back at Grandma’s side as he had been for all of those years.
Rest In Peace, Grandpa.

Tyler Donahue

Posted at 09:13pm
The thing I will miss most about grandpa is listening to stories from his past. This is a man who, in his 90s, 3 months ago was telling me stories of his time in the navy from 70 years ago. I cant even remember what I did last weekend mind you so his ability to tell these stories as if it were yesterday constantly blew my mind. I’ll miss the sound of him tapping his finger as he was impatiently waiting for grandma to prepare his lunch lol. The christmas blessings, the arguments with grandma, the bellowing “HEY” that would echo thru the house as he corrected/oversaw any project that was happening under his close supervision. Just an overall great man with an abundance of family who will never forget him.

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