SULLIVAN HARBOR — John Patrick Donohue, 78, passed away peacefully Feb. 28, 2011. John was born July 29, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Mary E. Kelly and Nicholas C. Donohue.
He was a lifetime resident of Upper Darby, Pa., until his retirement in 1993. He attended West Catholic High School for Boys in Philadelphia, and graduated in 1950. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1954 from The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, Pa. John was the founder/owner of The John P. Donohue Funeral Home Inc. of Walnut St. & Copley Road in Upper Darby, Pa. from 1963 until his retirement in 1993. He was a lifetime active member of St. Alice Catholic Church in Upper Darby, Pa., where he was a lector and cantor for many years. In addition to his business and the church, he held active membership in the following organizations: The National Funeral Directors Association of Pennsylvania and Delaware County, Pennsylvania Pre-Need Association, International Order of the Golden Rule, De La Salle Knights of Columbus No. 590, Springfield, Pa., Cardinal Dougherty General Assembly Knights of Columbus of Philadelphia, The University of Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia and Maine, the Board of Directors of the Alician Federal Credit Union, and Area Governor of Toastmasters International, where he received many awards for public speaking. He was very active in politics as a committeeman in Upper Darby, Pa. After retiring to Sullivan in 1993, he became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth, where he served on the Cemetery Committee. His lifetime interest in history and sailing led him to become a member of the Historical Society of Sullivan and the Friendship Sloop Society.
John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary D. “Cissie” Donohue of Sullivan; his four children, M. Brett Donohue Obal and her husband, Dwight E. Obal, of West Grove, Pa., A. Kristine Donohue and partner, Christina Webber, of Yarmouth, Celeste Donohue of North Hollywood, Calif., and John P. Donohue III of Hollywood, Calif.; grandson, Patrick Donohue Obal; three sisters, Mary T. Lintner of Punta Gorda, Fla., Joan Pizoli and husband, William F. Pizoli, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Anne Speitel of Lancaster, Pa.; many loved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and lifetime friends.
A celebration of John’s life will be held in Philadelphia and Maine at the convenience of the family. Contributions in John’s memory may be made to West Catholic High School for Boys, 4501 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 or The University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5612. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.