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Richard Donovan

Richard J. "Dick" Donovan

Friday, November 3rd, 1944 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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Obituary

Richard J. “Dick” Donovan, of Minoa, passed away suddenly on Saturday. Dick was born in Alexandria Bay, the only child of Claude and Clara (Dygert) Donovan, and was a graduate of Potsdam High School and CCBI. He went on to be a successful paper salesman in the Upstate NY region for over 40 years. After retirement, he supported the Syracuse Orange by working as an usher at the Dome for a couple of years. He was most recently employed by East Syracuse Chevrolet as a shuttle driver, what he considered to be the dream job of his retirement years.

Dick lived a life full of community service; he selflessly worked to improve the lives of others. Within the Minoa Kirkville Athletic Association, he was a coach, a referee, an umpire, as well as the President of MKAA. He was a member of the Minoa Fire Department, the founder of the Minoa Junior Fire Department, and he served as the Fire Commissioner. He was the Deputy Mayor of Minoa for 8 years and Mayor of Minoa for 12 years. He served as the President of the Onondaga County Mayor’s Association, was a member of the NY State Mayor’s Association, and served as the President of the New York State Conference of Mayors. Some of his special accomplishments include being a part of the team that built the MKAA Little League field. He also spent 8 years planning the current Minoa Village Hall and was instrumental in the successful completion of the project. Near and dear to his heart was his affiliation with ESM students and their research projects at the Cleanwater Educational Research Facility (CERF) in Minoa, and the connection of this program to SUNY ESF.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis; his children John (Beth) Donovan and Beth (Kevin) Merriman; sister-in-law Carol Foran; four grandchildren Taylor and Marc Donovan and Joel and Renee Merriman; and nieces and nephews Deb (Ed) Diederich, Kevin (Karen) Foran, Michelle (Don) Dempsey, Terry Jr. (Pat) Foran, Sean (Mary) Foran, and Chris (Alisa) Foran. Dick loved fully and selflessly, always had an easy , carefree way about him, and was just an extra-special person. He will be loved forever and long remembered.

Family and friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, January 4 at R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepp’s Corners Rd. (corner of Kirkville Rd.), Minoa. The funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 5 at the funeral home. A celebration of his life will follow at the Village Hall, 240 N. Main St., Minoa.

Contributions may be made to the Richard J. Donovan Scholarship Fund; c/o East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District, 407 Fremont Rd., East Syracuse, NY 13057 or Clear Path for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Rd., Chittenango, NY 13037.
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Service Details

  • First Visitation

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel
    Address
    6530 Schepp's Corners Road
    Minoa, New York
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel
    Address
    6530 Schepp's Corners Road
    Minoa, New York
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Susan Young

Posted at 03:20pm
I knew Dick when he worked at Hudson Valley Paper Company, Inc....first meeting him at my first job. He stopped in and immediately said he was alarmed as he smelled smoke. He made sure everyone was safe and took on the role of fire chief making sure the fire was not in our printing shop. I knew him for over 30 years and he was always a smiling face, talked of his wonderful family and the love of his life, his wife. I have been out of the "business" for over 10 years but we still kept in touch from time to time and he was always a pleasure to talk to. I guess God needed another great guy up there, but know that he was so proud of his family. May you all cherish the fond memories of this great guy and let it comfort you. Sincerely, Susan Young Farnsworth Printing, Canterbury Press
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Barb & Rick Northrup

Posted at 08:28pm
Phyllis, So sorry that we were unable to make it to the funeral yesterday. We talked all week about how we could make it work. You and family were in our hearts all week, after hearing the devastating news. Dick will always be remembered fondly as you two always made such an effort to see us enroute to Dayton. Rick will never forget his high-school buddy.
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The Xerox Inernal Control Group

Posted at 03:12pm
With our condolences to the Donovan and Merriman families
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WAVES Ambulance

Posted at 03:10pm
Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength. Dick was truly a staple in the community and will be missed dearly.
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Jim and Eileen Miccio

Posted at 01:19pm
My sincere sympathy,
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