James Donovan

January 21, 1929 ~ December 24, 2020 (age 91)

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James F. Donovan, (“Jim”) son of John and Catherine Donovan joined his beloved predeceased wife Patricia Hartnett Donovan on Christmas eve.  Jim was a US army veteran having served in Germany, an educator who served as principal of Harrison Middle School and then after retirement as a presenter of travelogues with Pat at the Warner Library in Tarrytown and other local Libraries.

Born in Astoria Queens, NY Jim and Pat met on a cruise aboard the S.S. United States and thus began a great and loving marriage of 37 years. Always adventurous, Jim and Pat travelled extensively and when the time was right were among the first to sign up and then move into the new Kendall- on -Hudson in Sleepy Hollow.

Jim and Pat were people of deep faith and were parishioners for almost 50 years of the Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills. Jim attended daily Mass until his health prevented him from doing so, but he continued to personify the meaning of faith, in God and in others.

A deep and reflective man, he loved a philosophical conversation and was a gifted poet and sensitive writer, sharing his poetry with friends from time to time and often including a poem in greeting cards.

Jim is survived by his brother Thomas of Croton-on-Hudson, his beloved niece in law Vaune Peck, cousins Catherine Close of Danbury, CT, Maryann Smith of Redding, CT, Drew Adelhardt of Stewart, FL, Janet Saucci of Mount Kisco, NY, Laura Zolotorofe of Ridgefield, CT and Regina Lagarenne of New Jersey and friends too many to list.


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Mass of Christian Burial
December 29, 2020

10:00 AM
Church of The Magdalene
Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

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