William “Bill” Michael Donovan, 82, of Wallingford and formerly of Orange, beloved husband of Gail Donovan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Masonicare Health Center. He was born on September 26, 1933 in Newton, MA to the late Edward and Katherine Donovan.
Bill grew up in Jamaica Plain, Boston and graduated from Boston College High School in 1951 where he was an all-state athlete and scholar. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1958 with a degree in Engineering. He married the love of his life, Gail Olmstead, on March 12, 1955. They were happily married for 61 years. He served his country during the Korean War. Bill was a mechanical engineer and enjoyed a successful career as a business executive that carried him all over the world. A longtime resident of Orange he was a member of Race Brook Country Club and volunteered his time teaching catechism and coaching youth football/baseball. He had a tremendous love of the ocean and enjoyed spending time with his large family and friends on the Outer Banks. He also loved rooting for the “Fighting Irish”, golfing, skiing, traveling, playing baccarat, and could always be found quietly reading a book when time permitted.
Bill is survived by his wife Gail of Wallingford, CT; his sons, Brian (Patti) of Jupiter, FL, Timothy (Eileen) of Orange, CT, Kevin (Sheila) of Hamden, CT, Michael (Sally) of Bozeman, MT and Patrick (Marcella) of Denver, CO; and his 15 grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. Bill’s family would like to extend a special appreciation to the staff of Ramage 5 at Masonicare for their care, patience and good humor over the last several years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 4, 2016 at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477. Funeral arrangements were the capable hands of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Interment followed at Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FISH of Greater New Haven, P.O. Box 8552, New Haven, CT 06531 or Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph’s Home, 15 Audubon Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY 40217 (Bill’s sister was a member of this order). To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.