1945 – 2019
N. Grosvenordale – Donald “Papa” Donovan, 74, went home to be with Jesus Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Hubbard Hospital, Webster, MA. He was born in Quinebaug, CT to Mary (Donovan) Broughton and attended Quinebaug/Thompson Schools. Donald worked at LaFramboise Well Drilling and Water Service for 35 years and retired from Pump Connection in 2008. Donald served his country in the National Guard. He was a member of the Nipmuc Indian tribe. He was an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and a member of the National Rifle Association.
Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Jaucqueta “Jackie” L. (Knight) Donovan; his daughters, Charlene J. and her husband, Frank Langlois, and Kelly L. and her husband, Scott Belanger. He leaves his cherished grandchildren Meagan E. and her husband Bernard “BJ” Lapierre, Ryan N. and his wife, Lauryn (Williams) Langlois, Brian F. Langlois and his significant other Kim and Tre’ and Madyson Belanger. Donald cherished seven great grandchildren: Diezel, Demo and Dozer Lapierre, Quinn, Mason, Gracelynn and Landen Langlois. He is survived by a twin brother, Ronald Donovan and his wife, Alice, his sisters-in-law Norma Donovan and Jean Donovan and many nieces and nephews from the Donovan and Charette families.
Donald joins his brothers Edward and Joseph Donovan Sr. and his sisters, Constance Charette and Beverly McDonald who predeceased him.
In 2014, a few months after his sister Beverly’s passing, he received a letter that would change his life. Donald learned of his father and that he had a second family. He met his sisters, Leslie A. and her husband, Doug Malloy. Mallory E. Flagg and her partner Chris, Sheridan A. and her husband, Bob Parker; his brother, Ross E. Flagg and his partner, Marsha, and many nieces, nephews. There was an instant bond with each family member through whom he learned something about his father, Robert V. Flagg.
Donald touched the hearts of every person he met. He leaves memories behind in all of his favorite places, especially LB’s, Zip’s, Our Father’s Table, Webster Lake (The Dugout) and every hunting ground and fishing hole where he enjoyed his favorite pastimes. Donald was also known as “The Family Uber Driver.” He was fiercely devoted to those he loved and will be forever missed by those that loved him in return.
At Donald’s request, there are no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.