Joseph M. Donahue, 94, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at his home. He was the husband of the late Dorothy A. (Gagnon) Donahue.Born in Lynn, Ma. he was a son of the late John and Mary (Murphy) Donahue. Mr. Donahue was a manager for The William Penn Hotel in Whittier, California before he retired. He will always be remembered as a witty, compassionate and brilliant man. He was an avid animal lover.He leaves one daughter, Dr. Patricia A. Donahue, Professor, Lafayette College and her husband Dr. Michael E. Garst, his dear friend Sandra M. Lahey, one niece, Merlyn Pepler, one sister in law, Phyllis Hammarlund and many nieces and nephews. He was one of ten children.His funeral will be held on Monday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Luke’s Church, Washington Road, Barrington. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Sunday 2-4. In lieu of flowers contributions to the RISPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915 would be appreciated.
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