Daniel G. Donovan, Jr.


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North Andover, MA - Daniel George Donovan, Jr, known as "Danny," passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019. He was 90 years old.
Danny grew up in North Andover and lived there most of his life. He attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence where he played varsity baseball and hockey. He graduated in 1947.
Danny attended Fisher Business School then was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He spent time in Germany, first as a mechanic and then on the fort baseball team, where he played alongside men who would go on to play in the major leagues.
Despite getting a flat tire on his first date with Eileen McGeoghegan and coming home hours past her curfew, they were married in January of 1954. They lived for a short time in Andover, then moved back to North Andover where they raised their family. Danny ran the Lawrence branch of his family business, Donovan Spring and Equipment. He could always find peace on the ocean and in later years, he was perhaps happiest in his house in Florida, where he had a water view and a boat at the dock just a few yards away from his front step.
Two things that brought him joy: watching Notre Dame football win; and playing any kind of ball with his grandchildren. He spent a lot of time musing how he was "related to such a bunch of smart people," and wondering what interesting things they would do with their lives.
Danny is survived by his wife, Eileen, his five children, Debbie Donovan-Perez, Daniel G. Donovan III and his spouse Kathleen, David Donovan, Karen Donovan and her spouse David Reibel, Kristen Wixted and her spouse John Wixted, and his thirteen grandchildren: Christopher Perez, Jeffrey Donovan, Julie Guay, Kara Perez, Eric Perez, Samuel Donovan, Allison Donovan, Shea Donovan, Lucius Reibel, Rebecca Wixted, Brendan Reibel, Bridget Wixted, and Peter Wixted.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA 01845. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 196 Main St. North Andover MA 01845. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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Published on August 23, 2019
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Jerry Zayas
Aug 27, 2019
Dan, Dave and your families.

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry & Mim Zayas
Arlene Brooks
Aug 25, 2019
Deb, Eileen and family,
So sorry for your loss. May many happy years of memories help to comfort you all at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Arlene
Christine Doreen Moriarty
Aug 25, 2019
Sending you all love and prayers. The road has been long but love is underneath it all. May peace surround your sadness at the loss of your Dad and husband.
Steve and Gail Trask
Aug 23, 2019
Dan and Dave, You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. I am sure your Dad is in a better place and at peace now.
Our deepest sympathy.
Steve and Gail