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William Stephen Donovan, Sr.

William Stephen Donovan, Sr.
  • January 23, 1927 - January 17, 2017
  • South Windsor, Connecticut

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1 of 4 | Posted by: Jean Magnificent-VanFossan

“Mr. Donovan was one of the kindest, most sharing man I ever knew. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile for everyone. I worked for...Read More ยป
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“I lived next door to Mr Donovan growing up, he was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. RIP. ”
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4 of 4 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

It is with heavy hearts that we announce William S. Donovan Sr., of Enfield, CT and Wellfleet, MA, widow of Patricia C. Donovan, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 17, 2017, after a short stay at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, CT, and just a few days before his 90th birthday. Bill was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to the late Timothy S. and Mary E. (Glynn) Donovan on January 23, 1927. He grew up in the Hungary Hill section of Springfield with his brother, the late Donald F. Donovan. After graduating in 1944 from Cathedral High School, Bill attended American International College where he played basketball for the Hall of Fame Coach Ed Hickox. His education was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army for WWII. Bill was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne and attended University of Chicago to become fluent in Japanese. He was a Japanese interpreter in the Philippines until his honorable discharge. Bill was a life member of the Michael W. Donnelly VFW Post 10251, where he served as Post Adjutant for nearly 20 years. He took great pride in talking with youth about his service and relating the history he had lived. He was also a Life Member of the Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent CT 014. After the war, he continued his education at St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Michael's in 1950. He made many lifelong friends there and loved being a "Golden Knight". He founded and regularly attended the St. Michael's Lunch Bunch, meeting monthly with his local fellow St. Michael's alum until he was no longer physically able to do so. He loved to learn and continued his graduate work at Trinity College in Psychology and Personnel Management. Bill's professional career was focused in Human Resources working in the manufacturing industry. He founded and was President of Flynn & Donovan Recruiting. Bill also spent 23 years with the State of Connecticut, retiring from his position of Director of Human Resources for the Department of Mental Retardation in 1989. Bill taught as an Adjunct Professor at UCONN teaching labor relations and employee relations to management and union members in private and public industry. He often talked about all the interesting students from emerging nations he taught in these programs. Having lived in South Windsor for more than 40 years with his wife, Pat, they relocated to Enfield and split their time between there and relaxing in Wellfleet, MA. Family was always incredibly important to Bill and retirement gave him the opportunity to be with his children and grandchildren, to celebrate their milestones and be present at many a sporting event, concert and recital as long as he was able. After more than 40 years of marriage, Bill lost Pat, his loving partner. A few years later, he was very fortunate to meet a special friend and companion, Lillian Eckstrom, with whom he spent his remaining years. For more than a decade, Bill and Lil set off on new adventures travelling when they were able and more recently keeping in contact to check on one another several times a day by phone. Throughout his life, Bill maintained his passion for family, crossword puzzles, news, history and sports. For decades, Bill was a season ticket holder for UCONN Men's and Women's Basketball and UCONN Football and tirelessly followed the teams. Bill loved sports of any kind. In South Windsor, he coached youth baseball, football and CYO basketball. He enjoyed duckpin bowling and belonged to many leagues in Willimantic and Newington over the years. He closely followed professional sports contests especially those including the New England Patriots and the Red Sox. Bill lived life to the fullest and always wanted others to "have a rainbow day". Bill is survived by his children, William, Jr. of West Springfield; Timothy V. (Debra) of Enfield; Stephen M. (Donna) of South Windsor; and, Kathleen Souvigney (Ben) of Enfield. He leaves his grandchildren of whom he was very proud – Lauren (Calera, AL); Melissa (Port Charlotte, FL); Sean and Daniel (South Windsor); Elizabeth (Enfield); and, Matthew Souvigney (Enfield). He also leaves his nieces and nephews and their spouses whom he enjoyed immensely, Sr. Linda (Chile), MaryJo MacGowan (Bob), Don (Debbie), Tommy and Mark (Katie) and their children. The family will welcome friends and family to pay their respects on Friday, January 20th 4 to 8 p.m. at Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home at 443 East Street North (Rt. 159), Suffield, CT 06078. Those attending the Mass may meet directly at the church on Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor, CT, with burial directly follow at the Wapping Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill Donovan may be made to: St. Michael's College (Class of 1950), One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439 or Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Avenue, Enfield, CT 06082. Please visit us at for online condolences and guest book.