Michael Joseph Donovan


Michael Joseph Donovan passed away peacefully Aug. 21, 2019, at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
He is survived by Anneliese, his wife of 47 years, his son Daniel and grandson Nathaniel.
He was born in Fall River, Mass., on April 20, 1945, the son of Arthur and Margaret Donovan. His brothers and sisters included: Arthur, Jimmy, Marybeth, Kathleen, Janice, Gerald, Neil, Carolyn.
Michael graduated from Durfee High School in 1963 and joined the USAF. He served 21 years, 6 months, and 1 day as an air traffic controller and retired in 1985, as a ATC Superintendent.
While serving in Germany he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, for his superior service. Also while in Germany, he was an active member of the American Legion serving in several posts. He was initiated into the 40/8, the elite of the American Legion. Upon returning to the United States, Mike became sous chef for CHILDREN AND WELFARE programs of New York State. In 1980 he was assigned to Philadelphia International Airport to replace the striking controllers. During the 1980 Olympics Mike took leave from the USAF to supervise over 210 people, including security guards and body guards for the presidents of all the major banks in
the world. After retirement Mike was an active member of AA, Legion of Mary, and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a Private Investigator and Corrections Officer. Mike had a full and satisfying LIFE!
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, at St Alexander's Church, Morrisonville, from 12:00-2:00 p.m., followed by Mass at 2:00 p.m.
Donations can be made to North Country Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2644, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home. To light a memorial candle or leave an online condolence please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com
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Darrell Putnam
Sep 09, 2019
Michael is in several chapters of my recently finished (unpublished) book, dealing with our 9th & 10th grade friendship back in Fall River, MA, on Warburton Street (1959-1961). We lived next door & were inseparable during those formative years. I visited him in Kansas (ATC) and went back to Fall River a couple of times to revisit his family after he moved to New York. I knew him when. And I shall remember him only then.
Mike a Settevendemio
Aug 28, 2019
Rest in peace you were a good man! Keeping family in prayers.
Joanne Rourke
Aug 28, 2019
I have known Mike since 2015 (through the Albany VA), he will be greatly missed and always remembered...prayers and sympathy are extended to Anneliese, Daniel and the Donovan family.
Denise Arnold Christian Supply Center
Aug 27, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
David norris
Aug 24, 2019
RIP ,to the family Mike was an anchor to many people. I've know Mike for 40 years . He helpless out spot when I was you get .nobody would help. But Mike. He a gentlemen and a schooler, it's been few years so vs I saw Mike that is and see him one last time. RIP my old friend
Melinda Courtney
Aug 23, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Dan.
Ann Prarie
Aug 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May those close to you provide comfort and support. My deepest sympathy for you and your family