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Lawrence  T.  Donovan, Sr.

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“My deepest sympathy to your family and friends.You will be deeply missed at the Friday night Dot pizza party get togethers.We really liked Mission...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: jim o'sullivan - naples, FL

“Auntie Clare I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of your brother Larry. May his memory be a blessing. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: patricia johnston - Westwood, MA

“Larry had A great sense of humor and he could sing too. He was fun to be with always. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Virginia Canty - Salem, NH

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.Thanks for all the memories. You will be missed .Patty ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patty Foley - canton, MA

“So sorry to hear of the loss of Brother Larry.He was a great mentor when I was starting out with Local 6.Rick Rothwell Training Coordinator Local 6...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Rothwell - Manchester, NH

“Saddened to hear of cousin Larry's passing. My sympathy to Clare, Fay, Larry Jr., Diane, Maureen and all of the Donovan family and to Larry's many...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin Devine - Marlorough, MA

“LAWRENCE THOMAS DONOVAN WAS ONE OF A KIND.UNIQUE IN EVERY WAY. hE WILL LEAVE A VOID IN THE LIFE OF EVERYONE HE HAD CONTACT WITH.REST IN PEACE L.T.D...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Kenneth Perkins - Naples, FL

“I was very saddened to hear of the death of my very close family friend. Please accept my sincerest sympathy on this terrible loss. I will always...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jan Dangora - Abington, MA

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jan Dangora - Friend

“We miss you Larry we enjoyed many spinner & card games with you singing your Irish songs RI P. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Janet & jack Foley - Naples, FL

“I'm very sorry to read of Larry's passing . Great memories of Larry and my brother Paul together. They were best friends. My sincere condolences to...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: richard stanton - Friend

“Larry was always welcoming to my family and myself with a big smile !!! He would joke my husband Jimmy and share a laugh! He was a joy to know and...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Leslie Coughlin - Dedham, MA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Love Samantha and lewy McMahon. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Samantha McMahon - Merrimac, MA


Larry Donovan grew up in the Mission Hill Housing Projects of Boston where sons would eventually become union workers, cops or priests, and the Donovan boys fulfilled these traditional and somewhat expected obligations. As a longtime member of the Asbestos Union #6 in Dorchester, Larry was a pipe coverer - a person who works with insulation - in a job that was seldom easy. And while a lot of construction jobs were in the greater Boston area, he would often travel to where the work was in order to provide for his family.

Lawrence T. Donovan, Sr. was born on December 20, 1942 in Boston, a son of the late Edward and Grace (Roth) Donovan. A graduate of Mission High School with the class of 1960, education remained something which Larry deemed important. He raised his three children in Derry, New Hampshire, with his former wife, Donna J. (Mealey) Donovan.

Life brings change to each of us as it did with Larry. He later met Marilyn A. (Foley) Powers and they enjoyed almost seventeen years together. They divided their time between Dedham and Naples, Florida. In Florida he was a familiar and much-loved member of his community. He served on the condo association board for many years and did his best to manage decisions for the community. Larry had a terrific wit with which he would easily humor family, friends and strangers. He loved the warm Florida weather, his daily cribbage games and a Miller Lite while listening to the 'oldies' play in the background.

Larry died peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after being stricken ill at home on Sunday. He was 77.

Larry knew the best things in life were not things. His heart was filled with the love of family. In addition to Marilyn, he leaves his children, Lawrence T. Donovan, Jr. of Manhattan, New York, Diane M. Johnson (Jeff) of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Maureen Donovan of Derry, New Hampshire; his sisters, Clare Finnegan (late George) of Dedham and Fay Geary (Bobby) of Hyannis and Naples, Florida; Marilyn's children, James E. Powers of Canton, Jean M. Arki (William Casteel) of Dartmouth, John E. Powers (Laura), Lyn A. Goode (John), all of Dedham, and Stephen T. Powers (Taryn) of South Boston; grandchildren, Abby & Daniel, Courtney & Steven, Alexa & Sydney, Jack & Joseph, Stephen, Isla and Leo; great-grandchildren, Jaydyn and Brooklyn; sisters-in-law, Mary Louise Donovan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sheila Donovan of Malden, and several nieces & nephews. Larry was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Joseph Donovan.

Funeral services will be private.

Larry's family invites you to join them virtually for his services on Saturday, October 17th at 12 Noon. Please use this link: https://iframe.dacast.com/b/156599/c/566010.

In lieu of flowers honor Larry's belief in education with a contribution to an education-related non-profit, a school of your choice, or to The Speyer Legacy School, 925 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 or https://speyer-school.squarespace.com/support/office-of-advancement.

Arrangements by James & John Heald.