J. Donoghue Jr., 82, N. Indiana Avenue, passed away Saturday
morning, Nov. 10, at Samaritan Medical Center where he had
been a patient since Oct. 29.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc, Watertown. A prayer service
will be 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the funeral home
followed by the 11 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated at Holy
Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, officiating.
Entombment will be in Glenwood Mausoleum.
Born Jan. 3, 1930, in Watertown, a son of John J. and Alice
Delaney Donoghue, he graduated in 1947 from Immaculate Heart
Academy and had attended Villanova.
He married Jean Kelly on June 6, 1953, at Holy Family Church
with her uncle, Rev. Donald Kelly, officiating. Mrs.
Donoghue, a long-time nurse, died Oct. 22, 2009.
He had worked briefly for Stebbins Engineering prior to
attending Villanova and then for New York Air Brake. In 1950
he began his career with the City of Watertown in the
Engineering Dept., becoming senior engineer in 1962. He then
transferred to the Water Dept. and in December of 1966 he
was named superintendent of the Water and Electric Dept., a
position he held until his retirement in 1983.
John was a licensed New York state land surveyor.
He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a life member
of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496.
He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing, and vegetable
gardening. He was an avid sports fan, attending many of his
grandchildren's sporting events and especially loved the NY
Surviving are his five children, Eileen D. Decent,
Watertown, Jack Donoghue, Canandaigua, Michael J. and wife,
Kelly, Donoghue, Summerville, S.C., Patrick J. Donoghue,
Fayetteville, and Nancy D. and husband, Stephen D., Laverty,
Watertown; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren;
a brother and his wife, Richard P. and Maureen Donoghue,
Dexter and Fla.; a sister, Ann D. Conley, Clinton; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his wife, Jean, he was predeceased by his grandson,
Robert T. Decent, Jr., who died in infancy.
Since 1977, with his first open heart surgery, he mystified
his doctors for 35 years with his resiliency and rebounded
from many serious illnesses. The family would like to thank
Samantha and Dora for their exceptional care and kindness in
his final months.
Donations in his name may be made to either Immaculate Heart
Central School Scholarship Fund, 1316 Ives St. or Holy
Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., both in Watertown, NY
Condolences to the family may be made at CummingsFuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown