Stanley Michael Donovan Jr, Doaktown NB passed away suddenly on February 2nd, 2019, at the age of 73 in the Dr Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton.
He is survived by his wife Linda Donovan (Lyons) of Doaktown, daughter Jayne Doucette (Marc) of Ottawa, son Mick (Tammy McIntyre) of Baie-Ste Anne, daughter Joan (Corey Price) of Charters Settlement, daughter Jess (Matthew Lawton) of Venice CA, brother Eugene (Gail) of Blackville and sisters Sheila (Wayne) Holt of Miramichi, Pauline McEvoy Renous, sister-in-law Maureen Donovan of Miramichi, mother-in-law Mary Lyons of Doaktown, brothers-in-laws Brian (Jackie) of Doaktown, Larry (Valerie) of Lac La Biche AB, grandchildren Katey, Erika and Wil Doucette, Karter and Quinn Donovan, Janica Dugas, Sydney and Spencer Morrison, Noah Ashford and Nola and Ruby Lawton.
He was predeceased by his parents Stanley Joachim and Catherine Cecelia (Murphy) and brothers James and Thomas, sister Margaret Hallihan (Darrell) and father-in-law Calvin Lyons.
Stan Donovan was a man that was much larger than life.
He was brought up in a family with strong community values in the village of Renous.
They ran the local store where the belief was that if you needed something, take it.
You’re not stealing if you need it but always remember to return it when you no longer need it.
Their children went off into the world carrying this commitment to community.
Stan arrived in Doaktown in 1965 at the age of 19 to teach mathematics and went on to teach for 34 years.
He gave his heart and soul to his profession, to the community of Doaktown and to his family (including his dog Willowmina).
He was passionate about everything he did.
Where he saw a need, he worked to fill it whether it be contributing to: the Salmon museum; the church (Warden, Sunday School teacher, Basement committee); the Curling club (grant committee, coaching little rocks); the Village Council (Councilor, building inspector, Santa); the Wildlife Trust Fund; the school (coaching hockey teams, softball and T-ball Hunter Safety, Gymnastics, tutoring, college prep, provincial testing, GED, chaperone for dances, ski trips, sports trips, drama trips); NBTA grievance committee; St John Ambulance Volunteer; fundraising (Gymnasium construction, Golf Course construction and for just about any other good cause).
He was the president of the Southwest Miramichi / Baie-Ste-Anne Liberal association and an avid environmentalist.
His hobbies included woodworking, gardening (vegetables, flowers, grapes, apples, raspberries) but fishing and guiding were his passion.
He dabbled in producing maple syrup and wine and he even built a zip line for his grandchildren.
Stan’s biggest love in life was his family, Linda was his princess, love of his life and soulmate with almost 50 years of marriage (as of July 19).
They were inseparable, to the point that they had walkie-talkies when he went fishing... just in case his princess might possibly need him.
Nan, also known as Mary, was his queen.
He would do anything for her, with the exception of letting her win at a game of cards.
Willowmina, his faithful companion could always be found on his lap or by his side.
His kids; he taught them everything, from weeding the garden (there is a proper way), to math in school (and every other possible moment), but most importantly he taught them to live.
And that to live is to love! He often said, “if you can’t love, you can’t do anything”.
He taught his children to be kind and generous and to treat people well no matter who or where they came from (because that didn’t matter).
It was just the way to be. Family and friends were always welcome in the Donovan home. There was always time for them.
To be quite honest, we are not sure why he wore a watch except for the simple fact of knowing the numbers.
Anyone who knew him knows that time didn’t matter.
He was always late. He loved his grandchildren.
If you could ever find a weakness in Stan, it was them.
He would drop anything, yes even talking, to move mountains for them. So… husband, son, dad, brother, gramps, uncle, friend and yes even stranger, this is not goodbye.
We all know that you could never possibly leave us behind.
You are here in each and every one of us. Your body has left this world but your spirit remains.
Until we me again… fly free. We love you.
Visitation will be at Davidson's Funeral Home, 579 Main Street, Doaktown, NB on Thursday February 7th, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Funeral service will be at the St. Andrews Anglican Church in Doaktown on Saturday February 9th, 2019 at 11am with reception following at the Doaktown Curling Club.
In lieu of offering flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Andrews Anglican Church or the Doaktown Curling Club.