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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
John Donahue

John Francis Donahue

October 8, 2019
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John Francis Donahue, 83, of Simsbury, CT and Vero Beach, FL, beloved husband of Joyce (Endt) Donahue, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born March 23, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Charles and Marie (Carr) Donahue and had lived in Simsbury for over 50 years. John served in the Army National Guard of New Jersey in the early 1960s. Mr. Donahue was the Chairman and CEO of HartRe and a Senior Vice President at The Hartford prior to his retirement after 44 years with the company. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena in West Simsbury, CT and enjoyed golf, tennis, poker and gardening. He also enjoyed jazz (frequenting clubs in his hometown of Philadelphia in his youth) and had artistic talents, particularly drawing. He was also known for his Irish wit.

In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Donahue of Dingle, Ireland; his son, Bryan Donahue and his wife Lynda Brenckle of Breckenridge, Colorado; his grandchildren, Bayley Donahue and her husband Ryan Maxon, Malory Donahue and Griffin Donahue; his great grandchildren, Westin Maxon and Tristin Maxon; a brother, Paul Donahue and his wife Malee, sister-in-law Dolores Gardella-Hyde as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Doris, Jane, Alice, Patricia, Liz, Eleanor, Kay and Dusty and a brother, Charles.

His family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT on Saturday, October 12th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Services will be private. Please visit John’s “Book of Memories” at for online condolences.
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    October 12, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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Shirley & John Hagood

Posted at 01:53pm
Dear Joyce,
We are deeply saddened to hear of John. We still have your most thoughtful card to us when we were married. Our love and prayers to you and your family.

Shirley & John Hagood

Posted at 01:23pm
A true gentleman was John .. his professionalism and work ethic was only surpassed by his kindness.. one of the great Leaders at The Hartford.. prayers and blessings to his family and friends.. Jon Sinnott

Al Quirin

Posted at 03:41pm
Joyce,so sorry to hear today about John.John was a great friend and mentor to me.He was a "class act" with
a terrific sense of humor.He was always my favorite underwriter.I'm sure John and Pete Thomas are already
sharing funny insurance stories in heaven.My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Al Quirin

Judy Del Rossi

Posted at 11:25pm
Dear Joyce , Frank and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family on the passing of your husband. Judy and Frank Del Rossi

Frank and Shirley

Posted at 01:44pm
Many great memories. We will always miss you. Love.
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