With his family at his bedside, the death of Allison (Bud) Michael Donovan occurred on October 1, 2017 at the Miramichi Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
Dad was born during the Depression on March 4, 1936 the youngest son of twelve children to Annie (McEvoy) Donovan and Michael Donovan. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Cletus (Theresa), Marven (Eileen), Leo (Alice), Jeremiah (Sylvia) and sisters Eileen Hallihan (Eugene), Evelyn Hallihan (Hubert) and Carmelette Buggie (Lyman). He is survived by sisters Mary Donovan, Shirley Tucker (Sterling), Lois Hallihan (James) and Lila Hallihan (Leslie).
In addition to his surviving siblings he leaves behind his devoted wife of fifty eight years Blanche (Curtis) and eight children Dan (Nancy), Mark (Paula), Chris (Theresa), Karen, Patty (Donnie), Bernice, Matthew (Brenda) and Philip (Christina).
Dad dearly loved all of his family, but he reserved a special place in his heart for his twenty grandchildren including Curtis, Casey, Brady, Nathan, Grant, J.J., Amanda, Michael, Ariel, Matthew, Tiffany, Alex, Zach, Felicia, Tony, Samantha, Connor, Noah, Patrick, Jorja and his four great grandchildren Axl, Rex, Jasson Patrick and Matthiss. In his eyes they could do no wrong and he would take every opportunity to share with others their accomplishments and exploits.
Dad worked hard his entire life and made a living working primarily in the woods throughout the Miramichi area. Aside from a few years where he worked for NB Power and the NB Department of Natural Resources Dad owned and operated a skidder, truck and loader and employed many of his family and friends over the years. He was also an avid fisherman, licensed guide and local historian.
Our father found great joy in life and had a real knack for turning a sad or serious life event into a humorous one. He would do almost anything for a laugh and had a quick wit that he didnt mind sharing with anyone who cared to listen. He would entertain people by both telling and often embellishing stories and local folk lore. For decades he was a featured act at annual St. Patricks Day Concerts and would always kick up his heels in fine style with some traditional Irish Step Dancing.
Dad was a man who had deeply rooted Irish Catholic beliefs and was a charter member of the Father Barry Council # 7481 and Bishop James Rogers Assembly # 2668 of the Knights of Columbus in Renous.
In the end, Dads stoicism and concern for his family was truly admirable. He made it clear that he did not fear death and made every attempt to put his family's minds at ease as he awaited entry through the Pearly Gates. His only fear was that he might be delayed getting through as he is certain one of his brothers would have hidden the key.
To say that his family shared a laugh or two over the past five days, let alone over the past 81 years, would be a huge understatement. While surrounded by his grandchildren at the hospital grandad never ceased to be the performer and further cemented his family legacy.
Visitation for our father, Allison (Bud) Michael Donovan will occur at St. Bridgets Roman Catholic Church in Renous on Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 7-9 pm and on Wednesday October 4 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will occur on Thursday October 5, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Bridgets Roman Catholic Church in Renous with Father Vincent Donovan officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association, Canadian Diabetes Association or Mount St. Josephs Nursing Home.