The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 31, 2008


Lawrence E. Donovan

A youth spent in Carlisle

Lawrence E. Donovan, Jr., 83, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, formerly of South Street, died Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born December 28, 1924, in Boston, son of the late Lawrence E. and Florence J. (Bangs) Donovan.

After moving to Carlisle, he attended schools in Carlisle and in Concord, where he was a member of the football team and orchestra. He graduated from Concord High School in 1942.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended a number of training schools as well as having served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters.

After serving on the U.S.S. General O.H. Ernst AP133, he was discharged in December 1945 as a Machinist Mate 1st Class. He then joined the inactive Naval Reserve until July 30, 1948, when he reenlisted and joined the U.S.S. Des Moines CA134 and served with the 6th Fleet.

Following the military he returned to school and graduated from the Lincoln Institute of Northeastern University on June 17, 1956, with an associate’s degree in Electronic Engineering, and from Northeastern School of Business with a BBA in Engineering Management in 1959.

Mr. Donovan had been employed by Raytheon, American Machinery & Foundry, Clevite Control Co., Honeywell, and Data General Corp.

He enjoyed bicycling, photography, dancing and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, whom he has known since the fifth grade, Bernice “Bunny” (Gallagher-Booth) Donovan of Jaffrey; eight daughters, four sons, 26 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494, or to Home Health Care & Community Services, P.O. Box 496, Peterborough, NH 03458.

As per his request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey. The Reverend Wilfred Deschamps, pastor, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Jaffrey.

Our sympathy to . . .

Lynne, Paul and Shane DiCristina of Heald Road on the death of Lynne’s twin sister Lauren Dombrowski, 51, who died of cancer on October 8 at her home in Los Angeles.

CCHS GOLF TEAM CAPTURES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. For the first time in school history, the CCHS golf team won the MIAA Division II State Championship at Gannon Golf Course in Lynn on Monday. Pictured above are team members and their coaches; front row, left to right: Brian Burns, Co-Captain Stephen Winslow, and Co-Captain Tommy Ferguson; back row: Coach Phil Gibson, Ryan Harris (Carlisle), Justin Harris (Carlisle), Brodie Stone, Alec Shanahan and Assistant Coach Cato Anderson. Also on the team from Carlisle is Connor Deignan (not pictured). (Courtesy photo)

• Clark Bakewell of Rutland Street, Middlesex School Class of 2008, received an AP Scholarship award in recognition of his achievement on The College Board’s Achievement Placement exams. Bakewell was also a National Merit Finalist and is now a freshman at Georgetown University.

• Alaric Krapf of Ice Pond Road and Miles Petrie of Baldwin Road, middle school students at the Fenn School in Concord, will be appearing in the Fenn School production, Toby Tyler, playing Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, on the school’s Robb Hall stage. Krapf plays the role of Olga, the fortuneteller, and Petrie fills the role of Ella in the well-loved story of a young orphan who runs away to join the circus.

• Leslie Wagner of Kimball Road stars in the Burlington Players’ production of Broadway Bound, opening November 7 for a three-week run. The Burlington Players present Neil Simon’s comedy about brothers breaking into radio on Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., November 9, at 2 p.m. and November 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16 and there’s a $3 senior/student discount. The Park Playhouse is located at One Edgemere Avenue in Burlington. For tickets, call 1-781-229-2649.

GETTING READY FOR NOVEMBER 4. Registrar of Voters Cynthia Schweppe (left) and student Carolyn Howe look over a collection of returned absentee ballots in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall on Monday. Howe, of Acton Street, a student at Concord Academy, was the winner of a Carlisle Democratic Town Committee Essay Contest. As winner of this contest, Howe attended the first Massachusetts Democratic Youth Convention held in Lowell in June. In August, she attended the National Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado. Howe will be counting votes on Tuesday evening, following the presidential election. (Photo by Dave Ives)


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