John “Jack” S. Donahue of Chelmsford and Osterville


John “Jack” S. Donahue, 83, of Chelmsford died on August 13, 2017 at his home in Osterville.

He was married to Janet (McHale) Donahue with whom he would have celebrated their 57th anniversary on that day.

Born in Quincy, MA, Jack was the son of the late William J. and Alice M. Donahue. He graduated from North Quincy High School with the class of 1951, and then served in the Far East with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor in law from Suffolk University.

Jack retired in 1998 after 30 years as corporate counsel for EG&G Inc. He also operated a law firm in Boston on Union Wharf.

Jack was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford. He was a member of the Oysterville Yacht Club and the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, and a former member of the Upland Game Club in Norfolk.

Jack enjoyed bicycling, sailing, fishing, tennis, pheasant hunting, and digging for clams and oysters. However, his greatest pleasure was being with his family.

Besides his wife, Jack is survived by: his daughter Paula and her husband Joseph Kerwin of Medfield, MA; his son Jay Donahue of Osterville, MA; his daughter Nancy and her husband Frederick Cyker of Boston, MA.

“Dutch” was the adored grandfather of Joseph Kerwin, Camille Kerwin, Jack Kerwin, Sophie Cyker, and Leo Cyker, all of whom he loved absolutely. He is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

Jack was the brother of the late William Donahue, Marie Regele, Alice Kuppens, Jeanne Lee, and Eleanor Kilroy.

At Jack’s request there are no visiting hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 18th at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Church, 25 North Road, Chelmsford, MA.  Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at



August 18, 2017
11:00 AM Mass
St. Mary's Church, Chelmsford, MA
  1. The Carey Family says:

    Our hearts go out to all of your family. May Jack rest in peace.

  2. Beth Melchiono says:

    Always such a gentleman when I was his waitress at the pineapple cafe in osterville.My condolences to Jay and his family. Beth Melchiono

  3. Fred Fredericks says:

    Jack was a “terrific guy”. Worked with him at EG&G. In addition he would ask my help in fixing is computer at home. Jack was nice enough to give me a ride to work when I was recuperating from a Achilles heal injury. May he rest in peace.

  4. mary elizabeth labrecque says:

    One of the most wonderful men to have known. I owe him so much. He was much loved by his nieces and nephews…

    Mary Beth LaBrecque

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