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Paul W. Donahue
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),
    26 Broadway, 14th Flr.
    New York, NY 10004

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“I'm sorry for your loss. He was always so nice to us while we were at WPI. I remember one time Mark locked his keys in the car while we were at a...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: David Marshall - San Luis Obispo, CA

“Shirley and Family,Spiro email'd me about Paul's passing. I was so sorry to hear. I enjoyed working Paul and just being around Paul. He was a...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Tim Kinne - Cincinnati, OH

“So sorry to hear paul passed. I met him years ago when i was cutting your mom's hair. He was always and will be one of my favorite customers at...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Frank Berg - East falmouth, MA

“We are so saddened to hear of our dear neighbor, Paul's passing. He was happiest surrounded by his family on the beach. Please accept our very...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Denise & Andy Bennett - Falmouth, MA

Falmouth Heights Beach around the 1980s “Paul was like family. One of the nicest people you will ever meet. I will miss seeing him on the beach in Falmouth ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Chris Coniglio - Raynham, MA

“To know Paul was to know a special man. He was a wonderful husband and father. He set an example as a father that his sons share today. His thee...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Doreen and Richard Wallace - MA

“To the entire Donahue family - John and I were very sad to hear of Paul's passing. He and Shirley were our next door neighbors for over 20 years and...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: John and Gerry Greene - Falmouth, MA

“Like many other GE-Lynn engineers of our period I knew, respected and appreciated Paul's talents, integrity and friendship. But it was the golf...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Rick Miller - Sarasota, FL

“Hi Brian, So sorry for the loss of your brother Paul, Having never met him, I am sure he was a really great guy, as are you his brother . He...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: RICK DOWEN - HUDSON, MA

“One of the luckiest days for our family was the day Paul married my sister, Shirley. Paul has always been there for his family, for our family, for...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Audrey & Ray Murphy - Novi, MI

“MARK, CHRISTINE, RYAN, LUCAS & entire Donahue Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Donahue a few times,...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Joanne Settemio - Melrose, MA

“I loved Paul. A truely good man. I will miss him terribly. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sean Murphy - Greenville, SC

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Paul W. Donahue, of Falmouth, formerly of Melrose, died at his home on Jan. 29, 2017 at the age of 74. Paul was born & raised in Taunton and a graduate of the Coyle Cassidy High School, Class of 1960. Paul went on to earn both his Bachelor's degree & Master's Degree from Northeastern University. He resided in Melrose for over 30 years and the past 10 years in Falmouth and worked as an Engineer for General Electric in Lynn for 40 years before his retirement in 2005. Paul's grandchildren were the most important part of his life and he didn't miss a game or event that they were a part of. He also loved to share time together with his family on Cape Cod and enjoyed playing golf with his brothers. Paul spent his summers in Falmouth for many years, loved to travel with his wife all over the world and would take his annual trip to see his brother in Hawaii. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley T. (Buczak) Donahue for over 40 years. Devoted father of Steven Donahue & his wife Erika of CO, Jeffrey Donahue & his wife Bonnie and Mark Donahue & his wife Christine, all of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Kari, Ryan, Jay, Shelley, Quinn & Lucas. Caring brother of Richard Donahue & his wife Kathleen of Falmouth, Brian Donahue & his wife Linda of Hawaii and the late Howard Donahue. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Feb. 2th from 4-8PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 3rd at 8AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. Melrose, at 9AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Flr., New York, NY 10004 or jdrf.org.