William Donovan

July 27, 1946 - February 9, 2024

Service Details

Friends may call Saturday February 17, 2024 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara Street.

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."

Obituary of William Patrick Donovan

On Friday, February 9, 2024, William Patrick Donovan of Gasport, NY passed away from a lingering illness at the age of 77. Bill was born on July 27, 1946 to James and Helen Donovan. He was a graduate of St. Joes Collegiate Institute, Hiram Scott College and the University at Buffalo.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, his son, Kevin (Christine),his daughter Colleen (Sean Henning) and pride and joy of his life- his grandchildren, Rielly Albee, Reed Albee, Keeley Donovan, Remington Albee and a step granddaughter, Nicole (Josh) Trautwein and a great grandson, Eli Trautwein. Also survived by his two brothers, Robert (Susan) and Thomas (Carol). Also a brother in law and sister in law, Bernard and Mary Bell.

Bill spent 33 years teaching and coaching in the Roy-Hart school district. He loved his students and his athletes. He was awarded the Niagara Orleans Foundation award in 2002 and was inducted into the Roy-Hart Wall of Fame in 2017. He was the perfect example of “Once a Ram, Always a Ram!” Memorials in Bill’s memory can be made to the Roy-Hart Sports Boosters Club (54 State Street, Middleport, NY 14015) where a scholarship will be established in his memory or to Niagara Hospice (4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094).

Friends may call Saturday February 17, 2024 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara Street.


  1. Larry and Maureen Albee on February 13, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    Marilyn, Kevin and Colleen, Larry and I are so sorry for you loss. Bill was a wonderful man. We have many fond memories of our time in Lockport as neighbors. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Linda Driscoll on February 13, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    I will always remember Mr. Donovan as a great teacher. I wish the kids today could learn the lessons he taught me! He also was a great coach.. My condolences to the family, and all his friends.
    He will be missed.

  3. Tom Ramming on February 13, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    Bill and I, as teachers, had a summer painting business. Painting was not fun but visiting the DRI most days after work was great! Kate and I also enjoyed the company of Bill, Marilyn and their children on weekends. Fun times!

    • Kim (Baes) Middione on February 13, 2024 at 9:58 pm

      Mr Ramming…I remember babysitting his kids so you guys could go to Bills game! He was an amazing teacher and one of my all time favorites from RoyHart! My sincerest hugs and love to the family.

  4. Julie Stevenson Rappold on February 13, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    Kevin, Christine, Marilyn and Family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    I will miss his big smile, and kind heart. Mr. Donovan was a great teacher and mentor to many. Prayers and love

  5. Lynn Granchelli on February 13, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    Marilyn,Kevin ,Colleen and family. I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. I have so many great memories,all the fun we had at the many, many hockey games,all the tournaments and banquets. I always wondered who had more fun ,the kids or the adults!! These are the things we hold dear to our hearts and remembering Bill will always bring a smile to my face—RIP dear friend 💕

  6. Amy and Jer Esch on February 13, 2024 at 10:33 pm

    Mrs Donovan and family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences. Words cannot do justice to describe the sorrow felt with the loss of Mr. Donovan. He has as such a special place in my heart from being a former teacher, stellar coach, mentor, and friend. His infectious smile, laughter, and brilliant sense of humor is something that lights up my memories of him. I’m grateful to have known him for so long and to have spent time with such a generous man I also called my friend.

  7. Kevin Bush on February 13, 2024 at 11:54 pm

    By far the best teacher I had at RH. I really am lost for words otherwise. One of the best guys ever.

  8. Lisa Phillips Burke on February 14, 2024 at 9:17 am

    Mr. Donovan was the BEST! He is one of my favorite memories from high school. I thank the Lord for gracing me to be in Mr D’s class. Condolences to the Donovan family.

  9. James F. Duggan on February 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Bill was my classmate at St. Joes and a more affable chap could not be found. A fine athlete and true friend, his engaging smile and willingness to help were integral to his character. I hold fond memories of our days together and extend sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

  10. Kevin Lavin on February 14, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    Bill and I were good friends and fellow football players at St Joe’s. He was an outstanding athlete and a great guy. I remember Bill playing injured during the Canisius game our senior year. He had injured his shoulder and wore a brace which limited his mobility but he still played a great game. My sympathy to Bill’s family and friends. God bless you all. Kevin Lavin, Bonita Springs, FL.

  11. Marcia Robison on February 14, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Marilyn – you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. I always had a problem with remembering Bill’s name. When I’d see him at the Lodge, I’d call him Mr. Marilyn and he’d smile. When I told my son Eric (Sommers), he asked me to let you know he would be praying for your strength during this time of sorrow. Kevin and I will also pray for the repose of his soul.

    Kevin & Marcia Robison with Eric Sommers.

  12. Jeff Landers on February 15, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    Mrs. Donovan and family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Mr. D had a profound impact on my life and career and it all started with his teaching how important the words William Shakespeare used in his works. May your memories sustain you in these tough days. May he rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him.

  13. Russell cree on February 17, 2024 at 11:45 am

    I just would like to give my condolences to the family. Also, would like to say how much I appreciated Mr. Donovan for being a teacher and a coach . I guess we don’t really realize how much someone affects your life until they are gone. I always appreciated him! He always had a smile on his face no matter where I ran into him. He would always take the time to reminisce about the old days, I guess that’s what memories are made of. Let me end by saying I had a lot of good memories. God bless you and your family.. ( Class of 1974 )

  14. Sister Marguerite on February 19, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Marilyn, Kevin, Colleen and Families my prayers and thoughts at this time.
    Praying that peace 0f the Lord will be your comfort. Peace that only the Lord can give.

  15. Kevin W. Pratt on February 22, 2024 at 6:45 pm

    I remember Dr. Donovan as a wonderful teacher who knew when and how to have fun in the classroom. He was stern but fair on the field as a coach. We would run into one another over the years and always had fun conversation. I enjoyed reconnecting during the alumni games. Condolences to Mr. Donovan’s family, he was a fine and wonderful man.

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