Jim Donovan

Obituary of Jim Donovan

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It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the family of Edward James Donovan announces his peaceful passing at the Sault Area Hospital on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  Jimmy has now joined the choir of heavenly hosts.

Beloved husband of Barbara Donovan (nee Johnson) for 46 happy years and much-loved and cherished father of Lisa Millar Donovan (Ken), the late Ronald Donovan, Tammy Drover (Claude), and Karen Weddell. Predeceased by his parents Roy and Mae Donovan. Dear brother of John Donovan (Caroline), Joanne Donovan, the late Carol Donovan, late Bobby Donovan, and late Polly Donovan. 

He was greatly admired and will be sadly missed by his seven grandchildren, Riley Drover, Joshua Drover and Jenna Drover, Nicole Chalifoux (Travis), Jessica Millar, Allison Millar, Ryan Weddell, as well as his great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jimmy worked at St. Mary's Paper for 41 years as a respected superintendent. He was always grateful to God for what he received.  Jimmy will forever be remembered for his kindness, his smile, his warm heart, and his quick sense of humour.

The family wishes to thank the Sault Area Hospital Staff 3B wing for their compassion and care.  Memorial contributions to Our Local Soup kitchen or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Due to the on going pandemic, a private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Road, 705-945-7758). 


He leaves us with a poem - "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm Following the path God has laid you see. I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all.  I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that peace at the close of day.  If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.  A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Oh Yes, these things I too will miss.  Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.  My Life's been full, I savoured much, good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.  Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief.  Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee, God wanted me now; He set me Free."