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Gaylon "Gale" Roy Donovan
December 19, 1926 ~ July 10, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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The Hilltown community is in mourning as it saddens us to announce that a pillar of the community, Gaylon “Gale” Roy Donovan, 96, passed away unexpectedly at his home in West Chesterfield on July 10th, 2023. In the interest of time, a detailed obituary will be provided at his funeral services. Gale’s extraordinary life began on December 19th, 1926 in Washburn, Maine. He was the ninth child of John and Theresa “Tressie” Donovan. Together they managed their family farm while also working the local potato fields. At the age of 15, the Donovan family moved south to better prospects in Massachusetts, moving to Ireland Street, West Chesterfield.
Gale married Ruby Maxine Beckwith on November 29, 1944. They were childhood friends and started a family culminating in 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They were approaching their 75th wedding anniversary before her passing in 2019. In his immediate family, he is predeceased by his parents, his ten siblings, his sons, Michael “Mick” Donovan and Mark Donovan, a daughter, Pamela Donovan-Hall, and a grandson, Patrick Donovan.
Gale is survived by a daughter, Mary Senatore, his son, Matthew Donovan, his fiancé, Rosalie Pike, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gale is best known for his business, Donovan Bros Sand and Gravel in Huntington. He achieved success through the hard work and determination that are synonymous with the name Gaylon Donovan. Gale retired (kinda) in 2020; however, he simply relocated his office, set up the coffee pot and box of cookies, and continued his routine. He will always be remembered for his legendary tenacity, his heart-felt generosity, and his profound strength.