Michael Patrick Donovan

March 2, 1942 to August 4, 2018


Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre after a brief battle with cancer on August 4, 2018 at the age of 76.  Predeceased by his parents Norman and Jessica Donovan; brother Ron, and sister Margie.  Leaving to mourn Nina, his loving and devoted wife of 47 years; his daughter (“his pride and joy”), Michelle and husband Brian O’Gay of Barrie; grandkids Brandon and Kaitlyn; sister Barbara Tapper (Kevin) of Milton; brother Ed (Bet); sister-in-law Mary Kennedy; brother-in-law Mike Ryan; many nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a wealth of cherished friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Morkar, the attending staff at the Health Sciences Centre, and long-time family physician Dr. Peter Noel.  Thanks also offered to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 where Mike was a life member.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-9 p.m.  Funeral mass to take place at Mary Queen of the World Church on Topsail Road on Thursday, August 9 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



2-4 p.m. on August 6, 2018

7-9 p.m. on August 6, 2018

2-9 p.m. on August 7, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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Sending my deepest condolences to the whole family.

Mrs Donovan, so sorry to hear of Mikes passing.
I knew Mike and the boys from the mess at the base. His was a great person and we had a lot of laughs at 4pm at the mess. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Don and Scott and family – so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Haven’t seen you in so many years but have some fond memories of your Dad when we were kids. RIP.

So very sad to hear of Mr. D’s passing, I have know him for 30 years while working with Sobeys and we always had such great chats. A true Gehtleman, so very sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.. Thoughts and prayers to his Family … I’ve know Mike for over 30 yrs coming to Sobeys .. He was a very gentle soul, always a smile and how are you today my love … He will be greatly missed ..

RIP My friend!! A true gentleman and the best neighbor you could ever ask for. You will be greatly missed.

Hi I’m sorry to hear of mikes passing. I met mike at the legion at branch 56 where like myself Was a member. I enjoyed his conversations over a cold beer numerous times . he was a good and honest person. “may he Rest In Peace”.

Aunt Nina, Michelle, and family,

We are so sorry we cannot be with you at this time. We are heartbroken with you and are sending all of our love. – Krista & Brad

So sorry for your loss
Unable to come to the funeral due to being in hospital.

Mr. Donovan – Mike – He always had a smile on his face & a welcome greeting for us.. We spent many a summer with you at Ocean Pond. They were great times. You will be missed.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences & wishing all of you peace & comfort at this time. God bless you, Mr. Mike Donovan.

Our deepest condolences are with you and your family. Michael will always be there in your cherished memories of the time you spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

My deepest condolences to Nina and family. Miike sure was a great man so kind and friendly. We will sure miss his coffees at the clinic.

A gentle spirit has gone from us. Rest in Eternal Peace Mike. My condolences to his family

Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Don. He always had a smile. Condolence to you & your family.

To the Donovan family,
Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good friend to us when we visited home on many occasions over the years. We were very sad to hear of his passing but glad he didn’t suffer long. Rest in peace Mike.

So Sorry to Don and his family for your loss . I know you and your father always had a special relationship.. Condolences to you and Sue and the kids .

To the Donovan family,
So sorry of hear of Mike’s passing. He was a long time business acquaintance of mine and though I haven’t seen him in awhile I still remember what a fine gentleman he was. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Nina: I am still in disbelief over the news of Mike’s passing. Our sincere condolences go out to you, Michelle, Brian and the children, Mike’s sons, and his brother and sister. He was a wonderful kind hearted man as evidenced by his years of volunteering at the Legion. I know he is with his buddies, Art and Bas, and I will have a beer for him at the Legion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Nina and Family,
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mike, our great friend and neighbor. . Words seem inadequate to express our sadness and our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Dunluce Crescent just won’t be the same without him! As the saying goes: “When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help you find your smile.”
Love and God Bless, Keith and Maureen

Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time..RIP Mike,

Ann Marie @ Greg Grenning

DON AND ALL THE DONAVAN FAMILY. Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. You couldn’t meet a finer person than mike. It was a pleasure to know him. RIP MIKE. Kitch and Rosemary Tizzard

Our hearts are with you Nina and your familiy too – HOPING you will feel your Husband, Dad, and GrandDad with you ALWAYS. There is NO OTHER LIKE him! One of the GOOD GUYS and BEST of BUDDIES has gone on to do a boil-up in Heaven for our Dad’s 90th, I’m pretty sure! with Loving Memories FOREVER, Deb & Tony

Barb,Ed & Family..

May all your warm memories ease the sorrow that you feel.

Our Thoughts are with you.
Deepest Sympathy.

Dearest Nina, Michelle and family,

We are so so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a wonderful and dear friend to Dad, Lorna and the family. There was probably no better man on earth. We are grateful to have been part of Mike’s very full life. He loved and was loved so completely. He will never be forgotten and we will always be here for all of you.

Nina and family, we were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Nina, to say we are shocked by how quickly Mike’s passing occured is an understatement. The world (and you and Michelle) has lost a true gentleman. We feel for you sweetie and we’re thinking about our Honda One “Mudder”. Love you lots!

Nina and family. Sorry for your lose. He will be greatly missed by yourselves and his many friends.

To Nina and family, So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you.. Nina you are on my mind and in my heart stay strong mama xoxo from all of us at Honda one.

So Sorry to hear of the passing of your father Don Donovan. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this sad time. Love from your work family.

To Nina , and to all of Mike’s family ,Thinking of you in these difficult times ,our thoughts and prayers are with all of you Wishing you peace , to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts 💕 Those we truly love never are far away, they walk besides every day. Remembering Mike’s awesome smile, friendliness, and kind words. Keeping you all in our prayers “Death is the last chapter in time but the first chapter in eternity” Let Mikes memories surround you with feelings that he is always near ! Until we meet again love Cousin Paul /Bev Sears / Airdrie Alberta

Very Sorry to hear of Mike passing he was a good friend to me since I met him in the early 80 s A real gentleman and good buddy, rest in peace buddy

Nina, sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Nina and family,
Myself and Mary were devastated when Mike passed and we are surely going to miss our “best buddy” next door. He will be in our hearts forever! Our deepest sympathy and condolences for family and friends and anybody else that has had the honor of knowing Mike!

George & Mary

To Nina and family
We were very sad to here about Mike’s passing
I have great memories of him,he was a good guy.

From Mike and Trish Sears

Saddened by this news, would also like to mention his two sons Don and Scott, Daughter in law Sue and other 3 grandchildren Myself, Sarah and Evan.
Condolences to the rest of his family.

Was saddened to read of Mike’s passing. To Ed and family our sincere condolences

Wendell / Shirley Streeter

I’m so sorry for your loss . I have such fond memories of Mike calling on Sobeys stores . Always with a huge smile and a kind word . We had some great chats. My heartfelt condolences to the family .

So sorry to hear of mike’s passing. He was such a kind and sweet man. Thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

Nina and all the family my condolences at what this must be a very hard time. Just remember his smile and hardy laugh. Mike could make everybody laugh at the most difficult times. Mike RIP. Until we meet again god bless.