Obituary of Howard Donnelly
Howard G. Donnelly, born in 1937 and died June 18, 2018. Howard was raised early on in Victor, NY with his brother Jerry and their sisters Sandra (Miller), Teresa and Jean (Bill Carley) and eventually moving to Mt. Vernon Ave. in Rochester, NY.
At 17 years old he voluntarily enlisted and served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1954-1957, achieving the rank of Sergeant.
He would marry and have three kids with Norinne R. (Larson) who somehow put up with him for 40 years.
Howard worked as a carpenter, climbed utility poles and eventually found his calling as a salesman. He would rise through the ranks selling for some of the concrete placing industry's largest companies.
He would later parlay his organizational skills, attention to detail, gift of the gab and his unique ability of getting fired into starting his own successful business in 1989 - The Donnelly Co., Inc. which still operates today.
As a proud second generation Irish American New Yorker Howard was a lifelong N.Y. Yankees and Notre Dame Football fan. He was a long time member of Rochester Brooks Gun Club where he enjoyed shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays. He also loved photography and never passed up an opportunity to capture a train, an interesting building or a beautiful outdoor scene on film.
Howard reunites with his partner in crime since childhood, John Sweeney Sr., who had a 20 year head start, who no doubt are both now regaling fellow departed old friends and family in tall tales full of exaggerations, half-truths and extreme bull. Very loudly.
Daniel Patrick (Ana), Yvonne Marie (Rob McCabe) and Timothy John are ever grateful and owe much for who we are and what we've become to our father. Thanks for everything you did for us, love you and Semper Fidelis.
Besides his children, Howard is survived by his grandson Austin Cody; many nieces and nephews, and others from his extensive family of friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9 am at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 37 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls, NY In lieu of flowers, please donate in Howard's honor to the Semper Pi Fund, https:://semperfifund.org
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