Daniel J. Donahue obituary – Bucks County Courier Times


Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home

Daniel J. Donahue

New Hope – Daniel J. Donahue of New Hope, PA passed away peacefully on September 10, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. His closest friends and family were with him in his last days and hours.

Born in Philadelphia, Dan moved with his family to Mt. Holly, NJ, when he was a young boy. He graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1963 and enlisted in the US Navy. After 4 years of service including time spent in Viet Nam, he was discharged as a 3rd Class Aviation Machinist’s Second. Now a qualified engine mechanic, Dan continued his service in the Naval Reserve forces. Dan’s interest and expertise in all things mechanical was kicked off when, as a teenager, he worked in his stepfather’s repair shop in Mt. Holly. His “Pop” was also known to all as the Oklahoma “Oakie” Bradby and was of Native American descent. Oakie’s pride in his heritage sparked Dan’s passion for the American West. Dan retained a wardrobe of cowboy boots, hats, shirts, and jackets and developed an active interest in Native American culture. He loved the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and became affectionately known as “Cowboy Dan”.

Dan was an excellent sniper and enjoyed target practice at the local rifle range. He also loved mechanics and could take any device apart, put it back together and make it work better than before. No matter where he worked, his skills quickly manifested and he has become a critical part of an organization’s success. This has been true from his first jobs at his Pops repair shop and Cumberland Farms dairy factory in Palmyra to the Facilities Manager at the Scanticon Center in Princeton until his retirement as Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. at the Mercer County Special Services School. In retirement, he volunteered at Doylestown Hospital, where he became a well-known ray of hope that day for many hospital employees. Dan had resided in New Hope, PA for 15 years, having previously lived in Bedminster, PA and Lambertville, NJ.

Dan had a taste for life and for people. He greeted everyone with a smile and a big, warm bear hug. He had a wide range of life experiences and was more than willing to share his stories with great humor and insight. Dan could sit for hours with a cup of coffee and a friend reminiscing about growing up on a farm in New Jersey or his experiences in the navy with planes and ships or his work as an engineer in hotels and schools. Dan was generous with his time, always ready to help someone with a construction project or with a difficult construction problem.

Dan was predeceased by his parents William T. Donahue and Mary Schmidt Donahue Bradby, his stepfather Oklahoma “Oakie” Bradby, his sisters Patricia M. Hull and Veronica “Roni” A. Scott and his brother William T. Donahue. He is survived by his life partner Anthony L. Richinelli; his brother and sister-in-law Thomas J. and Theresa C. Donahue and a circle of loved ones including his beloved companion James E. Graves and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He had an extraordinary ability to build and maintain special, long-term romantic relationships. He will be sadly missed by all.

There will be a memorial gathering on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (vhmfh.com). We ask to wear masks during the service.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be a memorial service where Dan’s relatives and friends will be encouraged to share their favorite memories of Dan.

Participants are respectfully requested to be masked if they are not fully immunized.

Please visit the funeral home’s website for zoom / video links.

The services will end with the military honors of the US Navy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dan’s memory can be made to the Blue Angels Foundation (blueangelsfoundation.org) or Veterans of Foreign Wars (vfw.org)

Posted September 16, 2021

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