George J. Donovan, age 68

of East Bridgewater

George J. Donovan, age 68

George J. Donovan, age 68, of East Bridgewater, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

George was born in Quincy, to the late Russell J. and Claire F. (MacDonald) Donovan. Raised and educated there, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1972. He lived in East Bridgewater for thirty-five years, previously in Quincy. Since 1965, George relished the good times spent at his family’s cottage in Wolfeboro, N.H.

He was employed as a parts advisor in the automotive industry for many years. During his career, George worked for several dealerships and retired from Colonial Ford in Plymouth after over ten years of service.

He was an automobile enthusiast and loved vintage cars. As a young man, he and his late father, Russell, enjoyed visiting the former Freddy’s Auto Sales in Quincy, checking out all the hot cars and latest innovations. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.

Most of all, George was devoted to his family and friends.

Beloved husband for thirty-eight years of Helen J. (Daley) Donovan.

Devoted father of Katie L. Donovan of East Bridgewater, Christopher G. Donovan and his wife Melissa of Whitman.

Dear brother of Russell J. Donovan of Halifax and the late Stephen G. Donovan.

George is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, July 22, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m.

For those who wish, donations in George’s memory may be made to the American Transplant Foundation, 600 17th Street, Suite 2515 S, Denver, CO 80202 or by visiting


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  • George, we loved having you as a summer neighbor. You were a quiet gentleman. Your cars were always immaculate, made me embarrassed to drive mine. We will miss you in our community, lost you too soon. Helen come back soon. RIP George.

  • So sad to hear of George’s passing. He was an awesome guy and will be sadly missed. RIP George and thanks for putting up with us when we stayed at your beautiful cottage.

  • My childhood friend,

    So many fond memories on Wentworth Park.
    We would stay in the lake until we were blue.
    Our baseball games on your side lawn..
    Your Dad always yelling at us to stop leaning on the cars..
    Trips to Blys for ice cream..
    Frogs in mail boxes…
    So many fun times.
    Always loved seeing you at Rosemarys for your Birthday dinners, you will be missed so much! ♥️

  • We were saddened to hear about George’s passing. We will miss seeing him sitting in the chair outside his cottage in New Hampshire enjoying chats with all the neighbors and families that went by. His car wash routine will be missed as his attention to the vehicles always encouraged me to pay attention to our car. George was a great neighbor and friend that we had known since he was teenager.
    Our sincere sympathy to Helen and the Donovan family .

  • To the Donovan’s my second family growing up, I’m so sorry for the loss of George. He was such a great guy with a great smile and a big laugh. I will always remember him fondly growing up in your house with Katie and Chris you all were my second family. I’m sure he is with my dad up there in hot rod heaven talking about hot rods and racing in their dream cars. I am sending you all love and prayers during this difficult time please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you this weekend and every day. Love you all with love DeAna Botta

  • We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Seeing George always brightened our day, whether it be with a great chat or joke or his huge smile and big wave he always projected joy. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Dear Helen and family, I was so sorry to hear abour you loss this is so awful especially when he was finally able to get his transplants, may God help you and your family . Sending hugs to you and your family Kathleen Nick and our family

  • Will fondly remember George’s broad smile and hardy laugh in and about Wentworth Park. My sympathies to Helen and the entire Donovan family.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  • Oh Helen, I am so, so sorry to hear about George. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers. RIP George.

  • Katie, I am sorry for the loss of your father. I never physically met you or your family but after reading the obituary of your dad and all the lovely messages, I feel like I know you all a bit better. I can see where your magnetic personality comes from. You are a beautiful person with a loving spirit that is clearly a part of your entire family. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, he seemed like a wonderful man who certainly raised one heck of a daughter. Praying comfort for you & your family & as sad as y’all may feel, remember you’re now blessed with a guardian Angel to help protect & guide you. Until y’all meet again💗🙏. Love, hugs & prayers to you my friend. I’m here if you ever need to talk. Donna. .

  • Please accept my sincere sympathy. May God comfort all of you at this very difficult time.

  • Although George and I had lost touch, we were close friends at one time. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. He was a good guy. My sympathies to his family.