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David E. Donnelly, Sr.

April 6, 1942 ~ October 23, 2018 (age 76)

DONNELLY, SR., David E., 76, formerly of North Kingstown, passed away on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth E. “Liz” (Mullaney) Donnelly. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Catherine T. (Kennedy) Donnelly.

Dave was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and Providence College. Upon graduation from PC, he served in the RI National Guard and active duty in the United States Army. He then joined his father in the family retail business, Donnelly's of Rhode Island and later, Donnelly's School Apparel, where he was owner and operator until his retirement. Dave grew up sailing at the Edgewood Yacht Club. His love of boats and the ocean followed him into adulthood and he and Liz spent many summers boating with the kids. One day trip on the "Donna Lee" led them to their next great love, Block Island. Dave's most memorable times were spent with family and friends at their Block Island home. Dave was an avid fan of PC basketball and spent his first dates with Liz at the games. They passionately followed the Friars throughout their marriage.  Together with Liz, his family was his first priority and Papa would do anything for his grandchildren. Dave was an active communicant for many years at St. Francis de Sales Parish, always available for set up, cooking and clean up duties for many church gatherings

He is survived by his children, David Donnelly, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Attleboro, MA, Susan Danson and her husband Buddy of Wrentham, MA and Beth Peterson and her husband Tim of Bridgewater, MA and his grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily and Jimmy Peterson, Andrew, Luke and Kyle Danson, Carter and the late Caroline Donnelly.  Also survived by a son, Peter Donnelly and his family of Rehoboth, MA.  He was the brother of the late Charles T. Donnelly and Mary M. Mergener.

His funeral will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:45 am from the PRATA-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 78 Providence Street, West Warwick.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 am in St. Paul Church, One St. Paul Place, Cranston.  Interment will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.  Visiting hours Friday 4:00-8:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers contributions to the “Mary D. Fund” P.O. Box 323, Block Island, RI 02807 in his memory would be appreciated.  Information and condolences please visit:

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