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William “Billy” F. Donovan

February 13, 2020 | Wilmington

William “Billy” Francis Donovan, age 71, passed away February 13, 2020.

Billy was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and was a 1966 graduate of P. S. duPont High School. In his senior year, Billy won the Delaware State Wrestling Championship in the 127-pound division. He also earned a wrestling scholarship to Milligan College in Tennessee. He had a long-standing career with Amtrak in Wilmington, Delaware, working in their welding department. Billy, a Vietnam Veteran, proudly served his country as an Army Sergeant with Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry of the 25th Infantry Division and was awarded the following medals and citations: Bronze Star W/V Device, Army Commendation Medal W/V Device, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

Billy was predeceased by his father, John Donovan; mother, Veronica Donovan; brother, Jack Donovan; and sister, Sheila Cutrona. He is survived by his longtime companion, Bella Dominick; two children; three sisters, Jane Beard (Harry), Eileen Brittingham (late Britt), Ronnie Donovan; two brothers, Dennis Donovan (Susanne) and David Donovan (Edna). Billy was an uncle to eleven nephews and four nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Committal Service, Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1pm at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, Delaware 19701.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

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  1. Great memories of Billy and Jack. God grant them eternal rest.

    Dan Simpson | February 20, 2020 at 9:58 PM
  2. From the days at Christ Our King to the day before your passing, Billy was like a big brother: great times & lotsa laughs. You will be greatly missed.

    John Dowling | February 21, 2020 at 5:46 PM
  3. I’ll always remember Billy as being an outstanding athlete, but an even “better” human being. Sorely missed, my prayers and thoughts to his family.

    Ron Krupa | February 22, 2020 at 12:16 PM
  4. May God bring peace to lighten your heart with the death of Billy. Keep only the happy memories of your brother with you. Prayers for you and all the family..

    Maureen Peters | February 22, 2020 at 6:31 PM
  5. Regretfully, the last time I saw Uncle Billy was many years ago. I remember he took my youngest son fishing at Mallard Lakes, which made him very happy. My funniest memory of Uncle Billy is of a day he went to the beach ahead of everyone. When we arrived, all of his stuff was spread out very neatly on a perfectly straight blanket. When Ronnie attempted to put her things down on the blanket, he said that she couldn’t. He told her to set up somewhere else because he didn’t want her getting sand on his blanket. He was so serious, which was funny to me. Everytime I think of the expression on his face when Ronnie attempted to share his blanket will forever make me laugh.
    Rest in peace Uncle Billy.

    Renee Anderson | February 23, 2020 at 3:42 AM
  6. RIP My Friend–Prayers to the family

    Buzzy Schneider | February 23, 2020 at 5:19 PM
  7. Fond memories of us at COK and our time working at Amtrak. Rest In Peace my fellow veteran.

    Mike Farley | February 23, 2020 at 7:05 PM
  8. My condolences to all of the Donovan Family on the loss of Billy.
    Joyce Foster and the Foster Family

    Joyce Foster | February 24, 2020 at 4:41 PM
  9. God Bless you Billy…My heart pains with your passing.

    Michael Missimer | February 24, 2020 at 5:54 PM
  10. billy. Was. A. Mutual friend to a mutual friend. ……Mona….Never. A. Bad word said towards him.. A lot of people are very sad…was proud. To service. His. my friend

    Wg | February 28, 2020 at 10:38 PM

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