Arthur "Artie" Donovan, age 79, of Brocton, NY died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2013) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 1, 1934 in Buffalo, NY to the late Frank and Ruth Kreiner Donovan.
In his younger years, he learned a great work ethic that stayed with him all his life. Artie had lived in the Brocton-Portland area for 38 years.
He was employed by Kraft Foods for 26 years until the plant closed. He then continued to work for Chautauqua County Building and Grounds until retiring after 10 years, still maintaining his work ethic.
He worked for the Dunkirk Evening Observer delivering the "news."
Artie was the Town of Portland Councilman for 12 years and was in his second term as trustee for the Village of Brocton.
He was active in the Portland Fire Department until he took his exempt status. He always enjoyed working at the annual chicken barbecues.
He umpired softball and baseball games for 46 years, and especially enjoyed working with the kids.
Another favorite was bowling and the 299 he bowled was great. Playing cards was another favorite activity.
Artie was a member of the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 where he was the commander from 1998-2000. He served in the armed forces for three years, serving in Germany as a tank driver.
He was a member of the Fellowship Church in Brocton and was active in the community.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jacqueline (Crosby) Donovan; a son, Richard (Elaine) Caldwell of Fredonia; and a daughter, Sandra (Dan) La Borde of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. He also has four grandchildren, Danielle, Ricki Sasha, Jessica and Jason; four great grandchildren, Kieara, Tehya, Jada and Gianna; a brother, Thomas Donovan; and a sister, Patricia Donovan, who is a Sister of Mercy in the Buffalo area.
A celebration of Artie's life will be held at the American Legion Post 434 of Brocton on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Sandra Ball presiding and full military honors provided by John W. Dill Post 434. Flowers are gratefully declined and donations can be made to the charity of church of one's choice.