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Daniel Francis Donohue October 3, 1953 - February 11, 2023
Daniel Francis Donohue of Dover, Pa. passed away at York Hospital on February 11, 2023. Dan was surrounded by his family.
Daniel was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He grew up in the Northeast and attended St. Timothy’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1971. In his early years, he worked in construction. He entered into the Dental equipment business, learning the business while working for Dentrex Dental Equipment Company then located in Northeast Philadelphia. Dan went on to enjoy a long career in the Dental services Industry with Equipment Services Corporation, Benco Dental, Henry Schein, Dental Eze. Eventually Dan established his own company Dental Solutions Unlimited. His reputation and success were due to his skill and integrity.
Dan is survived by his wife of forty-three years Maureen (Judge), His children and loved ones: Daniel J Donohue of Havertown, Pa., Timothy M Donohue of Dover, Pa, Breanna Winters of Dover, Pa., Granddaughter Charley Aldonna Donohue of Dover, Pa. his God-son/nephew Justin Donohue and sister in law Elaine Donohue (Schoorenko) of Philadelphia. Dan is also survived by many dear friends and relations, nieces and nephews.
Dan was predeceased by his parents Aldonna Donohue (Supron) and Thomas Donohue, his brother Edward Donohue all of Philadelphia. Also his beloved brother in law Michael P. Judge, his dear friend John Clune of Birchardville, Pa. and his God-son Jeremy Arnold of Moorsevillle, N.C.
Relatives and friends are to his Memorial Mass on Saturday March 11, 2023 at 12pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, 6084 W CANAL RD, ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 17301. Visitation from 11:30am to 12pm.
Interment will be private.
When Dan and I met we knew one another right away. We were so young and just beginning to know ourselves as we began to know one another. We were both determined to make the life we wanted and as long as we were together, we were unafraid. Serious about accomplishing our goals. Undeterred by delays… We did what we set out to do: to live the life we wanted by our own design…. And so we have. Dan didn’t define success by possessions ( although he liked nice things) Dan defined success best by his relationships……If things were good then all was well in his world. He was solidly unpretentious and thoroughly authentic…. In the words of Lynard Synard: he “followed his heart and nothing else, all that he needed was in his soul. He was a simple kind of man” ………Dan celebrated “moments” everyday…... Wherever he was… chatting for a few minutes with clients who had become friends, sending out silly jokes, texts, memes to others or sharing a story he just had to tell you… …..He loved. He loved our home and watching the sunset from the deck………….. …He loved …. He loved watching the ocean from our tiny perch at our home away from home……he loved…. He loved riding his bike on a summer morning……. He loved: ……..He loved our children…. Dan never missed a little league game or a camping trip, or a day fishing, or a hunting trip, or a Phillies Game, or a day working on one car or another, or a phone call. He never had any reason EVER not to share the day or even just a lunch date. Always pulling one or the other of our sons on for a side job and some extra cash…always looking for the opportunity to touch base one way or another. He never stopped looking out for our men ( who are Awesome men!). They are decent men…. Honest, kind, and loyal…both with a solid work ethic...He taught them well. Dan was proud of each of our sons with every breath he took. He loved. He loved “holding court” in the garage with our sons or a friend, where the music could be loud and “infiltrators” were discouraged with very few *exceptions. What was shared there was confidential. A sanctuary where Dan and whoever could talk through any issue they wanted to share. Or maybe they just fooled with some tools, polished his bike … There was always laughter. He loved. He loved our sweet granddaughter. *Charley was an exception to any rule always! She was the “always welcome” distraction…. Wherever he might be, whatever he was doing…. She commanded Dan’s instant attention….. “His pony-tailed Tornado”.... For good or for ill, Charley was truly “his partner in crime”. Dan ALWAYS had treats at the ready…. and new activities with tools and such for Charley to explore. Most treats and activities lacked “Parental Approval” Good times, the best of times…. …..Recently a younger man ( now in his mid forties) told me that Dan was the most influential adult man in his life during his ages 10 yrs - 18 yrs. I was sooo touched by that. I told that younger man it was because Dan “was the close friend to the younger man’s own father who had passed away too soon. That alone made the younger man Dan’s boy too.” And it was true. ….Again and again over the last few weeks. That theme has repeated itself to me over and over…”how he never turned anyone away or refused to help someone , how he did or was ‘something else’ that I never knew.” Stories of kindness, compassion, empathy, integrity….. That younger man was well into his own adulthood before Dan ever looked away. As our children and I can attest first hand: Once Dan loved you he loved you forever. ………………And so it goes…………………….. . Maureen Judge February 2023