Charles Joseph Donovan, Sr.

August 24, 1938 - March 25, 2020 Formerly of Avondale, PA | Age 81 Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle and Friend.

Charles Joseph Donovan Sr., formerly of Avondale, PA, born on August 24, 1938 in Darby, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Pocopson Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s.

Charlie, as he was known to all his family and friends, attended Holy Spirit Catholic Grade School and Graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1958. Prior to opening Donovan’s Autobody Shop in Toughkenamon, Pa. he worked for Casco Autobody in Philadelphia, PA.

The son of Raymond & Margaret (Wallace) Donovan, he was the youngest and last of sixteen children. Charlie is proceeded in death by his first wife, Marguerite “Chickie” (Welsh), his second wife, Constance (Welsh-VanHook) and his longtime companion Dawn Geieger. He is survived by five children Maureen Stagliano (John) of Reading, PA, Charles J. Donovan Jr. (Lisa) of West Grove, PA, Daniel J. Donovan (Diane), of Bear, DE, Donald Donovan (Sonja) of Lincoln University, PA and Dennis Donovan (Nicole) of Lincoln University, PA. Charlie was blessed with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlies hobbies included bowling, camping, traveling the United States and restoring antique cars. He was a life time member of Collingdale Fire Co No 2.

Everyone who knew Charlie received a smile and a laugh.

He will be missed by the many lives he touched in his 81 years.

Viewing and burial services will be private

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  1. It was so sad to hear of the loss to Charlie he was a lot of fun at the bowling alley. He will be missed

    Norman | April 2, 2020 at 7:50 PM
  2. Bootsie Pannell
    Charlie was always friendly and cheerful at the bowling alley. Everyone liked him.

    Bootsie Pannell | April 1, 2020 at 2:09 PM
  3. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a joy to be around. Charlie kept the energy going at the bowling alley every week.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Alice & Charlie are bowling in heaven.
    Bonnie D’Antonio

    Bonnie D'Antonio | April 1, 2020 at 9:36 AM
  4. So sorry hearing the passing of Charlie .

    Donald thompson | March 31, 2020 at 7:42 PM
  5. Chip and Lisa, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing.

    Jeff and Diane Brittingham | March 31, 2020 at 1:58 PM
  6. May all the great memories bring you comfort during this sad time. He always had a smile and his laugh…contagious. A wonderful father and husband, who was always busy working, restoring antique cars, and spending time with his family. May he be at peace, no longer suffering from Alzheimer’s. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Denise Bauer | March 31, 2020 at 7:52 AM
  7. Kate
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Kelly Kinsella | March 30, 2020 at 4:11 PM
  8. Chip, So sorry hearing about your fathers passing.
    Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.
    Michael Conner

    Michael J. Conner | March 30, 2020 at 12:26 PM

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