William “Billy” Donovan

September 11, 1992 - April 24, 2022 Kennett Square, PA | Age 29 Loving Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

William “Billy” Donovan, age 29, of Kennett Square, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2022. He attended Unionville High School, where he was a captain of both the Varsity Lacrosse and Varsity Ice Hockey teams. He skated at Chester County Skating Club, and played club lacrosse for Unionville Recreation Association and Dukes LLC.

He went on to attend Cornell University where he majored in Hotel Administration and graduated in 2015. He was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and Varsity Sprint Football team, as well as the Club Lacrosse and Ice Hockey Teams.

Billy worked in various sectors of the Commercial Real Estate and Hospitality industry and had recently accepted a new position as Senior Analyst at Watermark Lodging Trust in Chicago, IL.

Billy was a bright and energetic individual who loved challenge and adventure. He enjoyed cooking, skiing, traveling, Western movies, a lively debate, and spending time with his family and friends, especially in his role as uncle.

Billy is preceded by his father, John, and survived by his mother Katy, his siblings Kaitlin (Christopher) Knauss, Amelia (Kyle) Burke, Annabeth (Tom) Davis, Daniel and Claire, his nieces Esmé and Adeline, and his nephews Benjamin, Jack, Tommy, George and Joseph.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Sunday evening May 15, 2022 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State St, Kennett Square, PA. His Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Rt. 82, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be establishing a scholarship in Billy’s memory at Chester County Skating Club. Contributions to this scholarship may be sent to:
Chester County Skating Club
PO Box 216
Kennett Square, PA 19348

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

Message from the Family

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Memorial Donations

The family will be establishing a scholarship in Billy’s memory at Chester County Skating Club. Contributions to this scholarship may be sent to:

Chester County Skating Club
PO Box 216
Kennett Square, PA 19348



May 15, 2022 5:00-7:00 Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Mass

May 16, 2022 11:00 St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA


May 16, 2022 St. Patrick's Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. I was saddened to learn of Billy’s passing. He was part of a 6th grade class at Patton Middle School that I always looked forward to seeing each day. He was such a bright student and always had an infectious smile on his face. We all loved him. May he Rest In Peace and may God wrap His loving arms around all of the Donovan Family in comfort now and in the days ahead. Most Sincerely,
    Lois Vanderburg

    Lois Vanderburg | May 15, 2022 at 11:42 PM
  2. Billy was one of a kind – quick with a joke, athletic, welcoming, and an unbelievable grill master. The affect he had on anyone who met him will never be replicated or forgotten. He’s so loved and missed. My deepest condolences.

    Alyssa Pyros | May 15, 2022 at 9:41 AM
  3. So very Sorry for the Loss of John and now Billy. Our Entire Duke’s Lacrosse Club especially our many Coaches send their deep Sympathies and Love to the Donovan Family.
    I named Billy the “Little Leprechaun ” because he was alwats playing smart and Looking for that little edge on the Field and always doing it with his infectious smile and playfulness.
    RIP Billy.
    You were a Special Yong Man who will be missed.
    Much Love.

    Ebe Helm | May 14, 2022 at 1:30 AM
  4. Dear Katy, on behalf of the entire James family we were stunned to hear of this and wanted you to know that we are all thinking of you and your immediate family at this most difficult time.

    We do not have words to say and can not imagine how you feel but we do know that our hearts, our thoughts and our love are with you and your children.

    Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Don James Jr.

    Don James Jr | May 13, 2022 at 9:49 PM
  5. World is definitely less bright without Billy! May God bless and watch over you all as you band together and continue on. Share all those wonderful memories you have and shine bright like Billy!

    Deepest condolences from the Gonzalez family

    Maureen Gonzalez | May 13, 2022 at 2:42 PM
  6. When I lived in Boston, my younger brother Jack Doherty and my sister Meghan would get together for sibling dinners every couple of Sundays. One of us would bring a surprise guest to add extra laughs. Jack brought Billy, his friend from men’s league Hockey, as the surprise guest one random Sunday… and my sister and I, who were met him for the first time that night, were just absolutely taken with him. He kept us laughing the whole night with his great stories, genuine spirit, and infectious smile. From that point forward, Billy was considered one of our favorites. I was so terribly saddened to learn the news of his passing and all I could think was there must be a group of people up there in heaven that needed Billy to light up their dinner table. My deepest condolences to Billy’s family.

    Kerryn (Doherty) Connolly | May 12, 2022 at 10:27 AM
  7. Dear Katy and family, my deepest sympathy as we grieve Billy’s passing. Let Billy’s infectious smile and humor live on in our minds and let the immortal kindness and compassion of his spirit surround us going forward. I recall his thoughtfulness in providing snacks to his Dill cousins ‘for the road’ when he helped Aunt Janice and I with transportation on a trip to Florida a few years ago. I recall deep conversations with gratitude and his cheerful attitude for bettering the world and all those he touched. I recall how he jumped at the chance to join me and the Cape Cod rugby club for a match in Boston the last time we were together, and how he took to the pitch as a natural athlete and laid down some big hits against the opponent. Every moment I spent with him was a delight. I know his cousins looked up to him as a big godbrother, and they and his godmother loved him deeply. There are no words that can truly express my sadness over his loss, but I know with certainty that his spirit lives with us forever. Sending my love to all who knew him. He is a blessing to us all.

    Uncle Nate

    Nathan Dill | May 11, 2022 at 11:40 AM
  8. Billy was a kid that left an imprint on your heart . He was my son’s best friend from Cornell and working and his roommate in southie . Billy had a heart of gold …. yes he lit up the room and was a blast to be around but his most endearing quality was his love and compassion. He had the best manners of them all as he always did the dishes , cleaned , and wrote thank you letters! way to go Katy . I loved him like my own . God has a special angel by his side and his name is Billy Donovan 🙏

    Mary OConnor | May 10, 2022 at 8:03 PM
  9. Heartfelt condolences to the Donovan Family. I echo the sentiments of many when I say that Billy always lit up a room with his presence. That was certainly the case every time he entered the AT classroom in middle school! He was larger than life, and all who knew him, loved him. May his light continue to shine in the hearts and minds of all who have had the pleasure to know him.❤️ Much love to Katy, Billy’s siblings, and his extended family.❤️
    With loving thoughts and prayers,
    Janet Schuster

    Janet Schuster | May 10, 2022 at 4:15 PM
  10. Billy, I miss you already and feel your spirit with me. I will always be grateful for your friendship, hot takes, and endless wisdom, you’re unlike anyone I’ve ever known and anyone who’s met you can say the same.

    You were one of my first friends in college and you’ve always been one of the best. Keep shining your light and laughter down on us and rest easy my bright and wonderful friend.

    Loulou Fitzelle | May 9, 2022 at 11:07 PM
  11. Rest In Peace, Billy. Huge conferences to his family and everyone who loved him. Anyone who met Billy loved him. He made everyone smile and always lit up the room. I’ll be able to hear his happy screaming and laughing forever.

    Skylar Fidel | May 9, 2022 at 1:15 PM
  12. My good neighbors in Newburyport, MA are the Mark and Jeannie Donovan family. They shared with me brother John’s recent passing and now Billy. Their boys are “taking this hard.” No wonder. To loose such two spectacular family members is such a tragedy.
    I don’t need to know you to feel your great loss dear Katy.
    May each one of you grieve freely and find your God in all the empty places you must walk. And in time May you heal because you are able to continue the celebration of the lives of these very notable and special people in your family and in your lives.
    I am grateful to Jeannie and Mark and the boys for all they do for me and for sharing their great sadness.
    I wish you love, I wish you well, I wish you love.
    Betsy Woodman

    Betsy woodman | May 9, 2022 at 9:30 AM
  13. Our hearts break for you. It is unimaginable why such good people have to deal with such sorrow. Katy, you have our most heartfelt condolences, and Billy and John will be kept in our prayers. John and Beth Jennings

    John Jennings | May 8, 2022 at 10:51 AM
  14. I was fortunate to experience Billy’s bright light in the classroom as one of his teachers. He was the energetic, charismatic student that made each day an enjoyable learning experience for those of us lucky to be in his circle. Billy was a passionate young man with gifts far beyond his years. Although Billy will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue to impact those of us fortunate to be in his presence.

    My condolences to the Donovan family in their time of grief. May the enjoyable memories of years gone by sustain you at this time.

    Dennis Nelms | May 8, 2022 at 7:35 AM
  15. We miss you Billy! I think Bill was one of my first friends upon moving to Unionville in first grade. He had the most magnetizing personality – everyone always wanted to be hanging out with Billy. He was a master at finding rides around town – I can remember Billy hitching a ride with my mom to our friends house many a time in middle school. His raspy voice was iconic from a young age … my mom always knew if Billy was in the car!!

    For our “infamous” birthday party in middle school, Corie Singleton and I spent hours hanging black drapes in the basement to cover the walls. Our moms came down and said “you know those will be ripped down the second Billy arrives!!.”

    Billy was also frustratingly smart. I’d spend hours studying for a test, and Bill would waltz into class and ace a test so easily. I’d always jealously accuse him of ripping off Amy’s work! Lol.

    Ryan remembers inviting Billy to his Bar Mitzvah… in true form, Bill arrived so late that he got a VIP ride to the party with none other than Ryan’s dad.

    Ryan went to Cornell with Billy, so we’d always see him when I visited. Unsurprisingly, he was still always the life of the party. One night, at Dunbars, Billy walked in in a button down shirt and quickly unbuttoned it to display a Larry Bird jersey he had hidden underneath. Always looked forward to catching up with Bill on my visits.

    I can’t believe it’s been years since we’ve seen him in person. Looking forward to seeing him on the other side — I know he’s looking down on all of the Donovan’s up there. Miss you, Bill!

    Mally Burton & Ryan Collins

    Mally Burton | May 7, 2022 at 9:16 PM
  16. I never met Billy, but I’ve heard about the impact he’s had on so many different people. I’m a freshman at Cornell who also majors in Hotel Administration, plays for Cornell Club Hockey, and is a brother of Chi Psi. Best wishes to his family during this difficult time.

    Max | May 5, 2022 at 4:15 PM
  17. On behalf of all of us at Cornell Club Hockey, we are deeply saddened to hear of Billy’s passing.

    Cornell Club Hockey | May 5, 2022 at 11:10 AM
  18. I was lucky to have Billy in class for both 6th and 7th grade after having had his sister Amy for two years. Billy was also in my homeroom. I laughed out loud when I read in his obituary that he enjoyed a debate. He sure did! Billy was intelligent, personable, had a great sense of humor, and his smile lit up a room. I remember him fondly and he was loved by both his teachers and peers. Even as a 12 and 13 year old, it was clear that he loved his family, and I imagine that he was a funcle (fun uncle) to his nieces and nephews. My heart goes out to all who love Billy. May your memories continue to bring you an unexpected laugh and smile.

    Jen Frawley Spisak

    Jen Spisak | May 4, 2022 at 7:18 PM
  19. Remember seeing Billy play hockey and wanted your family to know that we are heartbroken for you all.

    Jacey Armstrong | May 4, 2022 at 12:51 PM
  20. I met Billy twice – once during Princeton Reunions, when he and his brother stopped to greet Rob. They were laughing and looked like they were having so much fun! You could see how much joy those brothers took in each other. The second time was just a few weeks ago at a Princeton lacrosse tailgate where all the Donovans had gathered. He was working a small grill filled with marinated pork and bragging about how awesome his nieces and nephews were. You could tell how much this gorgeous, generous-spirited young man adored his family. When Katy walked by, he smiled at her like she was the most beautiful princess in the world. She is. You are so loved, Billy. Even by me, almost a stranger, but one who could see your beautiful soul. I’m grateful to have met you. Keep an eye on your mom and whisper in her ear from time to time. Mary Tabor Engel

    Mary Tabor Engel | May 3, 2022 at 9:26 PM
  21. His love and light, sense of humor, and energy will live on in his siblings and his nieces and nephews but his earthly presence will be missed forever. The world was better with Billy in it and we are all better for having known and loved him. His smile is etched in my mind and I pray all of the Donavan’s will find some peace as you move forward in reflecting, honoring, and remembering his life! Our deepest sympathy and so much love to our dearest friends and favorite family!

    Sheila & John Himes | May 3, 2022 at 8:38 AM
  22. Billy Donovan was one of kind. He was like a third son to us. He always pushed our sons to be better hockey players. His laugh was infectuous and he was always a pleasure to be around. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Great One. Bill, Jackie, Mike and his best friend Jonathon

    Bill Murrison | May 2, 2022 at 9:16 PM
  23. Billy you will always be missed, at Donovan gatherings, we will remember your love and hugs, and great
    smile for everyone.
    Knowing yoiu are resting in our Lord’s Arms. A thousands hus and kisses to you everday.
    Love Grandpa Jelly and Grandma Mighty.

    Martha Donovan | May 2, 2022 at 1:36 PM
  24. My deepest condolences on your loss. Billy worked with me for several years and we stayed in touch over the years.
    Billy was kind and smart and his smile was contagious.
    In our last conversation a few weeks ago, he told me how excited he was to live in Chicago near some good friends but that he missed his family.
    I hope you can take comfort in knowing that Billy was a bright light to all who knew him.
    Rest In Peace, Billy.

    Michelle Ayer | May 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM
  25. I had the pleasure to work with Billy a few years ago. He had the ability to brighten a room. He was kind to everyone and always made us laugh! He will certainly be missed by many. He always talked about his family and nieces at work. He was truly a gentleman.

    Kristin | May 1, 2022 at 8:42 PM
  26. I remember Billy as an elementary schooler, although I never had him. He was SO sweet. He always had a smile and was so friendly and would greet me in the morning. Years ago I had been in the ER. Billy had hurt his leg during a game & was being brought in by ambulance to the same ER. He saw me & greeted me. I was very sick & looked in bad shape. On his own, he asked the ER desk if he could give me his spot because they were taking him right back. It was the most thoughtful experience I had ever encountered from a grade schooler. I could never forget that kindness.

    My most deepest condolences to all of the Donovan family for their loss. Billy truly was a blessing to know.

    Rose Piccora

    Rose Piccora | May 1, 2022 at 8:15 PM
  27. Thinking of all of you and hugging you with my heart.

    Hillary Brogan | May 1, 2022 at 8:11 PM
  28. The entire Floyd family is just devastated. Billy was an honorary Floyd as one of Tucker’s best friends. We were lucky enough to have been in Beaver Creek skiing with him a couple of times. He always made us all laugh. He was truly one of a kind. He will be sorely missed. Much love to your entire family.

    Julie Floyd | May 1, 2022 at 5:24 PM
  29. Billy lit up a room, field and rink. His passing leaves a large void in all who knew him. Heartfelt condolences and blessings to the entire Donovan family.
    George, Jane, Conor and Owen Donze

    George Donze | May 1, 2022 at 9:28 AM
  30. I am shocked to hear about Billy. He was a true competitor on the lacrosse field, always giving it 100%. He also had a love and passion for whatever he was doing. He was also in the center of whatever was going on!! Rest In Peace Billy! 🙏🙏

    Bruce Vosburgh | May 1, 2022 at 9:25 AM
  31. Billy left a lasting imprint on everyone he met, with his genuine heart and infectious smile- and was one of Coach Kelly’s favorite. Our prayers are with you all.

    Susan kelly | April 30, 2022 at 11:40 PM
  32. billy r i p

    richard saverioni | April 30, 2022 at 10:44 AM

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