Community Bids Eternal Farewell To Dan Donovan



A service was held on 13 July 2015 at the St George’s Episcopal Anglican church in celebration of the life of the late Edmund Gregory Eric Haig “Dan” Donovan who departed this life on 25 June 2015 at the age of 96.

He was born in 1918 and was the second-to-last child of Daniel B. Donovan and Maude Caroline Maduro Donovan’s nine children. Eric was the lone survivor of that union as his other siblings departed this life before him.

Mr. Donovan, who was known to many as Dan, was married at an early age, and is survived by a daughter Eileen Donovan and a grandson, Allington Dottin.

He lived a long and quiet life, and observed the transformation of a town, of a community, of a way of life. As a sailor he worked for the government for more than 20 years and was the captain of the government launch, the Lady Kate. Back then, he marveled at what he dubbed, “that thing you call a barometer,” that indispensable tool that is equal to the task of predicting today’s weather forecast.

He was bewildered by the erosion of standards of behaviour of the children and youth of today, whom he felt lacked manners and respect, but would hasten to point out that the parents were also at fault.

The late Edmund Gregory Eric Haig “Dan” Donovan is survived by his:– Daugher-Eileen Donovan; Grandchild—Allington Dottin; Nieces—Yvonne McKetney, Idris Hover, Lydia Benjamin, Peta Harrigan-Cole, Leola Todman, Rita Edwards, Eunice Heyliger, and Adina Whitrod; Nephews—N. Elton Harrigan, Philip Harrigan, and David Todman; plus many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

The Island Sun publishers, management and staff extend heartfelt condolences to the breaved.