A good man has departed us. On January 5th. 2019. Richard Braudis Donovan, at age 92, surrounded by his devoted wife and loving family, died peacefully in his home in Pocasset, MA. “Dick Donovan” as he was affectionately known to friends and colleagues, was a gregarious and caring individual who embraced life through family, friendships, professional excellence, discreet acts of generosity, and delightful humor. Throughout his long journey, he touched many lives, and for those of us remaining, he will be sincerely missed.
Dick was born to Joseph and Mary (Braudis) Donovan on Oct 19. 1926 in Medford, MA. He had one sister, the late Teresa Meuse. At seventeen, Dick quit Medford High School to enlist in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Nueces during World War 2. In 1946, he returned to high school where he met his future wife, Muriel Jacobson. He attended Boston University and went on to receive his Doctorate of Law degree at B. U. School of Law. Upon graduation, he joined the Boston law firm of Marvin, Calvin, Carr and Keating.
In 1956, Dick moved his young family to the town of Bedford and began a private practice in Concord., MA. Dick always demonstrated a generous commitment to civic affairs. Having previously served on Medford’s School Committee and as a delegate to the Democratic convention. He quickly agreed to serve on his new hometown’s Finance Committee. His professional work ethic and his collegial manner led to his appointment as Bedford Town Council in 1966. The street “Donovan Drive” is named in Dick’s honor for his 23 years of exemplary service as the town’s attorney, the last two years of which, he served as Town Manager. Dick also served as President of the Central Middlesex County Bar Association and as President of the Bedford Lions Club.
In college Dick was a competitive swim champion and Captain of the BU. Swim Team. His love of swimming and his awareness of the importance of athletic opportunities for youth and families inspired him to co-found and become the first president of the Wedgewood Swim and Tennis Club in Bedford. Nearly sixty years later, the Wedgewood Club continues to create joyful summers and many fond memories for Bedford residents.
Upon retirement Dick and Muriel, lived in Cataumet, MA where they enjoyed sailing on their boat, the “Desiderata”. They moved to Naples, Florida, but returned to the Cape in 2004 to live close to family. Though his scuba diving days were long over, Dick continued to enjoy reading, travel, chess, country music, politics, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and telling jokes.
Dick was a proud and loving husband to Muriel for 67 years and found much joy in his large, beloved family: son Richard and his wife Teresa, son Robert and his wife Cyndi, daughter Mary Ann, daughter Patricia and her husband Jim, and daughter Elizabeth, his grandchildren, David, Michael, Sierra, Skye, Carrie and her husband Christian, Patrick, Sean, James, Nicole and her husband Mark, Tatum and her husband Dennis, Matthew and Rachel and his great-grandchildren, Eppie, Caleb, Monique and Mark.
A Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Pocasset, MA on Saturday, January 19th at 10 A.M. followed by a gathering of friends and family in the Parish Center.