Donald Donnelly, 81

Veteran, steel fabricator

October 22, 2006

Donald Robert Donnelly, a decorated veteran and longtime steel fabricator, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 81.

Mr. Donnelly was born in Baltimore and attended Polytechnic Institute.

He enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 and served as a radioman third class from 1943 to 1946. He served in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Pacific during World War II aboard the troopships SS John Sergeant and Clove Hitch.

Mr. Donnelly was award the Bronze Star and combat ribbon for his service during the invasion of southern France.

He worked for C.M. Kemp Manufacturing Co. in Glen Burnie for 38 years, performing steel fitting and layout. He was a devoted follower of the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens, and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the Brewers and Milk Shakers Club.

Services for Mr. Donnelly will be held between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Donnelly is survived by three sons, Michael Donnelly of Hudson, Ohio, Jeffrey Donnelly of Cockeysville, and Patrick Donnelly of Finksburg; two daughters, Gail Colohan of Towson and Donna Floyd of Greensboro, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren. His wife of 53 years, Patricia Gallion Donnelly, died in 1999.

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