Michael E. O’Donovan, 63: Enjoyed vast circle of friends, close ties with family

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PORTLAND — Michael E. O’Donovan, 63, of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Portland, died unexpectedly Aug. 28 at his home.

Born on Dec. 12, 1947, in Portland, he was a son of E. Marie (Hansen) O’Donovan and Timothy J. O’Donovan Sr., who predeceased him. 

After graduating from Portland High School in 1966 he entered the U.S. Coast Guard. Subsequently, he joined the U.S. Postal Service. He retired early after 31 years of service and enjoyed a wonderful retirement, with a rich and active social life, in North Fort Myers, Fla.

He lived in Falmouth most of his adult life. He was most happy on the waters of Casco Bay and shared his love of the water with many friends from Maine to Florida.

With a vast social circle, he was deeply invested and devoted to friends and cherished his family.  

Everyone knew him fondly as “Uncle Mike.” He was larger than life to his much-loved nieces and nephews. Many times they sought him out for his wisdom, guidance and for the joy of simply being with him.  

He was predeceased by his brother, Peter E., and by his brother, Timothy J., who died on July 22.  

Surviving are his sister, Marie “Ree Ree”, brother-in-law, Ed Manganello, of Falmouth, their children, Ed Manganello, his wife, Betsy, and son, Sam, of Falmouth; Carla Manganello, her husband, Jeffrey Allen, and their sons, Sean and Max, of Cumberland; Nicola Manganello, and her daughter, Maeve Oliver, of Falmouth; sister-in-law, Charlotte (Hurley) O’Donovan, of Falmouth, and her children, Timothy P. O’Donovan, his wife, Wendi-Sue, and their sons, Ryan and Michael, of Falmouth; Dennis O’Donovan, his wife, Anne, and their daughters, Meghan and Erin, of Cumberland; Kevin O’Donovan, his wife, Rita, and their children, Casey and Isabella, of Cape Elizabeth; Maureen (O’Donovan) Barr, her husband, Greg, and their daughters, Abby and Mayle, of Naperville, Ill.; his brother Peter’s daughter, Kelly (O’Donovan) Allen, and her children Heath and Brittney, of East Waterboro; and son, Peter O’Donovan, his wife, Lisa, and son, Tyler, of Lebanon; and many godchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth on Friday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

A celebration of his life will be held at the home of Ed and Ree Ree Manganello following the funeral Mass, from noon to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.

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