TOPSHAM — Norman E. Donovan, 79, died March 5 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
On Jan. 3, 1932, he was born in Milltown, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Gratton Henry and Agnes McIntee Donovan.
The family moved to the United States when he was four years old and he attended Brunswick schools.
During the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Army in Korea as a track vehicle recovery repairman from 1952 to 1955.
In 1957 he married Anne B. Haskell.
After he was discharged from the U.S. Army, he worked at the Brunswick Naval Air Station for 27 years as a crash firefighter.
Upon retiring from civil service, he spent the next 10 years working at the Topsham landfill as a bulldozer operator.
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating, mining for gemstones, scuba diving and was a charter member of the Brunswick Sea Lions.
He was predeceased by a son, Matthew Donovan.
He is survived by his wife Anne Donovan of Topsham; three sons, Hank Donovan of Bowdoin, Rick Donovan of Topsham and Jeff Donovan and his wife Renee of Brunswick, and one daughter, Kelley Donovan of Boston, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held for the family.
Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.