Timothy J. O’Donovan Jr., 75: Lifelong boater, Boy Scout leader

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PORTLAND — Timothy J. O’Donovan Jr., died July 22 at Maine Medical Center.

Born in Lynn, Mass., on Feb, 21, 1936, a son of E. Marie (Hansen) O’Donovan and Timothy J. O’Donovan Sr., he was raised and educated in Portland.

He attended Cheverus High School, where he forged many lifelong friendships. After he graduated from Cheverus in 1955 he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

On May 21, 1960, he married Charlotte Hurley at St. Joseph’s Church in Portland and they raised their family in Falmouth. After his retirement in 1998 they moved to Cape Coral, Fla., and returned to Falmouth in the summer. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010.

His career allowed him to work with two of his closest friends, first with Charlie MacDermott at MAC Finance and later with John Nissen at Nissen Baking Company.

A lifelong boater, his pride and joy was a 35-foot wooden powerboat built by Vinnie Cavanaugh, named the “Banba,” which he owned for 26 years. He and Charlotte annually cruised the coast of Maine and spent countless days on Casco Bay with their family and friends. After selling the Banba in 1997, he bought a fiberglass boat and continued to spend summer days on Casco Bay.  The switch to fiberglass did not sit well with him at first. While he did eventually warm to the new boat’s lower maintenance, he never lost his admiration for a well-cared for wooden boat.

He was a proud member of the Merchant’s Wharf Organ, Chowder and Marching Society, the Elks Club, Portland Yacht Club, and was a Boy Scout leader and coach.

His parents and his brother, Peter O’Donovan, predeceased him.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; his four children, Timothy P. O’Donovan and his wife, Wendi-Sue of Falmouth, Dennis J. O’Donovan and his wife, Anne of Cumberland, Kevin T. O’Donovan and his wife, Rita of Cape Elizabeth, Maureen J. Barr and her husband, Greg of Naperville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Meghan, Erin, Casey and Isabella O’Donovan, and Abby and Mayle Barr; his sister, Marie Manganello and brother-in-law, Edward Manganello; his brother, Michael O’Donovan; and many nieces and nephews.  

A wake will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at  Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.

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