Obituary for William Joseph Donnelly II
William Joseph Donnelly, II of Harvard, MA, formerly of Longmeadow, MA and Greenwich, CT, died on September 7, 2017. He was the son of William J. and Edna Lincoln Donnelly. Bill is survived by his wife Joanne Carr Donnelly; daughter Maryellen Donnelly of Seattle, WA; and son William J., III, his wife Alison and grandchildren Emily and Shep Donnelly of Lincoln, MA. Bill was predeceased by granddaughter Devin Cabbage. He also leaves his sister Nancy and her husband Howard Bliss of Brunswick, ME.
Bill was born in Princeton, NJ and raised in Greenwich, CT. He graduated from Greenwich Country Day School, The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy), Northwestern University, and Yale School of Public Health. Bill entered the U.S. Navy in January, 1966 and received an Honorable Discharge in July, 1971. He served as an Air Intelligence Officer, including assignment to the USS Saratoga.
Bill had a long career as a hospital administrator, primarily at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA, and then as a national corporate health care consultant. In his later years, Bill worked in real estate in the Harvard area.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Theresa, the Little Flower Church, Holy Trinity Parish, 17 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. Prior to the service, at 10:30 am, the family will receive friends and relatives at the church. Interment will be private.
In honor of Bill's years of living with Parkinson's Disease and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Movement and Disorders Clinic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Bill was a good and gentle man who always put the needs of others before his own and never complained about life's difficulties. He loved his family and was dearly loved in return. The family extends its deep gratitude to the many individuals who contributed to the quality of Bill's life and who eased his passage at the time of death, particularly his physicians of many years: Drs. Jonathan Blumberg, Michael Ronthal, Ludy Shih, and Donald Stern.