Veronica Donovan April 23, 1933 - June 7, 2021

Veronica Donovan, of Milton, formerly of Co. Galway and Dorchester, June 7, 2021.

Beloved wife of the late Matthew Donovan. Loving mother of the late John P. Donovan and Kathleen M. Donovan. Devoted grandmother of Kayla M. Donovan. Veronica is survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, friends and Lilly Rose, her granddog. Veronica and her late husband Matt were the proprietors of the former Donovan’s Village Tavern, Dorchester Lower Mills.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Friday June 11 at 11:30 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Thursday 4-8 PM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Veronica’s memory may be made to Saint Gregory Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124.

Visiting Hours
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 4:00-8:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home
1140 Washington Street
Dorchester Lower Mills, MA 02124

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, June 11, 2021
11:30 AM
Saint Gregory Church
2215 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02124

Friday, June 11, 2021
12:45 PM
Milton Cemetery
Centre Street
Milton, Massachusetts 02186


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    Maggie Howells says

    I feel blessed that I was able to call this wonderful lady “My Aunty Veronica”
    The times spent with her were memorable. She inspired us all with her zest for life and her generous heart. I am crying as I write this because I cannot put into words what she meant to me and my family. To know her was to love her. Rest In Peace Veronica. x

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    Tadhg, Jen, Tadhg óg, Lucy & Emma O Donovan says

    Kayla and the extended Donovan family, our sincere condolences. Sorry we can’t be there with you all.
    Veronica was such a great lady, many a great night I stayed in Canton Ave with her and uncle Matt. She will be missed greatly by all who loved her. May Veronica rest in peace.

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    Kathleen Hourihan says

    My deepest condolences to the entire Donovan family. Veronica was never without the most sincere, generous, welcoming, kind smile and offer of friendship. God bless all her many good works and care throughout her life. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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    Bernadette Murray says

    Dear Kayla, family and friends of our Aunt and Great Aunt Veronica thinking of you all at this time and sharing your sadness.
    Veronica was the most joyous person we know and her nephew Eddie will miss chatting on the phone with her and sending her news in his letters. We visited nearly 15 years ago for my 50th with our children and have stayed with Veronica twice since then. She made us so very welcome! She proudly showed us all the places she loved, the Church, the resting place of her beloved family, the eating places , their ‘old’ tavern and the ‘new’ place and of course the gaming houses! (ha ha) She was so full of life and loved to laugh and have fun! We will never forget her and may she rest in peace now, knowing that so many will miss her and she will always be remembered with love and laughter!
    Bernie, Eddie, Sean, Kate & Jessie Murray

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    Mick White says

    Life was always made better being in the company of my wonderful aunt Veronica. She was a remarkable woman who I fell privileged to have know for the whole of my life.

    I speak only in broad generalisations in these few words, recalling the big picture of Veronica. The detailed stories are for reminiscing around a table with a libation to help paint the picture of this colourful character.

    She was a remarkable recounter of her life and the family; she could recall the name, date, time, place of everything in her life. If we need a story, or a fact, about the line of our family then Veronica was the person to talk to. A story would unfold; with wit and wisdom and humour.

    We would spend time together in Ireland, Boston and England, and wherever that meeting, the welcome and the greeting was always the same. There was love and warmth and a joy of life. A bigger heart never beat in better person. The years past and we all grow old but Veronica kept that love of life, that playful demeaner and that youthful spirit.

    She has achieved much in her life and all with great humility, she made much of the success of others and made light of her own. She had encountered great sadness with the loss of her children but would delight in speaking about them. Reminding me of the joy that having them brought her.

    I will miss my meetings and reminisces with Veronica, she has left me with a head full of memories and a heart full of joy. We will not meet the likes of her again, my world will always be richer for having had an Aunty Veronica, the world is a little emptier with her passing.

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    Christina keith williams says

    Aunty Veronica, this world will be sadder place without you, but thank you for your stories your laughter and most of all your love you are an inspiration to us all what you have been through and still able to smile and laugh, you will definitely sparkle in heaven enjoy your rest now well deserved you leave us heartbroken but glad we had you for us as long as we did, love you always big hugs Chris & keith kerri mike jack jamie and joe xx

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    Christina Williams says

    Aunty Veronica, thank you for all the stories the laughter , love and your strength, you are my inspiration we will miss you but you deserve your time to rest, this world will be a sadder place without you, love and hugs always Chris keith kerri mike jack Jamie joe xx

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    Patty Keating-Cullen says

    Dear Kayla I am so sorry for your loss! Veronica and all the Donovan’s hold a special place in my heart! In a recent visit with Veronica she told me you and she were best friends. Thinking of you!
    RIP sweet Veronica 💕 I will miss your beautiful smile, your stories and laughter! Hugs to Kathleen, John & Matt😇😘

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    Annemarie & Michael Reaney & Family says

    May she Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences

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    Jean Kenny O’Connor Dublin, Ireland says

    Veronica was my Grandmother’s (Anna King Kenny) cousin and I remember her coming to stay with us in Galway over the years. May she rest in peace reunited with her Family that went before her. I will light a candle and say a special prayer for her in the Church in Ballyconneely, Connemara the next time that I am down there. ‘Ar dheis De go raibh a h’anam’

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    Gerda, Aine & Kate says

    Our sincere sympathy to Kayla and the extended Donovan family. Veronica was such a lovely, sincere, generous, welcoming lady, a truly amazing person with a great smile, who touched so many lives, it was a pleasure to have known her. May Veronica Rest in Peace.

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    John & Sue Murray says

    We send love and sympathy to you Kayla and to the wider family at this very sad time.
    Auntie Veronica was a wonderful lady , kind, welcoming and full of fun. John often
    talks of summers spent in Galway with all his aunts and cousins.
    In more recent years we have great memories of staying with her in Milton.
    Always a warm welcome and fun to be shared. John and his auntie Veronica, one trying to hammer a tune out on an old keyboard the other singing away. What a noise , neither could sing or play. Auntie Veronica had a spark, a love of life, it touched everyone and made us feel brighter. We will miss her, we will talk about her with love and keep all our lovely memories of her in our hearts.
    John , Sue, Sian, Gemma, Riza, Ayda, Ela and Fia

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    James Harrison says

    My condolences to her beloved Kayla and family. Mrs. Donovan would bring joy and a smile through the doorway of our office each time she would visit. I looked forward to chatting with her and will never forget when I won airfare to Ireland from the raffle she sold me how happy she was for me.

    My condolences to her family and

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