On February 3rd, 2016, my father, William Michael Donovan, passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 62 years old. We held a memorial service today, Saturday February 6th, 2016, at the Liberty Bell Church in Allentown Pennsylvania, with Pastor Bob Stevens presiding. My brother and I kept the service simple, and easy, just the way he would have liked it. We celebrated the wonderful man he was, with great family and friends, followed by a gathering at the Allentown Brew Works to raise a glass to Michael Donovan.
Treasured family friends spoke or read today, so thank you to Bill Hoffman, Carol Pulham, Bob Stevens, Ce-Ce Gerlach, Mark Smith, Don Ringer, and Joyce Marin for lending their voices to our celebration of Dad.
I wish I had more to say, but it's just been a long week. I'm sure there will be more in the coming days and months.
At the request of many, I'm going to give record of the service we held. Below you will find each of the readings that were read, as well as the full text of my words I spoke in honor of my father.
Thank you to everyone who has been here for me in the last week. Your support has meant the world.
Morning Call Article about Dad's Passing
Dad's Obituary - Funeral Home
Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith
Dad's Obituary - The Morning Call
Audio of Speakers from Dad's Service
In remembrance of William Michael Donovan
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