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William J. Donovan, 77, a retired employee of Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp., died Saturday (Dec. 18, 1999) in his home after apparently suffering a heart attack.

Donovan was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Trott Vocational High School.

He was a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He served at Great Lakes (Ill.) Naval Training Center, Mare Island in California and aboard the USS Chicago and the USS North Carolina.

Donovan was a master mechanic at the former Linde plant in Niagara Falls for 38 years, retiring in 1979.

He moved to Lewiston in 1952 and was a parishioner of St. Peter's Catholic Church. He was an exempt member of Lewiston Fire Company No. 1.

Donovan enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing. His family said he was known for his great sense of humor and his way with words.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Ruth Mack; a son, John "Jack" of Youngstown; three daughters, Monica A. Mamon, Rita A. Halliday and Sandra R. Rykiel; three brothers, Michael of Niagara Falls, Robert and Lawrence; a sister, Eileen Wasnock of Rochester; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Peter's Church, 600 Center St., after prayers at 9:30 in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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