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Richard Donohue

Richard A. "Jeremiah" Donohue

Thursday, November 14th, 1957 - Saturday, March 7th, 2020
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Richard A. ‘Jeremiah’ Donohue, 62, of Auburn, died peacefully on Saturday March 7, 2020 in the comfort of his own home.

Born in Hackensack, NJ and raised in Auburn, Jeremiah was one of two sons born to the late James J. and Lillian (Ledingham) Donohue. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1975 and, in 1984, began attending Motorcycle Mechanics Institution in Florida, where he finished first in his class. Jeremiah had worked for R & M Leasing Corporation in Oxford for over fifteen years, prior to his career at Dana Transport Inc. in Oxford - where he had been employed for over ten years.

He is survived by his two loving children, Jacob A. Donohue and Anna N. Donohue, both of Auburn; his friend and former wife, Laurie A. (Meagher) Leckfor of Hampton, NH; his nephew, Jamie Donohue of Spencer; and his sister-in-law, Joyce Lovely of Auburn. In addition to his parents, Jeremiah was predeceased by his brother, Neal J. Donohue.

His passions included cherishing his time with his children, Jake and Anna, listening to folk and blues music, and trying his best to play what he heard on his guitar or banjo; alongside riding his Harley-Davidson with friends, doing jig-saw puzzles and playing chess, watching Jeremiah Johnson, and reading his Bible with a fresh-brewed coffee or a cigar.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Donohue family between 5:00 and 8:00 PM on Friday March 13, 2020 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA. Jeremiah’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday March 14, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North, Auburn, MA. Burial will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association via www.heart.org/donate or by mail: P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Saint Joseph's Church of Auburn
    189 Oxford Street North
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Rev. Paul Bomba
  • Interment

    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Burial will be held privately at a later date.

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Tracy Murphy

Posted at 06:40pm
Richard, Rich, Richie, Buck, Jeremiah
You went by many names and we loved them all. I want to say thanks for the many years of fun, friendship and positive memories. We grew up together from grade school and on, during this time our friendship has only grown deeper. Exploring the world together, the love of outdoors and travel were bonds that kept us going. From our first motorcycle trip together in 1977 to the motorcycle trip of a lifetime we shared last year. We traveled Maine, Canada-New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and the world famous Cabot Trail. These are memories I will have for a lifetime. I hear there are great roads in heaven for you to explore. I will miss you terribly and think of you often. Thanks for the amazing friendship.

Tracy and Nancy Murphy

Scott & Nancy Bigelow

Posted at 11:08am
Please know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this time. Jeremiah could turn a wrench as well as the throttle to keep many knees in the breeze as he did for myself more than once up in Laconia. May his smile continue to shine on. Goodbye my Brother.

Elizabeth Ducharme

Posted at 10:07am
One of the loveliest people I have ever known. Your smile said it all, Jeremiah. Peace to his children, may they carry forward all that their Dad taught them.

Eileen Canty

Posted at 04:12pm
Gonna miss how ya called me Winkie (just like my mom did)
teaching Sean how to play chess💜
shoveling with Kevin ( a lil ‘nip’py at times!)
The sound your Harley n that smile in your eyes
The way you always showed up for Jake n Anna
purest Love the Jerimiah way!
You will be missed
Jake , Anna n all who knew n loved this gentle Irish soul ~we send our most heartfelt condolences n prayers
May you Rest In Peace safely ~ surely in the arms of our Lord🙏💜☘️
Winkie,Kevin n all of the clan Mondino

Dorothy Crothers Flynn

Posted at 03:39pm
my prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time with the passing of my cousin.

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