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Joel B. Donovan

Loving stepfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend

Joel B. Donovan, 48, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 after a brief illness.

Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 17th, 1973, the son of Mae L. (MacLean) Donovan and the late James E. Donovan, Jr. He received his education in the Lowell school system. Joel was all about family and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with them. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others smile. He also had a passion for cooking and eagerly shared his creations with family.

Besides his mother, Joel is survived by his stepdaughter Summer, the light of his life whom he helped raise from birth; his sister Kendra A. Rivera and her husband Jose; two brothers Michael Donovan and his wife Sharon, James E. Donovan III and his wife Megan, and many nieces and nephews. His involved and loving presence will be missed especially by Nicole, Mikaela, Justin, and Matt. His love will be with us always.

At his request, all services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Dawgs Fight Back, whose mission is to place every dog into a loving and forever home @  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL - MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (5)
  • Becky freeman  - So sorry
    Fly high rest easy you will be sorely missed by all who knew you, god bless
  • Cathie Hovey  - gone too soon
    I am sorry to hear of you passing. Life is sometimes not fair and the good are always taken too soon. My thoughts are with your family and especially your Summer. Watch over her as she grows.
  • Angel M Reyes  - Friends long ago
    In God's hands you travel, rest in peace and my condolences to your family.
  • Mary Ann Henry  - We will miss you.
    We are so saddened to hear of Joel’s passing. He was a wonderful man, great father and super friend. He had exceeded any plan God had for him. To the family and Summer you are always on our mind and our prayers go out to you today and forever. We are always here for you all anytime you need us. We love you ❤️
  • Michael Devou  - Cousin
    You will be missed my friend and buddy and always my cousin! You touched so many and were such a kind soul! So sorry for your loss everyone! Love to you all!!Catch you on the other side cuz!
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