Jimmy and the love of his life, his daughter Kelly
James (Jimmy) Michael Donahue
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 25, 1955
  • Place of birth:
    Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 8, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Mashpee, Massachusetts, United States
Let the memory of Jimmy be with us forever. We will miss him for the rest of our lives.
HYANNIS - To know Jimmy was to love him, and to love him is to remember him always.
We will always remember "Jim Bob" as a loving father who never let his beautiful daughter, Kelly, stray from his heart or mind after losing her one year ago. We will remember a kindhearted, thoughtful, generous man who always made time for the people he loved and who was never more than a phone call away. We will fondly picture a well-liked, fun-loving friend who felt happiest when fishing off of Chapin Beach, who loved the Patriots, and who could often be found having a great time at a Jimmy Buffet concert. We will think of an honest, hard-working "people person," who spent many years as a car salesman on Cape Cod, and who most recently worked as a registered representative at New York Life, a job he was very proud of.
To know Jimmy was to know a wonderful person with a witty sense of humor, an infectious smile, a big heart and a sweet soul. He taught us to laugh more, fish more and give more, and we feel lucky to have had him in our lives. His unwavering love and loyal friendship made him family, and we will always love the person that he was.
We will be holding a celebration of Jimmy's life in the near future, and loved ones will be contacted. If you would like to contribute to this memorial celebration, donations will be gratefully accepted at www.Gofundme.com.
Please visit www.James-Michael-Donahue.forevermissed.com to share condolences and happy memories on Jimmy's memorial page.

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by stephen gallerani on 8th January 2016

"Hi there Jim Bob, another year has passed, but the feeling of loss of you and our Kelly has not lessened. Keep an good eye on her, Papa, Gram, Joey, and the rest of our dearly departed. We miss you. Bye now!"

This tribute was added by Christine Nikas on 1st January 2016

"Hey Jimbob,  The last time I spoke to you was last New Year's Eve.  You were so optimistic that evening.  What the hell happened?  I know what happened, although you took your own life you really died of a broken heart.  Now, our hearts are broken.  We miss you my brother.  We will never forget you and I know you are now with Kelly in peaceful bliss.  I love you Jimmy, Christine"

This tribute was added by cheryl gallerani on 4th May 2015

"Hi Jimmy, I miss you very much.  Your not being here has left quite a void. Why didn't you just call me?   I've always been your soul mate...........your lifelong friend.  I love you and you've left a hole in my heart.  Another one!  The kids are devastated but I know you didn't have the presence of mind to realize that.  I'm so sorry my dear friend.  xoxo  Love always and forever, Cheryl"

This tribute was added by cheryl gallerani on 1st March 2015

"Hi my friend, I'm missing you and our girl today.  It's March 1st.  I hate that the calendar keeps changing the date and yet the day remains the same for me.  I miss you and love you very much.  Your high school sweetheart, Cheryl xoxo"

This tribute was added by Dennis Karukas on 1st March 2015

"Hey Jim ,we miss you calling on the phone, when the door opens we expect to see you there.  still see your smile and hear your voice . Hard to believe your gone.. Love you Cindy and Dennis"

This tribute was added by Edward Hume on 24th February 2015

"I just received the news of your passing ! I'll echo your brother Wayne and say that you have always been Jimmy Jones to me . We met at the first day of school in Sept. 1961 @ the Paine School . We spend the next twelve years playing football , baseball ,and partying in the woods on Friday & Saturday nights . Then you went to Cape Cod Community College & we didn't see much of each other . But all the memories are there & I could go on for hours , But I guess I'll just say Adios Amigo.....R.I.P. & until we meet again , your friend Eddie Hume"

This tribute was added by Ed Storey on 7th February 2015

"Well, Jim, this all seemed like a big mistake until I prayed to you for a Patriots miracle and it happened.  I hope you are finally at peace with your beloved Kelly.  For us left behind, our ship has sprung a big leak, but, sail on, my friend.  You 'cleaned up good' as an usher in my wedding, but I more enjoyed your casual side,  You're probably at a secret fishing spot or a never-ending Jimmy Buffett concert somewhere out there.  I thought of a Buffett song we heard together once that might be appropriate:

Defying Gravity"

I live on a big round ball
I never do dream I may fall
And even one day if I do
Well I'll jump up and smile back at you
I don't even know where we are
They tell me were circling a star
Well I'll take their word, I don't know
But I'm dizzy so it may be so

I'm riding a big round ball
I never do dream I may fall
And even the high must lay low
But when I do fall I will be glad to go
Yes when I do fall I will be glad to go"

This tribute was added by Wayne Simmons on 3rd February 2015

"Dear Brother Jim,I'm finally accepting the fact I won't be talking to you again.There are way to many fond memories good and bad to put here,so I'll post some memories of your life up here at a later date.
I am so sorry I will never see the house you were so proud of,we kept saying next summer.That summer will never come,but I'll forever remember we both making that promise.You will always be my little brother Jim Jones.
              Miss You

          Your brother forever Wayne Simmons"

This tribute was added by Dan Mike on 3rd February 2015

"Hey Jim we won, know your smiling now"

This tribute was added by cheryl gallerani on 30th January 2015

"Hi Jimmy, Just letting you know that I'm still thinking of you and missing you so much!  We're recovering from an historic snow storm and it brings back more memories ............living dangerously and doing "360's" in your firebird and I'd be right there by your side laughing like we didn't have a care in the world.  And we didn't!  Then we grew up and learned differently.  How cruel life's lessons can be.  I don't know how to live without you and Kelly........my first loves.  Fortunately I have Steve, Nik and Jamie to sustain me and I'm so sorry that I never fully considered that you were alone at the end  of every day.  I thought it was enough that we were "family".  Weren't we, Jimmy?   I've always loved you.  xo Cheryl"

This tribute was added by Sarah Persichetti on 26th January 2015

"Uncle Jimmy,

I miss you so much already just knowing you are gone. I have many memories of you taking Kelly and I to the beach when we were little! We used to jump on your water bed and you would get so mad, but always let us do it since we were having so much fun! It had been a while since I had seen you until Kelly's wedding. You were so happy and proud that day! I was happy we got to reconnect. I will also cherish the time we got to spend together at Jamie's graduation party! Lots of laughs that day! You had the brightest smile and biggest laugh. What a shame to lose that. I will always remember you and miss you, Uncle Jimmy! I'll miss getting Christmas cards from you that were simply signed "Love, Jim Bob"! I will always remember you as a happy go lucky kind of guy who made everyone feel special. I'm so sad that you had such a rough year, you didn't deserve it. Now you are at peace and I'm thankful for that. I love you! Love, Your Niece, Sarah"

This tribute was added by Jamie Gallerani on 22nd January 2015

"Hi there, Jim Bob. There's no way I can say all that's in my heart and mind because the feelings of loss are so overwhelming. I can't fully put into words how much I love you, how much I miss you and how greatly you've impacted me. You truly are family to me; you've always been such a big part of my life! I still have the card you gave me for my college graduation which you signed "Love, Uncle Jim Bob." I was so touched when I read that!! It was so fitting, and it showed how much you cared about me, (which I always knew). It's hard to accept that you're gone, but I do take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that you're with Kell, and that you don't have to miss her anymore. I know you two must be together, although I wish you were both here with us. In a perfect world, both of you would be. However, I know now that the world is far from perfect. I'm so sorry your pain was so great and I'm so sorry we couldn't fix it for you. I'll love you always. Until we meet again...

Love,
Jamie"

This tribute was added by stephen gallerani on 19th January 2015

"Hi there! Jim Bob. After all these years of seeing you, enjoying spending time with you, and being a good friend, I can't believe that you are not ever going to be with us again. You were always thought of as family. My children loved having you around. The Nik Gallerani model little league bat you gave for Christmas will always have a cherished space in my heart. We are all devastated by your passing. God bless, and give a kiss to all of our departed loves. Bye now."

This tribute was added by terry molloy on 19th January 2015

"I am at a lost for words my friend. I will never forget you. I hope to see you again."

This tribute was added by Jessalynn Leonard on 19th January 2015

"Jimmy you have left a lasting impression on me forever. From that contagious smile to the laugh that I can still hear in my head. I will always remember the time we shared. From driving out on Chapins beach to having you come to my surprise bday party a couple months ago. You aways brightened every room with your presence. My children loved you and had an amazing time at the fireworks with you last July 4th. Even though some time had passed since we really saw each other before my party I know you kept me close to your heart with that letter you kept that I wrote you over 10 years ago. That really touched me and made me realize how much of a special person you truely were. I hope you are at peace now. I just want you to know I will always have a place in my heart for you.
Love you, Jessalynn, Jordan, and Jaelynn"

This tribute was added by Dan Mike on 19th January 2015

"Jim you were my first friend I met when I got out of the service and You shared all your great friends and beautiful family with me. We had some great and crazy times. I'll never forget your first Striped Bass you caught which was on a live herring, jumping up and down like a little kid on Christmas morning. Tks. for being a bud all these years. Miss Ya."

This tribute was added by Ali Karukas on 19th January 2015

"Hi there," Jimmy. I can still hear your voice in my head and it's hard to believe you are gone. I miss you so much. Thank you for being a part of my life growing up and for being my Dad's best friend. I wish we could talk to you or go to the beach and catch some rays just one more time.

We will miss you always.

"Bye now..."

Love,
Ali, Dennis, & Cindy Karukas"

This tribute was added by Christine Nikas on 19th January 2015

"Dear Jimmy, I am so sorry to be writing on your memorial site because that can only mean one thing, you are gone.  You have been a constant friend and family member in our lives for 45 years.  It just won't be the same without you.  I was 11 years old and you were 14 years old when we met.  I think back to you riding your stingray bike down Otis Street in Brockton the first time we met you.  You and your brother Chuckie were supposedly the "terrors" of the neighborhood.  That's all we needed to hear, we HAD to meet you!  It turned out you weren't a terror at all but a kid with a big heart who grew into a man with a big heart.

We are heartbroken that we have lost you just as you were heartbroken that you lost your sweet daughter Kelly.  It was all too much for you to bear.  It breaks my heart that you are no longer with us but I know you are reunited with Kelly.  I think of you dancing with her in heaven and the joy you must feel.  I know the sparkle in your eye that was missing this past year has finally returned.

We will miss you forever and family gatherings will never be the same without you.  We will never forget you and there will always be a void in our hearts that can never be filled.  I know you have finally found peace and are now with your family who have gone before you.

We love you Jim Bob and someday we will be reunited.  Until then, we will think of you with love and laughter.

Love,

Christine and Peter"

This tribute was added by cheryl gallerani on 18th January 2015

"Hello my longtime friend, Where have you gone?  I miss you Jimmy.  I love you, Cheryl"


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