Francis A. Donahue Jr.


Francis A. Donahue, Jr., of Western Cranston, passed on March 30, 2021 with his loving wife and daughter by his side. Frank was the beloved husband of Betty Ann (Catallozzi) Donahue, and devoted father of Holly Donahue of London, England. Born in Providence, Frank was the son of the late Francis A., Sr., and Veronica (McIntyre) Donahue. He was a graduate of Providence College and received a graduate degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Frank enjoyed a dedicated career in healthcare management at the Rhode Island Department of Health in several management positions. Upon leaving government service, he continued his career as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Rhode Island Pharmacists Association, The Trudeau Center Early Intervention Program, Kids First Program, Rhode Island Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) Program, the Rhode Island Psychological Association, and the Rhode Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Frank taught at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, the Health Policy and Management Program at Providence College, and the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Roger Williams University. Many will remember Frank as a mentor who provided guidance and encouragement to both students and colleagues.

Having volunteered for several organizations and boards, including the New England chapter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Frank was a true advocate for volunteer and public service. He held a deep Catholic faith throughout his life.

Frank was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his loving brothers, Joseph Donahue and his wife Carol of South Carolina, and John Donahue of North Kingstown. Frank will be deeply missed by Betty Ann's sisters and their husbands, Barbara and Aldo Testa of Western Cranston, and Susan and Steven Dolan of Portsmouth, each of whom was as dear a friend as relative.

Friends and relatives are invited, socially distanced, to his visitation in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston from 9:00 to 10:00am on Monday April 5th, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in Holy Apostles Church 800 Pippin Orchard Road Cranston at 11:00am. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Little Sisters of the Poor 964 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860.


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April 5, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Butterfield Chapel
500 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Funeral Mass
April 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Holy Apostles Catholic Church
800 Pippen Orchard Road
Cranston, RI 02921

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