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William J. Donlon

July 2, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

William J. Donlon, born April 22, 1924, in Colorado Springs, died June27, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Jay, Greg and DruAnn.

He was precededin death by his beloved wife, Jo, and daughter, Michele.

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William J. Donlon

He graduated from St. Mary's High School, class of 1941, and thereafter he enrolled in Colorado College, but college was cut short with the outbreak of World War II. Naturally, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp, served with the 8th Airborne, 34th Bomb Group (H) as a radar operator. He was stationed in England and flew on B-17 bomers. He flew numerous bombing missions over Gernay and even flew support missions on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. The end of World War II allowed him to resume classes at Colorado College where he met the love of his life, Jo Janssen. In 1947, he entered Denver University Law School and also married Jo. 1949 saw him graduate from law school, pass the Colorado bar exam and enter private practice. In. 1950 he accepted employment in the legal department of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline, Steamship Clerks (a labor union which at one time had over 350,000 members) and for the next 35 years he aplied his legal skills, including appearing in most federal courts, serving as expert witness in front of numerous legislative committees. In 1963 he was appointed as genearl counsel and retained that position until retirement. In 1984, he retired and moved to Florida where he and Jo buit a retirement home on the 9th green of Alden Pines Golf Course on Pine Island, purchased a boat and for the next 25 years he and Jo played golf, went fishing and explored the various islands in and around Pine Island.

Also, they welcomed visits from family and friends - the hosue was always open for visits. He always enjoyed playing golf or taking people boating or fishing. He just enjoyed retirement life. Besides being extremely busy with work, he always made time for family - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, church, school activities, camping adventures, supper trips - he was always there.

A funeral mass will be held July 8 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, 12175 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia.

 
 

 

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