Jeffrey William Donahue of Stamford, CT died on September 21, 2013 surrounded by family in his home in Stamford after a long battle with melanoma. He was 63 years old. Jeffrey is survived by his beloved wife Eileen Tully Donahue, daughters Kerry Donahue Shepski, Kelly Donahue, and son-in-law Scott Shepski. He was one of twelve children, and is survived by siblings Denny, Jack, Gingi Donohue, Donny, Timothy, Patrick, Christopher, David, Anne Geary and Mary Grella. He is also predeceased by his parents Alphonsus & Virginia Donahue, and his oldest brother Alphonsus III.
Born in the Shippan neighborhood of Stamford, CT on July 28, 1950, Jeffrey was a graduate of The King School, attended John Carroll University, and graduated from Emerson University in 1974. In 1976, Jeffrey and his brother Timothy moved to Florida to open the first of a chain of Ben Franklin stores. It was in Gibsonton, Florida where he met his future wife, Eileen. The two married in 1978 and over the next 35 years of happy marriage lived across Florida, Pennsylvania and Georgia, before eventually settling back in Connecticut.
Jeffrey was a dedicated and successful businessman, working primarily in the field of telecommunications at companies Dial Page, Adelphia, Telcove, Atlantic Partners and UCT Coatings. Though he loved his work, Jeffrey was quick to admit he was happiest singing, sailing, or being with his family. In Tampa, he was a member of the barbershop chorus The Heralds of Harmony and he later formed the acapella ensemble Middle of Nowhere in Coudersport.
Jeffrey's life will be celebrated at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home 2900 Summer Street Stamford on Thursday, September 26 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 27 at 10:00am at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation (melanoma.org
). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.leopgallagherstamford.com