Paul Donnelly Jr. Obituary

October 1, 2013

in News,Obituaries,Reading

READING — A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic’s Church in Oyster Bay, N.Y. at a later date for Paul J. Donnelly Jr., 99, formerly of Oyster Bay, N.Y., who died Sept. 24 at his home surrounded by family and friends. Local services were held Sept. 29 next to Kennedy’s Pond behind the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor.
He was born Feb. 26, 1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Paul and Mary (Grant) Donnelly.
He grew up in Brooklyn and graduated form the local schools. Paul went on to complete his undergraduate work at St. Johns University in New York City and obtain his JD from St. John University School of Law in Queens, N.Y.
He was married to Marian Kinsley in February of 1943.
Paul served his country during WWII as an officer in the U.S. Army and continued to serve in the reserves retiring as a Lt. Col. He served as council to the Pennsylvania Railroad and also kept a private practice. He later went to work with the Long Island Railroad where he served as Vice President and General Council. Over the years, Paul and his family would summer in their home in Reading and in 2007 they made it their permanent home.
Paul was a devout Catholic and was Commentator at St. Dominic’s Church in Oyster Bay, former President of the Emerald Society, and a world-class tennis player who played in the U.S. Open while it was in Forrest Hills. He was well known by all at the Woodstock Fitness Center where he would regularly swim. He enjoyed bettering his knowledge of the Railroad and sharing it.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Donnelly; three sons, Paul Donnelly of New Fairfield, Conn., James Donnelly of Reading and Palm Beach, Fla., and Peter Donnelly of London, England; a daughter, Mary Beth Hutchinson of Beaver Dam, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, John Donnelly; and three sisters, Miriam Sullivan, Cathy Peters and Anne Reilly.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Emerald Society of Long Island, c/o JP Delaney Esq., O’Dwyer and Bernstein, LLP, 52 Duane Street, Paul O’Dwyer Way, 5th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007.
Condolences may be expressed to Paul’s family in an online guestbook at
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