OSWEGO — Daniel (Danny) Lawrence Donahue, 72, of Oswego, New York, passed away on Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 2019 at Upstate Medical Center after a brief illness.
Danny was born Dec. 12, 1946 in Oswego and attended Oswego High School, where he was a well-known local athlete. He represented the Oswego Buccaneers as varsity baseball right-handed twirler and as a varsity footballer. He was also an avid bowler and billiards player.
Danny voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. During his tour of duty, he received a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Rifle Expert Badge, and ultimately achieved rank as Corporal Marine.
Danny was active in the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States, Political Action Committee (PAC) and received formal recognition for his active support and fight to preserve the rights of America’s veterans.
For 40 years, Danny was an active member of AA which is a fellowship of extraordinary men and women who share their experience, strength and hope in that they may help others achieve sobriety; a lifelong journey.
Danny resided in North Dakota for more than 35 years and returned to Oswego in 2016 where he enjoyed gathering with his morning coffee club, fishing on the banks of Lake Ontario, a little poker, and his beloved family.
Danny is survived by his children, Dawn (Bill) Fernandez, Todd (Jane) Donahue, David Donahue, and Shenandoah Ellis-Ulmer (Michael Ulmer); grandchildren Alexander Fernandez, Brianna Fernandez, Abigail Donahue, Danny Donahue, Joseph Ulmer, Jackson Ellis-Ulmer, Hunter Smith, Speros Ellis-Ulmer; Gus Ellis-Ulmer; great-grandchild Alia Perez; Siblings Susan (Jerry) Altimonda, Kathleen Spilman and Laurie Donahue; former wives Sharon Smith of Oswego, and Deborah (Kitto) Heminger of South Dakota; and several nieces and nephews.
Danny was predeceased by his parents Doris (Maloney) and Russell Donahue, and his older brother David Donahue.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” (Serenity prayer).
Calling hours will be private for immediate family.
There will be a military service for Danny on Friday at Brietbeck Park near the heart and rock stairs overseeing Lake Ontario as this was his favorite place to read the paper, have coffee and reflect. The military service will begin at 1 p.m. All who knew Danny and his family are welcome.
Contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.