Vincent Eugene Donovan, WBOC retiree

September 21, 2021

Vincent Eugene Donovan, 85, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Tidal Health Regional in Salisbury, Md, due to complications from surgery. Born in Milton Nov. 18, 1935, he was the son of the late William E. and Annie Cross Donovan.  His wife of 62 years, Joana Stuchlik Donovan, preceded him in death Oct. 4, 2020.  

Vince was a man of many talents. He enjoyed hunting and skeet shooting, and fixing all things.  He trained in electrical and communication skills at the National Guard at Fort Sill, Okla., where he was also considered a sharpshooter. Vince and Joana enjoyed designing, building and decorating houses from the ground up, resulting in three beautiful homes over the years.  He was instrumental in renovating the Milton Historical Society Museum, which was the church where he and Joana were married in 1957.  He also enjoyed working on the old Donovan family farm in Georgetown, tinkering on many old tractors.  Vince and his grandchildren would race ATVs and target shoot “up on the farm.” 

Vince started his career with WBOC-TV as an engineer in 1964.  He worked his way through many different responsibilities at the station and stayed on when it became part of Draper Communications.  He designed, built, and managed KGBT-TV in Brownsville, Texas (1986-94) and was also involved with KOAM-TV in Kansas.  Vince retired from Draper in 1995 as vice president of engineering and operations.

Vince was a loving husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.  He will be missed by his daughter Lisa Donovan (Tony) of Georgia, son Brian Donovan (Ginger) of Delmar, granddaughter Jennifer Donovan (Allen), grandson Matthew Donovan (Megan) of Salisbury, Md.  He is also survived by his brother Ernest Donovan and sister Virginia Hollingsworth, and preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister Catherine Sherman.  

As per his wishes, the family will hold a life celebration at a later date.  


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