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Thomas L. Donoghue

April 3, 1932 — September 29, 2021

Mr. Thomas L. Donoghue, of Waltham, died at home on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. He was 89.

Tom was born on April 3, 1932 in Cambridge a son of the late John and Mary Ella (Tierney) Donoghue. Raised in Somerville he was a graduate of Cathedral High School and then earned his Bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1963. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Widowed from Dorothy Lorraine McInnes on October 1, 1966 he later met another widow Katherine T. 'Terry' (Donovan) Ditmar. They married on August 10, 1968 in Saint Jude's Church and after forty-nine years of marriage Terry died on October 29, 2017.

Tom worked for the United States Postal Service in the South Boston location as an inspector for over 30 years. Retirement from the postal service led him to a myriad of work positions at Duffy Properties on Waverley Oaks Road, primarily as director of purchasing. From deliveries to managing various projects and organizing its annual golf outing he was a familiar face and well-liked part of its company.

Tom enjoyed the game of golf and the friendships that ensued as a result of his membership at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. He and Terry travelled extensively and loved the theater. He was loyal to his alma mater, Boston College, and religiously followed its sporting teams and was honored by the dedication of a bench at Alumni Stadium. Fond of his Irish heritage, Saint Patrick's Day was a high holiday on his calendar. Music was another of his favorites and he loved singing along to the tune of 'New York, New York.'

In addition to his first wife, Dorothy ,and second wife, Terry, he was predeceased by his brother, Albert Donoghue and his late wife, Dorothy.

He leaves his children, Paul M. Ditmar (Donna) of Palm Bay, Florida and Regina M. Donoghue of Waltham; his grandson, Ryan Ditmar (Blaire); and great grandson, Lucas Ditmar. Tom is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Tom's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, October 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Parish, 147 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02453.
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Calling Hours

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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999 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472

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