Michael Chad Donnelly of Newport dies


Tuesday 13 July 2021

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Michael Chad Donnelly, a lifelong resident of the Fifth Division, died peacefully at the Village House convalescent home early Monday morning, July 13, 2021.

Born in Newport on July 29, 1942, he was the seventh of nine children of Humphrey J. Donnelly Jr. and Edna Grace (Winters) Donnelly.

As a child, Chad played at the Newport Country Club, where he occasionally carried the clubs for President John F. Kennedy. Chad worked for the Raytheon Company for many years, managing the reception dock at their Portsmouth, RI facility before retiring from the security department in Waltham, Ma. Chad also worked part-time at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home in Newport for several years.

Chad enjoyed helping all of the local charities by purchasing raffle tickets for every occasion, especially his daily trips to inspect Ocean Drive in Newport.

Chad was a proud member of the Dennis E Collins Division # 1 of Newport’s Ancient Order of Hibernian, which named him Hibernian of the Year. He also enjoyed the privilege of serving as Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2010.

He was also a member of the Middletown Order of the Knights of Columbus and the Newport Order of the Elks.

Chad will always be loved and forever missed by those fortunate enough to know him.

In addition to his parents, Chad died of seven of his eight siblings – Florence Lorraine Lewis, Humphrey J “Harp” Donnelly, III, Donald J. Donnelly, John F. “Jack” Donnelly, Edna Diane Colella, Thomas W. “Fox” Donnelly, and Brian P. Donnelly.

His younger brother Francis W. Donnelly (Shubie Lawrence) from Middletown survives.

The Donnelly family would like to thank everyone who helped care for and support him at Newport Hospital, the Village House Convalescent Home, and the Hope Health of Rhode Island Hospice.

The visiting hours are on Thursday, July 15th in O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Christian funeral will be held at St. Augustin’s Church in Newport on Friday, July 16 at 10:00 am

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Newport Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dennis E Collins Division # 1’s Building and Maintenance Fund, 2 Wellington Ave, Newport, RI 02840.

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