Published in the February 3, 2017 edition

Paul-Donahue-obit-webFALMOUTH — Paul W. Donahue, 74, of Falmouth, formerly of Melrose, died at his home on Jan. 29, 2017.

Paul was born and raised in Taunton and was a graduate of the Coyle Cassidy High School, Class of 1960. Paul went on to earn both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Northeastern University. He resided in Melrose for over 30 years and the past 10 years in Falmouth. He worked as an engineer for General Electric in Lynn for 40 years before his retirement in 2005.

Paul’s grandchildren were the most important part of his life and he didn’t miss a game or event that they were a part of. He also loved to share time together with his family on Cape Cod and enjoyed playing golf with his brothers. Paul spent his summers in Falmouth for many years, loved to travel with his wife all over the world and would take his annual trip to see his brother in Hawaii.

He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley T. (Buczak) Donahue for over 40 years. He was the devoted father of Steven Donahue and his wife Erika of Colorado; Jeffrey Donahue and his wife Bonnie; and Mark Donahue and his wife Christine, all of Melrose. He was the cherished grandfather of Kari, Ryan, Jay, Shelley, Quinn and Lucas. He was the caring brother of Richard Donahue and his wife Kathleen of Falmouth; Brian Donahue and his wife Linda of Hawaii; and the late Howard Donahue. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Feb. 2. Paul’s funeral will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Herbert St. Melrose, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will take place at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or To sign an online condolence, visit