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All aspects relating to the funeral are handled by our family so you and your family will have peace of mind during a difficult time.
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I've never faced true tragedy in my life, until the call came from my mom telling me my brother and his wife were killed in an instant. They were out for early evening ride on his motorcycle when a woman fell asleep at the wheel, blew threw a stop sign of an intersection, and hit them head on. Your life changes forever. However, it's not about me. It's about my niece and nephew who just lost both parents in the blink of an eye. It's about my mom who lost her son and my father, a proud former Marine, who just lost the boy who followed in his footsteps and also became a Marine. My role in this disaster becomes caretaker for my family. I need to do whatever I can to take the burden off them so they can mourn properly...
I call my buddy Billy Donnelly from Donohue Funeral Home. He's shocked as he knew Michael from growing up. By the time I hung up the phone, I had already felt the burden lift off my shoulders. We arranged to meet at his office on West Chester Pike. It's a beautiful building that certainly doesn't feel like a funeral home. My parents and I sat down with him to discuss the services. He's such a professional. He has a way to transform tragedy into celebration. We were all of sudden planning to honor a great man and woman, not to say good-bye forever.
Think about everything that needs to be done to honor a great person at a funeral service. Now, double it and add in the fact that his all happened 700 miles away in Ft. Wayne, IN. Michael was also a Gulf War Veteran and my father's primary goal was to honor his son with a proper military service. Finally, my oldest sister and brother-in-law, who also live in Ft. Wayne, would now become legal guardians for my brother's kids. So, we wanted to have my brother and sister-in-law cremated and have their ashes in 2 separate Urns. One Urn would be buried here in Delaware County and the other would be brought back to Indiana for the kids to have one day.
That is an enormous amount of responsibility. Billy planned and executed flawlessly. The transportation of my brother and sister-in-law from Indiana to Pennsylvania, cremation, double viewing at Donohue Funeral Home, Mass at St. Max in West Chester, burial, headstones, 2 Urns, and finally, the Marine Corps military honors. It was all so classy and beautiful. It truly was a celebration of their lives.
I did not think I could properly mourn losing my big brother. Billy and his team at Donohue gave me the peace of mind to do so.
Just a note to say what a fine job Donohue did on our father's funeral. There were so many nice touches, down to the special thank you notes. We loved the pictures and appreciate Donohue's willingness to use our recommendation on the florist. The staff are very caring and professional, and the bagpiper was very good. We appreciated their excellent willingness to answer all our questions. It was a comfort to work with them.
Luckily my family has never had to make funeral arrangements in the past so we had no idea what to expect. When my aunt passed away my mother had asked me to contact a funeral home to help us so I called Donohue Funeral Home in Newtown Sq Pa for help. At 2 am in the morning Billy answered the phone, he answered all of our preliminary questions, 45 minutes later to my surprise Billy and his associate were standing in our living room dressed in suits to transfer my aunt back to the funeral home. The next day we met with him and he went through all of the arrangements from beginning to end with us and the services were perfect. We would highly recommend them if you ever have the unfortunate task of arranging a funeral, the whole staff was always very helpful with our questions and concerns throughout the process. Thank you to Billy and Joy for all you have done for our family!
My father in law Jack passed away on the 27th. of Nov.. Because of the holiday, I became concerned about how things would transpire . With one phone call, John and his team took over and helped us with pretty much everything! What started out as a very stressful and painful event ended up being a very wonderful and beautiful experience ! With pride and dignity we were able to put our beloved father to rest! And the Donahue funeral home family made that possible! Thank you very much, and may everyone have a great Holiday!
On behalf of John Corona's family, I'd like to express our deepest gratitude for the exceptional service provided by Matt Quigley and the Upper Darby team.
Matt captured John's spirit perfectly by just listening to stories about him. The photo tapestry and college were so moving and comforting, we were all speechless.
Matt went above and beyond with every detail and we cannot thank him enough. He was both professional and pleasant, providing this grieving family a chuckle or two throughout the process. We are forever grateful to him and the Donohue team. God Bless.
I am writing about Matt Quigley and the team at the Donohue Upper Darby Location, as they simply deserve a sincere thank-you from me and my family. My father Jim Joyce passed at home, and we notified the team at 3AM. With-in the hour a team led by Billy was at our front door. This began a process of reminders of why my family has continued over a period of many years to contact the Donohue organization when the need presented itself. The kind and professional demeanor, the way Dad was treated, the little extra touches - who looks for pleasant surprises at such a time?
Thank You Matt and to your entire team. John Joyce 10.9.19
I am taking this moment to express my sincere gratitude and complete satisfaction with the personnel at Donohue Funeral home in West Chester, Pa. From start to finish they handled everything we could have wanted and/or needed during this difficult time. From arrangements to the actual day of the funeral they were courteous and accommodating. Anything we needed and more is what they offered. I would utilize them again if we had the misfortune to do so.