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Food Culinary 08


Alan "Aldo" Donahue

April 26, 1956 ~ February 2, 2019 (age 62)

Alan “Aldo” Donahue: The man, the myth, the legend…

Alan became an angel all too soon at the age of 62 on February 2, 2019, peacefully in his home surrounded by family after a valiant fight against cancer.

Alan was born in Melrose MA on April 26, 1956 to David Donahue and the late Thelma (Baker) and was a 1974 graduate of Melrose High School. Alan moved to New Hampshire where he met his bride, Janice (Reardon) Donahue. He has been a devoted husband and best friend to Janice for 44 years, creating a family like no other and a legacy that will continue for all time.

Alan followed his dreams and talents to become a renowned gourmet chef, working in many upscale restaurants in Boston and New Hampshire for most of his life. Some of his proudest moments include working for Bobby Orr in Boston, turning the kitchen of the Common Crossing into his creative playground, and making Sunday dinners at home for his family.
In his spare time Alan enjoyed spending time with his wife, dancing, fishing, camping, and being a supportive Daddy and a legendary Papa. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, campfires, music, and surprising everyone with those one liners that brought a smile to your face and a warmth in your heart. He would give you the shirt of his back without hesitation or question, and was an unwavering sense of strength for his family and friends.

Alan is joining his loving mother Thelma (Baker) of Woburn MA, his mother in law Claire (Badeau) Reardon of Nashua NH and a sister and brother in law Winnie (Reardon) and Ronald Thibault of Merrimack NH. He is also joining his lifelong friend and riding partner, Norman McLeod of Chester NH. Alan is survived by his father, David Donahue of Stoneham MA and two brothers, David Donahue III and Cheryl of Wareham MA and Philip Donahue and Susan of Elizabethtown KY. He leaves behind his loving wife Janice, two daughters and a son in law, Lory Donahue and Amy (Donahue) Sweeney and Rick, all of Nashua. He will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren. Nathan Donahue is his first-born grandson of whom he is very proud, as well as Connor, Cooper, Collin, and Mackenzie. Alan was a special friend of many family members, especially his brother in law Timothy Reardon of North Carolina and sister in laws Renee, Diane, and Kim and the father of his grandchildren Frank Kochanek of Pelham who was like a son to him. Alan also loved several nieces, nephews, co-workers, and even a few “adopted” children from his daughters’ lifelong friends. Last but not least, is Alan’s best buddy Marty, his loving pit bull puppy.

There are not enough words to express how amazing a man Alan was, and will continue to be, in our hearts and by our sides forever.

A memorial service in Alan’s honor will be held on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 from 12 to 2 pm at Anctil Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua NH with a cemetery service immediately following at St. Louis Cemetery, 752 West Hollis Street, Nashua NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Melanoma Research Foundation would be appreciated, but more so just your fond memories and warm company as we celebrate the life of such a special soul.

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