Captain William J. Donnelly Jr., USNR (Ret.) 77, of Viera, Florida, formerly of Trumbull, CT, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2013 surrounded by his family.
William was predeceased by his beloved wife Alcenior M. (Dehoney) Donnelly and is survived by his four sons: Duane and wife Deline of Orange, CT; David and wife Paty of Miami, FL; Daryl of West Haven, CT; and Danial and wife Carol of Trumbull, CT; his sisters Joan and Jane, seven grandchildren: James and fiance Jordan, Jessica, Dustyn, Ashley, Kathleen, Meghan and Danial, two great-grandsons Cole and Julien, his brother-in-law Ward Dehoney and wife Kathryn of Kansas City, MO and sister-in-law Mayme Hurley of Wheeling, IL as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, William was also predeceased by his father, William Sr. and his mother, Jane Jubela as well as his loving paternal grandmother, Catherine Donnelly and his beloved aunt Mary Golden Donnelly who were instrumental in his upbringing in Kansas City, MO.
Also predeceasing William were his brothers David and Patrick and his sisters-in-law Jo-Ann Sheehan and Mary Dehoney and daughter-in-law Julie.
Bill was raised in Kansas City, MO and was a proud graduate of both Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst University.
His distinguished career as both a U.S. Naval Aviator and a commercial pilot for Pan American World Airways and Delta Air Lines afforded Bill, Alcenior and their sons the opportunity to live in various places and experience an exciting life of travel worldwide.
As a young man, Bill was active in many sports and was particularly successful as a fast-pitch softball player.
Bill took great delight in customizing his many homes for 54 years, always to the specifications of his loving wife Alcenior .
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church 220 Shelton Road Trumbull, CT.
Inurnment with full military honors will be at a later date, in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.
Friends may greet his family on Monday August 26, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradsie Green Place Stratford, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
For more information or to make an online condolence visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com