Timothy Donovan

  • Died: June 29, 2009
  • Location: New York

Bond Funeral Home

1614 Guilderland Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12306

Tel. (518) 346-8424

Tribute & Message From The Family

Timothy M. Donovan 52 of Acworth, NH died tragically in a glider accident on Monday June 29th in Ephrata, WA. Born in Schenectady, Timothy was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and Florida Institute of Technology. Tim was the founder and former president of Optimum Manufacturing Corporation in Charlestown, NH for the past 25 years. A successful businessman and an accomplished pilot, Tim had a lifelong love for aviation and had piloted all types of aircraft for 30 years, flying everything from hang gliders and sailplanes to turbo-prop jets. The pride of his squadron by far, was his 1956 Cessna 310B, affectionately referred to as the Emerald Eagle. We take comfort in knowing that Tim is soaring with the Eagles now. Timothy was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Donovan. He is survived by his wife Cathy Carter of Unity, New Hampshire, parents June (Wurth) Donovan of Scotia, New York, and Timothy (Catherine) Donovan of Las Vegas, Nevada, his brothers, Robert Donovan of Hot Springs, AK. and Brian (Kathryn) Donovan of Rexford, New York, half-brothers, Dain Donovan of Burnt Hills, New York, and Ross Donovan of Schenectady, New York, his niece, Laura Donovan and nephew James Donovan and his former wife, Wanita Donovan of Oregon. A memorial service will be held at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY on Friday afternoon July 10, 2009 at 3 pm to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 1 to 3 pm prior to the memorial service. An additional memorial service will be held at Morningside Flight Park, 357 Morningside Lane, Claremont, NH on Saturday afternoon July 11, 2009 at 1 pm followed by a celebration of his life. Internment services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in Timothy's memory to Tim Donovan Memorial Flight Fund, c/o Claremont Savings Bank, P.O. Box 1600, Claremont, NH 03743-1600.


Brian Donovan

Condolence & Memory Journal

To Cathy, Tim's Family, the Optimum team,

First, I would like to express my deepest and sincere Sympathy to all of you.
It was a real shock for me to learn of the loss of a good friend who happened to be one of my best customer. Tim and I met for the first time in the early nineties when he purchased his first high Precision "Sip" machine. Since then we have developped much more than a business relation ship. Tim was one of the rare person who knew what it takes to achieve true Precision. His team at Optimum was the best I have seen in my fairly long career, a group of knowledgable, considerate and friendly people. It was always a pleasure to work at Tim's company.
During my many visit to Optimum, Tim would take the time to spend an evening with me and we would spend great moments together at one of his favorite restaurant; A few times, Cathy was able to join us for dinner and I will keep very good memories of these precious times that we spent together.
Two years ago, I had to delay a service trip to Optimum many times because of my wife's ilness;
Tim was always so nice an accomodating about this situation; even though he was concerned about the fact that one of his machine was not performing correctly and needed service, he understood my situation and was asking me to take care of my family first.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the funeral and memorial services as I will be in Switzerland. From one of the Swiss mountain where Tim had the opportunity to perform hang gliding, I will have many thoughts for Tim, his family and friends.
Our small team at Swisstronic will miss him a lot.

Sinceres Condolences,

Andre Jeanneret

Posted by Andre Jeanneret    July 08, 2009

Cathy.........my heartfelt condolences go out to you and Tim's family in this tragic loss. I work at Swisstronic Precision and had the priviledge of working with Tim on many occassions. I also had the opportunity to fly with him once. I always enjoyed working with him. It was obvious he loved life and loved flying. We are all suffering a great loss. I know that Tim is now flying with the angels.

I know that there are no words to help during this most difficult time, but I hope that all the memories you hold dear help comfort you.

Deepest sympathies from Gregg and his family.

Posted by Gregg Schifano    July 06, 2009

Brian, I get the Schnectady Gazette up here in Long Lake, New York.

I am so sorry about your family's loss.
I will pray for your brother and the whole family.

I lost a brother many years ago at 20 years old.
That was hard for me to cope with at first.

I wish I could be there.

I have Alziemer's and can't drive.

My e-mail address is wilfredst.amour@ymail.com

Posted by Wilfred & Judy St. Amour    July 05, 2009