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Roland J. Donato

March 13, 2021

Roland J. DonatoRoland J. Donato, 81, passed away Saturday evening, March 13, 2021, at his home in Watertown surrounded by his loving family.

Roland was born in Watertown November 18, 1939, son of Nicholas and Mildred Moore Donato and was a 1958 graduate of Watertown High School. On November 20, 1965 he married Brenda M. Lillie at Holy Family Church with Msgr. Robert Lawlor officiating.

Roland was the Purchasing Director and Production Coordinator for Black Clawson, retiring after 42 years of service to the company. He was superintendent of Camden and Mill St. Manor Apartments for 5 years.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Church, an usher, and active volunteer for bingo and the May Festival. Roland was a life member of Elks Lodge 496 and a member of the Purchasing Managers Assoc. at Black Clawson. He enjoyed camping, cruises, Friday fish fries, being a handyman, and the family cottage on Pillar Point. The couple spent winters in Isle of Palms, SC. He enjoyed traveling, which included Hawaii, Panama, and the Caribbean, and also Disney World with his grandchildren. His time with family and friends was precious to him. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. He was a best friend to many. Rollie was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild, Rylee Marie, in July.

Along with his wife, Brenda, Roland is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Andrea K. and Glenn Sprague, Lorraine and Debbie A. and Joshua Perry, Mt. Pleasant, SC; three grandchildren, Nicholas A. and wife Jasmine, Emily M. and companion Dylan Nichols, and Savannah D. Perry; brother and his wife, Jack E. and Edie H. Donato, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Paul R., Robert P., and Joseph N. Donato, and sister, Beverly M. Roberts.

A funeral Mass at Holy Family Church and burial in Calvary Cemetery will be at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Roland's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., or Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., all in Watertown, NY 13601. His family would like to give a special thanks for the care and devotion of Roland to Anna Rascoe, Nicole Shultz, and Denise Wetterhahn, of Hospice of Jefferson County.


#8 Georgina L Donato 2021-03-23 22:06
Aunt Brenda,, I am so sorry for your Loss,, Uncle Rollie was a good man,, and loved by all,,, I hope you are doing ok, if there is ever anything I can do for you please let me know,, much love to you and the girls,, Georgina L Donato
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#7 Bonnie Allen 2021-03-18 13:41
Brenda i am so sorry to hear about your husband my heart and prayers go out to you and your family .I hope you are doing ok .I am Wayne Cole's wife .May God Bless you all in this heart breaking time.
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#6 Don& Marilyn Cole 2021-03-18 13:31
We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful friend Rollie. We have so many wonderful thoughts. My mom just loved making donuts for him.
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#5 Nancy & Dale Corrice 2021-03-18 09:56
With Sympathy
Thinking of you at this time of loss.
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#4 Arlene Williams 2021-03-16 14:30

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you. Arlene (Labiendo) Williams
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#3 Michelle Kavanagh 2021-03-15 21:16
I'm so very sorry to hear of Mr. Donato's passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.
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#2 Angel Truesdell 2021-03-15 13:41
I am so sorry for your loss. Rollie may rest now, his work on earth is done, but he will forever remain in your hearts and memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
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#1 Darren Smith 2021-03-15 12:49
Sorry to hear of Rollies’ passing Brenda. Thoughts are with you and your family. Great memories of you and Rollie growing up and through the years. Growing up in the “Black Clawson” family back when, my parents socializing (having some beers, drinks)with you and Rollie it was always great times. And getting to work with him at BC, he was always helpful and the nicest guy there was! He will be missed.
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