IN MEMORIAM: Ray Donahue ‘54

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The Rev. Canon Ray Lawrence Donahue, Class of 1954, of Downsville, NY died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Binghamton, NY.

Donahue served at Trinity Church, Sharon Springs, St. Paul's Church, West Middleburgh, St. Mary's Church, Downsville, and St. Margaret's Church, Margaretville. In retirement, he served at Trinity Church, Rensselaerville and Christ Church, Greenville. He also supplied regularly at Christ Church, Walton, St. James Church, Lake Delaware and St. Peter's Church, Geneva. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1954. He was made Canon of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany.


Predeceased by a brother, James, he is survived by two sisters, Josephine Larson and Anita Donahue; several nieces and nephews. "Fr. D" as he was affectionately known, was beloved throughout Delaware County and the Catskill region, the Episcopal Church and by countless people whose lives he blessed.

As chaplain of the Lake Delaware Boys Camp for 50 years, Donahue nurtured young people and their counselors and provided for the camp's spiritual needs by the offering of daily mass and addresses to more than 100 campers and staff each season. A celebration was held at the camp during the summer to honor him for his 50th year as camp chaplain and to express the love, reverence and respect with which he was held by all.

 Father Donahue’s 50th Anniversary as Chaplain of the Lake Delaware Boys Camp was celebrated this past summer.

Father Donahue’s 50th Anniversary as Chaplain of the Lake Delaware Boys Camp was celebrated this past summer.

As a renowned mountain climber, Father Donahue passed on his love for the mountains to many other people. In 1969, he climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks more than 4,000 feet in elevation in nine days, a record that stood for many years. He was a charter member of the Catskills 3500 Club and served as the chair of conservation. In retirement, Father Donahue took a milking course at Cornell Cooperative Extension, and worked at the Harmonie Farm, Downsville for several years.


A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Rev. Ray L. Donahue will be held at 11:30 a.m.,Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. James Episcopal Church, 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi. The Rev. James Kruger will be the celebrant. He will be assisted by the Rev. James H. Adams, preacher, and others.


Father Donahue made an anatomical gift of his body to Albany Medical College.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Delaware Boys Camp, P.O. Box 31, Delhi, NY 13753.