William J. “Bill” Donohue of Drexel Hill, PA, passed away in the comfort of his home on May 15, 2020, at the age of 78. He is survived by his loving children William Jr., Michael, Susan Szczepkowski (Michael), Megan, Matthew, Lauren Harrington, and Caitlyn. Beloved Pop Pop to his eight grandchildren: Erin, Michael, Brendan, Ryan, Colin, Ethan, Charlie, and Lucy. Survived by his sister, Estelle Cincotta (Tony). Predeceased by parents Norman Donohue Sr. and Estelle C. (Murphy) Donohue, daughter Debra and brother Norman Jr.
Born in Darby on September 22, 1941, Bill was the youngest of three children. Earning the nickname “Twinkle Toes”, he shared in a series of comedic childhood adventures alongside his siblings. These stories would later become the anecdotes told and retold around the table to family and friends alike.
Bill graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1959 and from Villanova University in 1963. Immediately upon graduating, he began his teaching career at Cardinal Dougherty High School. He soon transitioned to Cardinal O’Hara High School where he would spend over 50 years educating and enlightening countless students, leading to many “Hey, Mr. Donohue!” exclamations in passing.
Aside from teaching, music was a lifelong passion. In the 1960’s, Bill founded “The Revelers”, in which he sang and played guitar alongside cherished family (namely cousins Tom and Vince)/ friends. From large crowds to small, Bill continued to revel at The Court Diner in Media to the present day and would often be joined by his granddaughter, Lucy, for duet performances of songs they wrote together.
In the summers of the 1980’s, he and his family proudly owned and operated The Hoagie Hut at 18th and Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, NJ where you could get both the World’s Best Hoagie and many fond memories.
In his leisure time, Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends and living a simple life. He often returned to Ocean City, NJ for a slice at Mack and Manco’s Pizza. He also enjoyed caring for his pet turtles, yard sale treasure hunting and watching his favorite sports teams; the Eagles, the Fighting Irish and the Wildcats. He especially loved Christmas and had an affinity for Santa Claus. Like Santa, Bill had a twinkle in his eye, and he shared his joy, compassion and love with all.
Due to the current pandemic, services are private for family only.
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