Touching tributes for business leader
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
MORE than 300 people slowly filled St Mary's Church for a sombre service yesterday to remember Donald (Don) Donohoe.
Mr Donohoe was well known in the community as the successful former general manager of Powells Discount Stores.
In delivering the eulogy, friend and business associate Bill Dougherty said he lead a 'fulfilling life' and had a 'deep Catholic faith'.
"He is probably up there trying to sell Saint Peter a new fridge," Mr Dougherty said.
Mr Dougherty paid tribute to a man who had three passions ? family, friends and farming.
He said his 'illness, which he has often denied' had been long, although 'he always seemed to bounce back'.
Mr Donohoe had a strong connection with church; he was baptised at St Mary's, attended the school and married his wife June at St Mary's.
Father Rex Hackett lead the mass of thanksgiving and paid tribute to Mr Donohoe's 'generous and giving' nature.
Fr Hackett was with Mr Donohoe before he died on New Years Day and said he was 'faithful to his faith to the end'.
Fr Hackett said he gave 10 per cent of his earnings to charity.
"He was a very successful businessman," he said.
"You did your best Don Donohoe. 'DD' and we celebrate that today."
Grafton and District Funerals, funeral director Peter Webb said almost 350 people attended the service.
"At the graveside they played Frank Sinatra's (I did it) My Way and released two white doves," Mr Webb said. "He was reunited with his wife."
Mr Donohoe is survived by chil- dren Tony, Andrew, Rick and Lisa.