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Gerald “Jerry” Donahue

January 31, 1935 — February 9, 2023

Gerald “Jerry” Donahue age 88 of Canton, Ohio died February 9, 2023, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on January 31, 1935, to the late William and Florence (Adams) Donahue.  He is a 1952 graduate of Bellaire St. John High School. Jerry married his wife Connie (Krone) Donahue on April 21, 1956.

Jerry was employed by Ford Motor Co for 39 years until his retirement.  He later drove school bus for Canton Local Schools for 12 years.  He is a proud veteran of the United States Army.

Jerry was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Canton, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and the Canton South Men’s Club.  He enjoyed golfing, was an avid sports fan, and loved watching his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, five brothers and one sister.

He is survived by Daughter Coleen (Chuck) Roska, three sons, Gerald (Alison) Donahue, Gil (Megan) Donahue, Greg Donahue, twelve grandchildren Lauren (Pete) Tsaftarides, Kristin (David) Glyder, Jacob Donahue, Jared Donahue, Garret Donahue, Ellyse Donahue, Lexi Rohrer, Avery Donahue, Ashlyn Donahue, Luke Donahue, Bryce Donahue, Addison Donahue, three great-grandchildren Jordan Glyder, Celia Tsaftarides, Gage Glyder, three brothers, five sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Special “Thank You” to a family friend Pat Koller.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 10am. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton with Fr. Thomas Kraszewskias as celebrant. Interment in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.

Friends may call 5pm. – 7pm., Monday, February 13, 2023, at the Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio St. Suite 500 Chicago, IL. 60611.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kreighbaum- Sanders Funeral Home, 4041 Cleveland Ave S., Canton, Ohio 44707. Friends and family may share condolences and memories online at

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