Date of Birth November 30, 1942
Date Deceased August 27, 2022
Hometown Punta Gorda
Home State FL
Service Date September 24, 2022
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Patrick Francis Donaldson

11/30/42 – 08/27/22

PUNTA GORDA, FL-Patrick Francis Donaldson passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2022 peacefully in his home in Punta Gorda, FL at the age of 79.  He is survived by his children, John Donaldson (Tiburon, CA), Ryan Donaldson (Princeton, NJ) and 5 siblings, Edward Donaldson (Newark, DE), Jim Donaldson (Phoenix, MD), Georgia Sadler (Rochester, NY), John Donaldson (Port Charlotte, FL) and Mary Donlon (Mumford, NY).

Patrick was born November 30, 1942 in Hornell, NY to George and Theresa Donaldson.  He grew up in Hornell and graduated from Hornell High School after a brief stop-over as a seminarian at St. Ignatius Loyola.  He graduated from Alfred University with a B.S. in Engineering.  He served in the Air National Guard from 1964 to 1969.  In 1967, Patrick married Joan Elizabeth Donaldson (Hornell, NY) and they shared 51 wonderful years together until her passing in 2019.

Pat spent most of his career as Sales and Marketing executive in the food, construction and real estate industries.  He and Joan lived in Chicago and Cleveland before settling in Baltimore in 1977 where they raised their two sons.  Along the way, he fell in love with sailing.  Boat ownership wasn’t enough and in the mid 1980’s he started a sailboat charter business on the Chesapeake Bay.   For years it was a blend of business and pleasure and incredible memories for all involved.

He and Joan retired to Punta Gorda, FL and spent over 20 years embracing SW Florida through hurricanes and sunny days.  Patrick was an avid reader and imparted his love of history onto his sons.  His enthusiasm for cooking did not transfer quite as well.  He was passionate about politics before it was normal for people to be passionate about politics.  He and Joan loved to travel together and never tired of reminiscing about the Greek Isles.  He was incredibly proud of his six grandchildren (Price, Renny, Griffin, Jack, Tate and Lucy).  He was solely devoted to his wife and he struggled when she left him too early.   He will be remembered by his friends and family as devoted, kind-hearted, smart and unafraid to occasionally ruffle some feathers.  He will be missed.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his memory at 10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 24, 2022). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Pat’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Patrick are welcome in the comment section below or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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5 Responses

  1. Pat was a great guy!
    I remember his kindness inviting many of Joan’s high school friends ( me ) to his fraternity house to make paper flowers for their St Patrick’s Day float/parade at A.U. We felt very privileged!!!! It was fun and we helped them out!
    RIP Pat♥️

  2. The Donaldson home was on Grand Street and the Eno home was on Crosby. Our backyards intersected. The Donaldson family were all good neighbors. Ours area was a quiet neighborhood, houses close together, where everyone tried to be respectful of those living nearby. Pat and I were in Hornell schools together and then we both attended Alfred University College of Ceramics, graduating as engineers. Over the years we lost touch. I recall seeing Pat at one of our high school reunions. We got along well. Condolences to his many friends and relatives.

  3. Don and I were lucky to be neighbors to Joan and Pat for several years here in Punta Gorda. I would tease Pat that he reminded me of the mad professor as he would come trotting down the sidewalk. Easy to talk with about many topics and always had a level head on his shoulders…probably because he was an executive! His “room” at his home was filled to the brim with books and more books. We also shared our love of our BMW’s…they were both black and of course he had the bigger one. Pat was one of a kind and we are thankful that our lives crossed. Rest in peace with Joan by your side my friend.

  4. Hi, Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of Pat. I remember him well, he was one of the good guys. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family. You are in my thoughts & prayers! Take care.


  5. Hi, Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of Pat. I remember him well, he was one of the good guys. Please accept my deepest condolences and please pass them on to your family.. I hope you are doing well, take care.

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