Obituary of Patrick Francis Donaldson – Hornell Evening Tribune


11/30/42 – 08/27/22

Patrick Francis Donaldson passed away peacefully at his home in Punta Gorda, FL on Saturday, August 27, 2022 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 on November 30, 1942 in Hornell, NY to George and Theresa Donaldson. He was raised in Hornell and graduated from Hornell High School after a brief stint as a seminarian at St. Ignatius Loyola. He graduated from Alfred University with a BS 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 death in 2019.

Pat has spent most of his career as a 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. That’s when he fell in love with sailing. Boat ownership wasn’t enough and in the mid 1980’s he opened a sailboat charter business in the Chesapeake Bay. For years it was a mix of business and pleasure and incredible memories for all involved.

He and Joan retired to Punta Gorda, FL and spent over 20 years embracing Southwest Florida through hurricanes and sunny days. Patrick was an avid reader and passed his love of history on to his sons. His enthusiasm for cooking didn’t transfer quite as well. He had a passion for politics before it was normal for people to be interested in politics. He and Joan loved traveling together and never tired of reminiscing about the Greek islands. He was incredibly proud of his six grandchildren (Price, Renny, Griffin, Jack, Tate and Lucy). He devoted himself exclusively to his wife and struggled when she left him too soon. He will be remembered by his friends and family as devoted, kindhearted, smart and unafraid to ruffle a few feathers on occasion. He will be missed.

There will be no office hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell, where a Christian funeral service will be celebrated in his memory on Saturday (September 24, 2022) at 10 a.m. Devotional prayers and burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the city of Fremont.

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

Online expressions of condolences or reminders of Patrick are welcome on the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home Facebook page or at

Posted September 17, 2022

Published in The Spectator-Evening Tribune

service information


St. Mary’s Cemetery, City of Fremont

Christian funeral mass

St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell

September 24, 2022 at 10:00 A.M


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