Joseph P. Donato
Joseph P. Donato
1942 ~ 2017
Joseph P. Donato cherished hero of his wife, Linda (Porreca) and "little one", Lorrayne, received his heavenly reward on February 13, 2017, after a valiantly fought battle with multiple myeloma.
As a loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts, Joe was always humbled when reminded that he attained the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop No. 49.
Joe was a graduate of West Catholic High School. His was an accomplished artist and hoped to become an architect if finances allowed. He was employed by various companies for these skills and was proud to say at one point he was locked in a high security facility of Western Electric to help construct the perspective drawings for the first lasers.
He entered the U.S. Army National Guard at the age of 17 and served in the 103rd engineer battalion, 28 Division, Company C. He was very proud of the military and extremely patriotic.
His true passion was realized when he graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy In 1967. He assigned and served in the 1st, 19th, 93rd districts and finally in the Accident Investigation Division until his retirement in 1990.
Although honored by many citations and commendations, Joe's greatest tribute was to be recognized by the Daily News as the 1988 George Fencl Award Winner while working in his beloved 19th district. Capt. Frank Pryor noted that, "He is a soldier, a foot soldier, with a dedication and commitment to people. He never sought recognition and was amazed to hear that he had been nominated. He instills confidence in people." Joe was the candidate chosen as the officer with the most fairness, compassion, and commitment to community of all nominees. He enjoyed the annual Fencyl award luncheons and was particularly proud to be accompanied by his daughter, Lorrayne.
Joe was an active member and coordinator of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pa. Chapter, Special Olympics, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and the Variety Club. He was the adviser to the Overbrook Park Town Watch, but his pride and joy was creating the civil task force of volunteers to patrol the district and act as a deterrent to crime.
In his very last days, Joe was honored to receive his certificate of achievement and Gold Card for 50 years of dedicated membership to Philadelphia Lodge #5, 1966-2016.
Upon retirement from the Philadelphia Police, Joe served as Chief of the Marple-Newtown School District Police Department. He loved the interaction with staff and particularly students. He was overwhelmed to receive the first Friend of Education Award honoring him for his compassion and commitment to the Marple-Newtown School District Community.
Joe was a member of St. Anastasia's Parish. He had an unequaled love of the Blessed Mother, the Hail Mary, and his guardian angel, St. Michael. When someone was in need of special prayer or protection, Joe would "lend" his guardian angel to them in spite of his own desperate need.
Joe was the cherished hero of his wife of 24 yrs. Linda (nee Porreca), and his daughter Lorrayne M. He is also survived by Ray, Peg, Raymond, and Zachary Porreca and Tracey, Joanne, Joseph, John, and Maria Donato, along with many other loving family and friends. Joe is predeceased by his faithful companion of many years, Snuffy.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Friday morning 9:30-11:30 AM at The Danjolell Memorial 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008 and Funeral Mass 12:00 Noon at St. Anastasia Church Newtown Sq., PA. Interment Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Please see tribute page link below.
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