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Morris (Mo) Albert Donahue

January 1, 1960 — January 16, 2023



Morris (Mo) Albert (Lawrence) Donahue, beloved husband, devoted family member and traveler died on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the age of 63.


Mo was born on Friday, January 1, 1960 and heralded as the first baby of the year in Meriden, CT.  Beloved son of Barbara Y. Twombly and Paul E. Twombly. Mo later graduated Whittier Regional Vocation Technical High School with a focus in the automotive industry.


Later in life Mo met Leslie A. Donahue, the “Love of my life”.  He became her devoted husband on Saturday, 11/17/1990 in Manchester, NH and celebrated in Haverhill, MA.  What a day to remember!


Mo held many positions over his life to support his family, some of which he also enjoyed for the comradery.  He was an entrepreneur with his Food Truck Catering business (an experience from where his son Ray learned and started on his own entrepreneurial experience with Atomic Fireballs) and then again lastly with his Mac Tools business.  In between he also became the Shop Steward for the local Union group, a position people held with esteem, while at NYCOA for many years.  Mo was very smart, resourceful, ambitious and determined.  As he lived, he built a rugged personality of regular fun, hard work and goals.  Mo made life-long friends and gave support to those in need.  He loved to celebrate triumphs with those around him.


Besides being a man of tradition, standards and values Mo was a man of true quality, honesty and moral principles.  He was quiet but he was funny and if you needed him, he was there or knew someone who could help.  Mo loved deeply and endlessly for his family; frequently visiting those still among us or removed.  His true nature was one of connection and bond.  He was loyal and fun-loving all in one.


Mo is predeceased by his parents, Paul E. Twombly (1925-1993) & Barbara Y. Twombly (1927-1998).  He is survived by an expanded family, not limited to, his loving wife Leslie; son and family Raymond Donahue & Kerri with granddaughter Lennix; sister Yvonne Whitehouse; brother and spouse Paul Twombly & Phyllis; brother-in-laws Gregory Geiger and Gary Campbell; and sister-in-law Debra Geiger along with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


Mo could frequently be found with his wife Leslie, his self-proclaimed best friend, at either their home with their beloved dogs (Buddy and Cyndi), a Casino, a family members or friend’s house and/or traveling to see those same family and friends.  He traveled to Alaska, Sweden, Hawaii, England and Ireland (to name a few) and frequented Cooperstown, NY and Disney World over the years.


Some of life’s pleasures for Mo were watching his family grow, family celebrations either for holidays or life’s greatest moments, enjoying the little things (like his wife’s homemade meals & bread with butter as thick as cheese), hunting & fishing, antique cars and any of his dogs (Custer, Chrissy, Daisy, Tuffy, Buddy & Cyndi).  Most of all he enjoyed the smile on his wife’s face. This is the one thing that truly brought him happiness.


This devoted and loving husband, this warm and giving family member, this stoic-pillar of a man will be forever missed and remembered as someone everyone should have known and some were blessed to have loved.


Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. 


Those who wish to make a memorial contribution can do so to The National Veteran Foundation at  Formal burial services will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, date and time to be determined.


Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium assisted the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to


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