May 4, 1932 ~ March 15, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Rochester, NY

Harold J. Donnelly



Rochester: Surrounded by his family, Sunday, March 15, 2020 at age 87. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marie (Mandel) Donnelly; wife, Joan (Brien); daughter, Marianne. Survived by his children, Kathleen (Stephen) Morgan, Michael (Judith) Donnelly, Brien (Suzie) Donnelly, Christopher (Michelle) Donnelly; grandchildren, Katie (Loreto) Barbone, Erin (Ryan) Mohr, Patrick (Marisa) Morgan, Bridget Morgan (Dean Kay), Meghan Donnelly, Kayla Donnelly, Kandis (Patrick) Holyfield, Shannon (Justin) Flynn, Jo (Andrew)Thurlow, Jake (Holly) Donnelly, Joshua Donnelly; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Brown and family; sister-in-law, Judi Brien; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Harold was a proud Aquinas graduate (1950), Navy Veteran, retired Kodak Fire Chief and a member of the Chili Fire Dept. Exempts.



Friends may call Thursday (Nov 11th) 4-7 PM Vay-Schleich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. (Mask required at Funeral Home) His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Nov 12th) 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Church. His Graveside Prayers with Military Honors will be held Saturday (Nov 13th) 10:00 AM at St. Pius Cemetery, Chili. Friends wishing may make contributions to the charity of one’s choice in his memory.



Visitation: November 11, 2021 4:00 pm - November 11, 2021 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: November 12, 2021 10:30 am

Holy Cross Church
4492 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

Burial: November 13, 2021 10:00 am

St. Puis X Cemetery
295 Chestnut Ridge Road

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Harold J. Donnelly "Brud" 's name.

St. Ann's Community c/o Chapel Oaks

1500 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY USA 14621

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  1. I worked with Harold for 20 years , one of the very best to have graced the KPFD work force. He will always be in the memory’s of all that had a chance to worked with him. A Firefighters salute to him as he moves to the Big Firehouse inn the sky. Fair well good friend, will see you down the road. Gary

  2. To the family of Harold Donnelly,
    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Chief Donnelly. I was hired into the KPFD family through his efforts and I will always be grateful to him because of this. R.I.P. Chief See you at the big one.

  3. Uncle Brud you’ll be missed by all. You had a smile that would light up the room. You were always so “up beat” ! Thanks for your service both navy and fire department. So proud to be your cousin, I love you very much. Carol Anne Brodie DeBellis

    • Thank you, Carol, for your kind, comforting words. We feel blessed to have the family we have and are happy for your cousin connection. We loved that dad could light up a room that easily with a great smile and be so positive. Thank you for your very comforting words.
      Love, Kathy and the Donnelly Family

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Kathy, I have such fond memories of both your parents, their kindness and generosity…..our days at St. Pius ….and, your family including me on your many camping trips to Darien Lake! My dad would often say how highly thought of your dad was at Kodak and I’m praying all those incredible memories bring you comfort. Keeping your family in my prayers. Cheryl (Putzig) Kelly

    • Thank you, Cheryl, for your very kind, comforting words. We have many happy memories of our family life. We all remember you being with us for summer camping fun! Thank you for sending this message – it makes our hearts happy! Hope all is well with you –
      Sincerely, Kathy and the Donnelly Family

  5. Harold lived life by the quote: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is garnered from the Bible and became an indelible imprint in his heart.
    And it has to do with his giving of himself – so readily, so openly – as he strived to communicate with people at the deepest human level. Harold inspired, embraced and enriched so many lives.
    While, for Harold, his children certainly came first, his faith followed as a close second. Harold, an extraordinary man, achieved great success and brought honor and distinction to those he loved.
    Harold will be remembered for his largeness of spirit, his gentle instincts, and an enthusiastic magnetism that drew others to him. He lived life to the full in preparation for the next. Harold knew the sun was shining behind the clouds.

    Ron Pawley

    • Thank you, Ron, for your beautiful tribute words and for being with us for our dad’s funeral arrangements. Your name was a household name for us for the length of time you worked with our dad and as dad spoke proudly and fondly of Kodak and his coworkers after his retirement. We will always remember that and the support and care of KPFD! Thank you again for your beautiful tribute!
      Sincerely, Kathy and the Donnelly Family

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