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October 16, 2012 > Obituary: John Donovan

Obituary: John Donovan

Owner, Mowry Automotive Center

October 26, 1951 - October 3, 2012

After a full day helping customers, John Donovan succumbed to cardiac arrest at his business on the evening of Wednesday, October 3, 2012. From the moment when he opened his business in 1987, John became a trusted friend to many of residents of the Tri-City area and beyond. Well versed in the details of automotive repair, even as electronics and sophisticated systems overwhelmed many in the field, John was always honest, offering practical advice and comfort.

John Donovan was so much more than an auto mechanic and businessman in Fremont. His big heart and friendly manner was a constant reminder to all who knew him that goodness and compassion was always available, no matter how difficult the situation. Friends commented that John's advice and counsel was reliable and could often provide reasonable alternatives to expensive repairs.

Helena Curry, a close friend, customer and fellow business owner, commented that John was the "ultimate service man" who cared about the community. "He was concerned about the welfare of his customers and always, happy, kind, generous and dependable."

John leaves his beloved mother, sister and life companion as well as a multitude of friends who mourn his passing.

A memorial will be held for John Donovan at Memorial Park (corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue) in Fremont on Saturday, October 20 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. All are welcome to share their thoughts and prayers.

For additional information about the memorial service, contact Helena Curry at New Stage Hair Salon (510) 793-4300; (510) 304-9272 or by email:

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