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PELHAM, NH: Brendan Patrick Donovan age 44, died Friday at his home in Pelham after a long complicated illness. He faced this illness with humor and dignity and died peacefully in his sleep.

Brendan was born in Boston, moved to Windham, N.H. at age 7 and attended Windham grade schools. He graduated in 1988 from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, where he was a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He attended Syracuse University and graduated from Southern N.H. University with a computer science degree. After college Brendan lived in Derry, N.H., until moving to Pelham, N.H., six months ago.

Brendan was a self proclaimed computer "geek" from age 10 and transformed his love of computers and incredible abilities into a career in software engineering. He was lifelong Lego enthusiast and collector, and a member of an adult Lego users group. His display of Lego Star Wars models amazed all his visitors. He had a wide range of interests and talents from juggling to solving Rubik's cube, to playing guitar, piano and drums to doing impersonations. He had a quick-wit and a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving parents, Paul and Catherine (Qualey) Donovan of Windham, N.H.; brother, Colin and his wife, Alicia Donovan of Blackstone, Mass.; aunts and uncles, Paula and Robert Source of Basking Ridge, N.J., Mary and Russell Lawson of Manchester, N.H., Marcia and Roger Dufresne of Derry, N.H., Frank and Susan Qualey of Manchester, N.H.; cousins, Erin Vega, Kellie Schofield, Shauna and Jack Glaze brook, Megan and Tom Wolfe, Nicole and Jared Withrow, Laura Sorce and Jay and Andrea Sorce.

Calling hours were Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, N.H. Funeral services were celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Windham, N.H. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on  October 23, 2014
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