The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives at 28 Centre Avenue in Abington,
Massachusetts is pleased to announce it has received a bequest from the
Estate of Joan M. Donovan. These funds will support the Dyer’s mission of
continuing free public access to an historical and biographical library, with
collections focused on local history and genealogy.
Joan had a deep love of nature and the arts. She loved all animals,
particularly birds and dogs with whom she immediately bonded. Joan was an
avid reader and never lost her sharp mind and intellect. Joan enjoyed
painting, music, particularly opera, and lovingly tending to her many plants
that always thrived under her care. Joan had a sincere interest in anyone
she met, often remembering the smallest of details shared in seemingly simple
conversations. Joan’s greatest love in life was her husband Richard and
their life together in Abington.
Joan and “Cracker” devoted much of their lives in service to the town of
Abington. “Cracker” served as a call firefighter, park commissioner
(1958-1961), treasurer-collector (1970-1974) as well as on the Abington
School Committee (1962-1971), serving as chairman for 8 years. And he also
played for the Old Town football team. He was a communicant and usher of St.
Bridget’s Parish and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of
Columbus 5254 and the American Legion. “Cracker” proudly served his
country in the United States Army.
Together Joan and “Cracker” continue to serve the town of Abington
through this bequest to the Dyer Library & Archives as well as bequests to
other local institutions.
The trustees and patrons of the Dyer Library & Archives are sincerely
thankful to Joan for her generous gift, and to Joan and “Cracker” for
their longtime support.
28 Centre Ave. • P.O. Box 2245 • Abington, MA 02351 • (781) 878-8480