George Doonan

Goodbye, George, and Thank You

GEORGE DOONAN, the long-time "Voice of Pearl River Little League" passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  George was a true gentleman and friend to PRLL.  He will be sorely missed. Please take a moment to read the obituary below.

In Memory of

George G. Doonan

February 18, 1941 - September 13, 2017


 George Gerard Doonan, age 76, entered into eternal rest on September 13th, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born and raised in Bronx, NY by his parents Patrick and Kathleen Doonan and attended St Ansclms grammar school and Benjamin Franklin High School. He volunteered as a fireman before entering into the New York Police Department, where he served for 30 years with the 45th precinct and Bronx Task Force. After his retirement, he served at the Dominican Convent of Sparkill for 20 years, where he drove the sisters to and from appointments. His passion for baseball was evident thru his whole life. While working for the NYPD, he served at Yankee Stadium during the summers where he befriended numerous players and even chauffeured Mr. Steinbrenner for years. He was active in little league baseball in the Bronx and in Rockland County for over 50 years. His memorable voice earned him the title "The Voice of Pearl River Little League" for his volunteer work as the announcer at all of the games. He was known by his service to others, his Catholic faith, his great sense of humor, and his love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Doonan, his children Debra Doonan, Patricia (Jon) Forsberg, Barbara (Tony) Caprara, Stepson Joseph (Nicole) Maiz, Stepdaughter Susan (Eric) Scheck, Brother Bill Doonan, Sister-in-law Carol Korfanta, Brother-in-law Richard (Mary-Jean) Araldi, nine beautiful grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his Parents Patrick and Kathleen Doonan, his Brother Thomas Doonan, and Sister-in-law Terri Ann Araldi. He will be greatly missed by all. Viewing services will be held at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service - 321 S Main St, New City, NY 10956 on Monday Sept 18th at 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A Catholic mass will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at Dominican Sisters of Sparkill - 175 Route 340 Sparkill, NY 10976 at 10:30am. A burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery at 36 W Nyack Rd, Nanuet, NY 10954.  Arrangements under the direction of Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc., New City, NY.


July 25, 2008

PEARL RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE: News: George Doonan:  Fifty Years of Service

    Pearl River Little League would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. George Doonan as he marks his fiftieth year of service to little leaguers in New York State.  He began as an umpire in the Van Nest Little League in the Bronx, and umpired in many venues, both in the regular season and in Little League tournament play.  He earned an outstanding reputation as a highly qualified and fair official.  It was the good fortune of Pearl River Little League when George relocated to Rockland County and donated his services to the league.  When, after many years, he finally hung up his chest protector and mask in the late 1990's, George continued to donate his time and services to PRLL as an announcer.  He brought the same quality and dedication to his new duties as has had done as an umpire, and soon became a favorite part of the game for players and fans.  He earned the respectful moniker of "Voice of Pearl River Little League".   His work during the Kayser-Brady Tournament, held in July of the past five years, has earned him the admiration and respect of a new generation of managers, parents and players around the County and beyond.  Pearl River Little League is truly fortunate to have George as a volunteer and friend. 


Above: George Doonan as a young umpire in the Van Nest (Bronx) Little League in 1960.

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