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Brian Donoghue, 53, Driving Force Behind 'Hope and Friendship Foundation'

Donoghue was a beloved Lemont resident known for his giving nature and wise counsel.

The Lemont community is mourning the passing of a "real and reachable" resident who gave back to the community in big ways. 

Brian J.  ''Floyd'' Donoghue died February 18 at the age of 53. He was one of the first leaders of nonprofit Hope and Friendship Foundation, working alongside Terri O'Neill-Borders. The former divorce attorney-turned-carpenter's true talents were in woodwork and friendship, she said. 

Donoghue was known for his kind, direct nature and his honest approach to human interactions. 

"He helped so many that you wouldn't be able to print the list of names," O'Neill-Borders said. "He gave counsel long after he left the field of law in ways that helped others know what to look for. He connected people with friends of his so you knew you were in good hands. I can go on and on."

Vistation will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Petkus Lemont Funeral Home. 

"He did what so many only hang on their wall: he lived, laughed and truly, truly loved."  

Full Obituary:
Brian J. ''Floyd'' Donoghue
Jan. 08, 1961–Feb. 18, 2014

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois 
Resided In: Lemont, Illinois USA 
Visitation: Feb.  20, 2014 3 to 9 p.m., Petkus Lemont Funeral Home 
Service: Feb. 21, 2014 11 a.m.
Cemetery: Private 

Brian J. “Floyd” Donoghue, Feb. 18, 2014. Age 53. Loving father of Kate M. Donoghue. Cherished son of Ann, nee Sullivan, and the late John P. Donoghue. Beloved brother of Deirdre(Ken) Bouche, Sheila Donoghue, and Clare(Jeff) Pfotenhauer. Fond uncle of Ryan and Jamie Bouche, Michael Donoghue, and Joshua and Colin Pfotenhauer. 

Funeral services Friday at 11 a.m. at the Petkus Lemont Funeral Home, 12401 S. Archer Ave.,(at Derby Rd.), Lemont. Committal service private. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Offerings in Brian’s name may be made to the Hope & Friendship Foundation, 721 Hickory St., Lemont, Il., 60439, or http://www.hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com/donate/ will be deeply appreciated.
Ronnie Woo February 21, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Well said. Brian was a good man and true friend.

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