Kevin Donovan

Kevin P. Donovan

Sunday, June 3rd, 1979 - Saturday, September 28th, 2019
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Kevin P. Donovan
June 3, 1979 - September 28, 2019
Kevin P. Donovan, 40, of Syracuse, passed away on Saturday. Kevin was the Founder and Director of Healing Hearts Collaborative, an opioid overdose prevention program. He lost his battle with addiction following a long-term recovery. To remove the stigma of the disease, he openly shared his struggles with addiction to educate others of treatment options, and he was a staunch advocate for the use of Narcan.
Survivors include his beloved son, Rowan; his devoted parents, Ginny and Owen; his brother, Owen M. (Caitlyn); his sister, Erin; his nephew, Morgan and nieces, Laurel and Aisling and his aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, from 4 to 7 pm at Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse. A Mass celebrating Kevin’s Life will take place Thursday at 10 am in St. John the Baptist / Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations can be made to Kevin’s son, Rowan’s education fund, payable to Virginia Donovan, and directed to Prevention Network, Attn: FSN, 906 Spencer St., Syracuse 13204 Online condolences at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
    1604 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 10:00am
    St. John the Baptist / Holy Trinity Church
    406 Court Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208-1698
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    800 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13203
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janice murray

Posted at 06:11pm
Dear Family of Kevin, I just read about him and as a mother of an addict I want to offer by love and know how much you loved him. My dear, smart, sweet, loving and good son suffered for 11 years. He was the most likely to succeed and a champion of all people animals and so very loved. Never hurt a soul but himself. Stand out ball player, could kick butt at jeopardy and attended Boston Latin Academy is Boston. Brilliant and my best little buddy as a single hard working mother. I know the sleepless nights, the pointless arrests for stealing from CVS, maybe sometimes a toothbrush or deodorant. The countless rehabs, me begging judges to just lock him up to get him off the streets and so I could have an occasional bit of sleep. It is so devastating. I drove him and attend AA and Narc meetings with him just as I was there for little league and PTA and Pop Warner. He saved at least 3 lives and all he said was "Ma, all I did was breath for him until help came". Probation officers loved him, cops loved him, judges and correction officers loved him. lawyers, coaches, past teachers. I lost him on a beautiful sunny day in Plymouth Ma. I moved here for the "geographical cure" ; get him out of Boston for a new chance. He was sober 10 months, working 2 jobs and never happier. Called me to say, "ma, sorry I haven;t called, living with my girl, working 2 jobs, beautiful day huh Ma? I miss you and love you and promise to call you tonight when we are both not working. OK Ma, got to go back up the ladder now after eating my sandwich and finish putting cedar shingles on this gorgeous beach house in Plymouth. Will come work on your house soon. Love you sooooo much Ma." Me too sweeheart, love you way toooo much!!!!! Exactly 1 hour later he was dead from falling off the ladder on his head. I believe he got so good and had such unique qualities and experience that God said "I could use you up here son, with all the drug addiction and loss of hope. You never lost hope in your Mother or Me even on your darkest day." Our sons are angels now. God bless you; I wish I didn't understand your pain. And LOVE!

janice murray Posted at 06:13pm

My Brian was 29

janice murray Posted at 06:13pm

My Brian was 29

Flanagan Danny

Posted at 04:47pm
My heart is so heavy. No words can describe this. My deepest sympathy to the Donovan family.

Ashley Spells

Posted at 01:04pm
You worked so hard to turn your life around and that's all that matters, not how you passed. You saved thousands of lives, carrying your message all over to those forgotten and ignored by society. I am so sorry you lost the war, but make no mistake, you won many battles. My thoughts are with his Family, friends, his Recovery Community and his co-workers. Don't let this moment of darkness diminish his light.


Posted at 07:23pm
I am truly sorry for the loss of Kevin. He was our trainer for our CASA program and he shared his story with us and was vulnerable and yet so honest. He truly wanted to help everyone with this awful disease called addiction. I hope you all can find some comfort in knowing how many people he has saved, and how many people he has trained to save. Prayers and hugs to you all.

Gina Marie Compoli

Posted at 05:29pm
I'm so sad and heartbroken to hear Kevin's passing. I've know him long time and he did amazing wonderful work for Syracuse and all over NYS. He even made it in CNN. Wish it was another way he made it on CNN. My love prayers to Kevin's family and his handsome son.... Kevin love his son so much..They were not only father and son but Best Friends...We love you so much and NEVER be forgotten and we all will honor you everyday.

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