Shrewsbury – Robert “Bobby” Francis Joseph Donahue, of Shrewsbury, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the loving home of his parents, Robert E. and Janice A. (Tougas) Donahue, in Northborough. Bobby was a vibrant, outgoing, and thoughtful son, sibling, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend who was deeply loved and will be immensely missed.
He was born in Tampa, Florida in June of 1988, and was raised in Northborough, where he graduated from Algonquin Regional High School. Bobby then attended and graduated from Quinsigamond Community College, with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.
Bobby had a wealth of knowledge of animals, music, art, and movies. He worked for a number of years as a sales representative for a pet nutrition company and would later run dog day care centers. His jobs always involved animals which he loved so much. He and his family love his dogs, Penny, a beautiful basset hound and Zoey, a feisty miniature dachshund.
Bobby’s bond with his parents was very strong. He would call his “muma” almost every day. He told his friends that his dad was his best friend. Family was all so important to Bobby. He always found time to listen and share his stories. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews were always in his thoughts and he checked on family news almost every day. He found humor in the everyday, and with his quick wit, self-deprecating manner, and compassionate generosity, he made people always feel comfortable.
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Leo and Rita (Renaud) Tougas, and John and Mary (O’Neill) Donahue.
Besides his parents, Bobby leaves his sister, Nora M. Biggins and her husband Luke, of Northborough; his nieces, Lucy and Anna; and nephew, Leo; along with numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles, including Susan and Richard Leahy, and Stephen and Lynn Tougas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Franciscan Hospital for Children (https://franciscanchildrens.org/) or to New England Basset Hound Rescue (https://newenglandbassethoundrescue.org/).
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Donahue family from 4 to 7 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. Bobby’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, with burial to follow at Saint John’s Cemetery, Worcester.