James W. Donnelly, 61, Hobbie, died unexpectedly on Feb. 28, 2018, at his home.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 25, 1956, he was a son of Alice A. (Phillips) Donnelly, of Hobbie, and the late Edward J. Donnelly Sr. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School and enlisted in the U. S. Army, where he served honorably as a military police officer, stationed in Germany. Prior to retiring, he worked as a team leader in the garden center at the Lowe’s store in Wilkes-Barre.
Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a talented woodworker, who created many crafts. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and liked to watch NASCAR racing.
In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his companion, Kathleen Chaffman; and daughter, Nichole Brower and husband, Joseph, of Hunlock Creek. He was a proud grandfather to Anastasia, and was looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild in May. He also leaves behind brothers: Edward Donnelly and wife, Patricia, of Berwick; Jerome Donnelly and wife, Sandy, of Sterling, Va.; Neal Donnelly and wife, Celeste, of Wapwallopen; sister, Colleen Hittle and husband, James, of Lansdale; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Donnelly; and his grandparents.
Funeral was held at Heller Funeral Home LLC, Nescopeck. At his request, all other services will be private.
Memorial contributions, if desired, are suggested to any veterans’ charity. Online messages of condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.