Joseph Anthony Donato

Joseph Anthony Donato, 77, widower of Madelyn Donato, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Born in Boston, MA, Joe was the son of Mary Crisafulli Donato and the late Anthony Donato. Joe was an avid New England sports fan, enjoyed golfing, and played hockey as a kid and young adult. Joe retired in 2003 after 30 years of service with Michelin North America.

In addition to his mother, Joe is survived by two sons, Joseph Donato and his wife, Wendy, of Greenville, AL and Edward Donato and his wife, Barbara, of Hanson, MA; a daughter, Amy Phillips and her husband, Sam, of Simpsonville; six grandchildren, Brian Donato, Morgan Donato, Megan Morrison, Joshua Donato, Kiley Phillips, and Maddie Phillips; one great grandson, Benjamin Donato; and his sister, Sandra Carlisle.

In addition to his wife and father, Joe was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Donato.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Cannon Funeral Home from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. A Committal Service will follow in Whispering Waters at Cannon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society which will continue to honor Madelyn’s memory…the love of Joe’s life.

Condolences to the family of Joseph Anthony Donato

  • Kathy Murray
    5 years ago

    Joseph,Ed and
    Amy I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the service and it breaks my heart. Joe and Madilyn meant the word to me but I am going to be in Europe. please know I am there is spirit and my prayers are you will all love Kathy

  • Terry Welborn
    5 years ago

    Amy, I loved working for your dad. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play jokes on people. I know deep down he really liked Clemson , 😄.
    Your dad is now with your mom, together they will be watching over you and your family.

  • Brian OConnor
    5 years ago

    Joe and Ed

    So sorry for your loss, your dad was a really nice guy tonus when we were kids. Thinking about you guys.

  • Brian OConnor
    5 years ago

    Joe and Ed and family

    So sorry for your loss, your dad was a really nice guy tonus when we were kids. Thinking about you guys.

  • Jaye Young
    5 years ago


    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an amazing man. He bragged about you constantly…..he loved you so much!

  • Holly Lansberry
    5 years ago

    Amy – Sending my condolences to you and your whole family! I was lucky enough to meet your dad while we were in college and every time I saw him he had me laughing. I will be thinking of you and please reach out if you need anything. Love to you and your family!

  • Linda Rose Guillette
    5 years ago

    To the Donato family:
    Joe will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving and compassionate man – to his family, friends and co-workers.
    May he rest in peace.

    With deepest condolences,
    Linda (Donato) Guillette.

  • Max Reed
    5 years ago

    So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    -Max and Bernadette Reed

  • Cindy Rhodes
    5 years ago

    Joe was an amazing man- who touched the lives of so many. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. I was so blessed to work with him for many years. My love and prayers to the Donato family!

  • I was sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.

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