Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association

Serving the Maritime, Oil & Gas, Energy and Transportation Industries

In Memoriam

Thomas John Donovan

We are deeply saddened to report that HMAA recently lost a long-time member and former board of director and officer.  Thomas John Donovan, 70, of Humble, was called home to the Lord on January 12, 2018.  Although his passing was unexpected, he was able to spend his last Christmas surrounded by family and friends.

Tom was born to the late Alexander and Mildred Donovan on August 12, 1947 in Astoria, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and was a proud graduate of Fort Schuyler, where he developed lasting friendships and remained an active alumni until his passing.  He then graduated from The University of Houston with a Masters in International Business. On August 1, 1970 he married Marge, the love of his life, in Floral Park, NY. They have spent 47 wonderful years together and never had a fight… that he won!

In 1973, Marge and Tom moved to Humble, which is in “God’s country” A.K.A TEXAS, where they have made many lifelong friends. Tom enjoyed playing golf, as well as watching golf (napping), and enjoyed many hobbies such as, stained glass, woodworking, and gardening.  He was very involved with the Boy Scouts, where he was able to spend time with his son camping and hiking in the great outdoors.  He was also very involved with his church and was the oldest first degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was a certified maritime captain and traveled extensively throughout the world, encountering tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and even slept through an earthquake!

Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make people laugh. His friends will never forget the hours they’ve spent playing cards and dominos. Tom always came out ahead, due in part to his creative score keeping!

He will be fondly remembered for his love of “butter, butter, and more butter” on his baked potatoes, his ever-changing “favorite ice cream flavor”, his fondness for Twizzlers, his perfect score in Wii Bowling, hanging out with the post office and Kroger ladies, and offering his video game expertise to his grandson (“which button do I press?”).

Tom is survived by his wife Marge, his children: Kim and Brian, Keith and Nicole, his two grandchildren: Meaghan and Connor, his brother Richard and his wife Angela, his cousin Linda, his sisters- and brothers-in-law: Barbara and John Moore, Elizabeth Maggi, Patricia and Joseph Merenda, Georgiana and Peter Yarema, numerous nieces and nephews: Stefanie Eichholz, Kenneth Donovan, Kelly Donovan, Peter Yarema, Matthew Merenda, Jenna Yarema, Lauren Whipple, and Matthew Pokorney, as well as his “granddogs”: Todd, Bolt and Yoda and “great-granddog” Roxy.

As Tom always said to Marge when leaving a ship: “Elvis has left the building. I’m on my way home.”