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Michael Donohue, NYC liquor industry stalwart, dead at 70

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Michael Donohue, champion of the industry and staunch supporter of the United Restaurant and Liquor Dealers of Manhattan, passed away on Monday, April 10. The cause was cancer. He was 70.

In January 1999, after Donohue was diagnosed, doctors said he might not live two weeks. Three weeks later, he was back at work serving as host of his long established restaurant, Donohue’s Steak House and Cafe.

Donohue, whose father, Martin, was one of URLD’s founders, was born on the West Side of Manhattan. He served the association for more than 50 years in various capacities, and for the last several years was chairman of the board. His contributions and accomplishments are legend.

He is survived by his wife, June, and his five children, Michael Jr., Jessica, June, Richard and Maureen, and his 12 grandchildren; by his sister, Mary Clark, of Maryland, and his brother, Donald, of Tampa, Florida. He was the brother of the late Martin and Jack Donohue.

The family will receive friends and relatives and messages of sympathy Thursday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Campbell’s Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave. (at 81st Street), in Manhattan. A Mass of the Faithful will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, Lexington Avenue and 66th Street, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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