Lawrence Noel Donnelly

November 2, 2013



VIRGINIA BEACH- Lawrence Noel “Larry” Donnelly, 79, died in his home on November 2, 2013. He was a member of Church of the Ascension in Va. Beach; Ancient Order of Hibernians; D.A.V.; American Legion; K.O.C. Knights of Columbus; and former member of the Irish Society of Tidewater.

Larry is survived by his wife, Nora Mary Donnelly; eight children, Eileen and Marc Freitag, John Donnelly, Michelle and Joe Kennedy, Billy and Rosie Donnelly, Jerry and Sandy Donnelly, Larry and Kym Donnelly, Padraic Donnelly, and James Donnelly; and 16 grandchildren, Mairead, Dillon, Celia, Fiona, Maria, Joey, Kieran, Ryan, Jack, Kailyn, Lila, Aidan, James, Declan, AJ, and Brendan.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11:00am at the Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia with Reverend Daniel Malingumu officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Heartland Hospice, 5029 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462.

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Gerald Walsh
8 years ago

Boss was the best. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Love, Gerald, Jenny, Grady, Wesley, and Callan Walsh

Rachael Brandenhoff
8 years ago

Dear Nora and family, No words can begin to express to all of you my sympathy…My son would not be the man he has become but for the intricale part that you and Larry both portrayed in his life and I will always be grateful to both of you…My memories of Padriac and AJ are endless…My heart aches for you all…You all are in my thoughts and prayers…Love to all, Rachael

Senta and Barry Burton
8 years ago

Dear Nora and Family! Barry and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Larry. We know he was a great father, grandfather and friend to everyone that touched his life. He will be missed but never forgotten. Senta and Barry

Bob Wainwright
8 years ago

Dear Nora, I didn’t know Larry too well but I could always tell that he was a special man who gave out a feeling of kindness and caring. I will keep you and Larry in my prayers.

Kendall Shuffler
8 years ago

Dearest Donnelly’s,

“Boss” was large in stature and height, but even larger in faith and kindness. He radiated happiness and his smile lit up a room. He was treasured by his children and grandchildren and loved you all unconditionally. He loved the simple things in life and left this world better than he found it. Here is to a life well and beautifully lived. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Dominic and Linda Preston
8 years ago

Hi Nora – Linda and I are so sorry to hear about Larry – may he rest in peace and we will remember him in our prayers

Take care,


Dominic and Linda Preston

Joe Braceland
8 years ago

I had the privilege of having Larry for my manager for a new of years at Sperry. During that time I considered him a friend and mentor and looked forward each year to talking with him at the annual Christmas lunch.

Rest in peace, Larry.

Kelly C.
8 years ago

I pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.

I send my thoughts of comfort to all of the Donnelly family.

michael donnelly
8 years ago

Larry was a kind generous loving man

and I thought the world of him.My thoughts and prayers are with all his

family.I treasure the wonderful memories of the happy times we shared

together.God bless you all. Michael

Mike Smyth
8 years ago

Larry was a lovely man, just a super person to be around and I always enjoyed his company and conversation immensely when he came to visit Tennessee. I shall truly miss him.

Don Nester
8 years ago

Larry will be missed. He was a very

fair boss, great Christian and Catholic. Larry helped me out while we were working together in Panama. I had my wallet stolen, no credit cards and using my credit card was my way home. Upon my departure from Panama Larry bought my plane ticket so I could return back to Indianapolis. We had many other great memories while working for Sperry Univac. Larry, may you rest in peace in God’s Kingdom.

Tom Clark
8 years ago

My deepest condolences to the entire and extended Donnelly family.

Dale Parker
8 years ago

My deepest sympathies to all of the extended Donnelly family and friends on your loss. I know your loss is great – may The Lord bring you peace during this difficult time.

Damon Echevarria
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the entire Donnelly family for the loss of such a loving and unforgettable patriarch. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and that I wish you all the best.

Fred & Eileen Koester
8 years ago

Our condolences and prayers for Lawrence and the family.

Ronald W. Spruill
8 years ago

Our deepest condolences.

Howard Nevin
8 years ago

Our hearts and prayers go out to Larry’s family. I worked with Larry at Sperry, and considered him a friend and mentor. He will be missed.

Charlie Irving
8 years ago

Our sincerest condolences to the Donnelly Family and extended Family & friends. Although we may feel we are prepared for the mortality of our loved ones, it is always difficult when confronted with the loss of our loved ones,but remember ,as long as we have our minds to remember & hearts to love,our loved ones are always close.

Ronnie R. Spruill
8 years ago

Please accept our deepest condolunces. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Chris and Ragen Curtin
8 years ago

Sending lots of love and prayers to the whole Donnelly family. Boss will be missed dearly! God Bless….

Ann Donnelly
8 years ago

So sad to hear of Larry’s passing.I have lovely memories of his visits to Ballyling.Thinking of all the Donnelly family at this sad time.

Ann Donnelly and family

Lynne Wojciech
8 years ago

The Wojciech family is so sorry to hear of your loss and is sending prayers your way. I will never forget the pleasant smell of Mr. Donnelly’s pipe. We love and miss you all!

Peggy Terjesen
8 years ago

There is no way to put into words what my uncle meant to me. My earliest memories in Brooklyn, New York include him. As he made sure we knew “no running, no jumping, no screaming, no yelling cause Uncle Larry’s sleeping”. I was so lucky to have him all these years and will never forget his love and kindness. He lived his life in faith and loved his family completely. God Bless always.

The Swords Family
8 years ago

Thinking of you all. Was deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Sending you hugs from Texas.

Kyle, Lellie, Ryanne, Jameson & Killian Swords

Dan Haigney
8 years ago

To all of my Donnelly cousins,

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love and miss all of you!

The Haigney Family

Uncle Vinny
8 years ago

Warmest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.

Mary Guerin
8 years ago

We are deeply saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. He was held in high esteem by all his family here in Killeagh. Cherished memories of his visits here and of our time together spent in New York. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Johnny, Mary and family.

The Gibbs Family
8 years ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. Hope you and all the kids are coping ok. Hugs to all.

xo – Dennis, Ginger, Garrett, Payten, Casey, DJ Trevor, & Buddy

Ed and Becky Lawhorn
8 years ago

We are so very very sorry to hear your dad passed away. Loosing a parent is never easy even when we expect it. The emptiness can only be understood by those that have experienced this lose. We feel your pain and wish you peace and strength.

Eileen Donovan
8 years ago

We lost a good man. A wonderful uncle. My love to all those whose lives he touched. God bless

Jim and Ann Carmody
8 years ago

What a nice kind man. He will be sorely missed. Remember all the good times.

The Rath Family
8 years ago

You will be missed Boss. You were a great man and have left a great family with us that will continue to live with your values, memories and kind heartedness. Love all us, Taylor, Peyton, Addison, Kim and Todd

Chad and Nancy Moore
8 years ago

Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers…”Boss” was such a wonderful man and he will truly be missed. But he left behind an amazing family and I know how proud he is of all of you. We will always remember Boss and treasure his memory. Much love to you all.