Edward Donga

Edward Donga, of Holbrook, passed away peacefully October 29, 2023, at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He was born and raised in South Boston where he met his beloved Midgie. They moved to Holbrook to raise their family,
Ed worked for the phone company for 30 years before his retirement. He didn’t stay retired for long as he started his second career with the TSA and honorably served 20 years before calling it quits in 2019 at the age of 84.

Ed loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as Pa.
Whether it was attending a sporting event, a school play, or in the later years weddings and baby showers Pa was always there to put a smile on their face.

He loved to go out to dinners with his TSA friends, going to the casino, watching his wrestling, and playing a good game of dominoes.

He is survived by his children, Erina Sheim and her husband Fred of North Carolina, Deborah Givens and Cynthia Donga-Jackman both of Holbrook, Stephanie Roberson of Brockton, Edward Donga Jr and his wife Lisa of Holbrook and Matthew Donga of Holbrook. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. HIs sister Loretta MacDonald, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Son of the late Cornelius and Catherine (Larken)
Edward was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Margaret (Morison) Donga as well as his siblings Francis and Cornelius Donga, Mary Foye, and Ellen Lynch.

Ed was a great man, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral from the Hurley Funeral Home, 127 So. Franklin St. (Rt. 37), Holbrook, on Friday, November 3rd at 9:15am followed by a funeral mass at St. Joseph Church in Holbrook at 10am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 2nd from 4-7pm. Interment Union Cemetery, Holbrook. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.


First Name: Paula
Last Name: Tolley
City: Norwood
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/01/2023

My thoughts and prayers to Ed’s family during this sad time. I worked with him at TSA and I was lucky to call him a friend. Ed was a kind soul and always had a smile on his face. Everyone at work truly loved Ed and he touch us all in a positive way.

Hugs and prayers,
Paula Tolley

First Name: Julie
Last Name: Marandola
City: Brockton
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/01/2023

I enjoyed our times spent together. I loved listening to your stories of the past, sitting at the kitchen table. I'll always remember our last game of crazy 8s with Stephanie and showing you how to play backgammon, which you won.
You will be so missed by so many, especially me. You will be remembered as a true family man.
It's time for you to be with your wife. We will miss you.

First Name: Dennize J
Last Name: Denton
City: Mattapan, MA 02126-1714
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/01/2023

I am a coworker of Matt Donga at Verizon, My thoughts and prayers and condolences to the family during this sad time.

First Name: Don
Last Name: Walton
City: Mountain City
State: TN
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/01/2023

Sad news when our TSA family relayed the news . I always enjoyed being with, and watching him put us young guys to shame . Ed is special and will remain so.

First Name: Raymond
Last Name: Albanese
City: East Boston
State: MA
Entry Date: 11/01/2023

My thoughts and prayers to Ed's family. If there was one person that had exemplified hard work and dedication to the TSA it was Ed. I had the pleasure of knowing Ed for his entire TSA career. He touched the hearts of our entire TSA family, and his memory will forever be a part of our Team. Ed we will definitely miss you, but we will never forget you! Rest in peace my dear friend.

First Name: Diane
Last Name: Seeey
City: Woburn
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 11/02/2023

I also had the pleasure of working with Ed at TSA.
He was a TSA Treasure.
No one out worked him or made as many people smile as Ed did.
He was so beloved by all who knew him.
Rest well, Ed.
Just the thought of you brings a smile to our faces.

First Name: Maritha
Last Name: Green
City: Boston
State: MA
Entry Date: 11/02/2023

my thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family. Ed was a very special person to me at TSA he was a Kind welcoming man who always made me feel comfortable and always gave the best hugs. I am forever greatful to have met him. Rest in peace my friend. It’s comforting to know that you and your wife are together again now and forever.

Last Name: TARARA
City: Holbrook
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/02/2023

So Sorry for your loss. He was such a nice person. He will be missed.
Prayers and hugs to all. Jeannie Tarara

First Name: Mike
Last Name: Gayzagian
City: Watertown
State: MA
Entry Date: 11/02/2023

I knew Ed my entire career at TSA. This is a very sad day for me. Ed set the standard for what a TSA officer should be. His work ethic and dedication to his job and coworkers was unquestionable. He always had a smile or a quick joke. No one ever said a bad word about Ed. It was an honor to serve with him. On behalf of the TSA Officers’ Union I offer condolences to his family. He will be missed.

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