Whitney Pier

Donnie Drohan, age 66, of Whitney Pier, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born in Sydney, Donnie was the son of the late Mary Bridget (O’Rourke) Drohan and Charlie Drohan of Sydney. Donnie was a lifetime resident of Whitney Pier and loved to admire the tranquil and peaceful view from his home overlooking the water and hills.

Donnie was a graduate of Sydney Academy and St. Francis Xavier University. He retired from the Canada Revenue Agency and enjoyed 14 years of retirement in the beautiful setting of his neighbourhood surrounded by his dear friends, family, and fellow Hab fans. Donnie was well known as a passionate Montreal Canadians fan and traveled yearly to visit and cheer on his team. Many family and friend gatherings were celebrated in his “Habs Shrine” that was developed over the years in his basement. Donnie also had a passion for the Boston Red Sox and traveled frequently to cheer on the Liverpool Soccer Club in England.

In addition to being a fan, Donnie excelled at playing hockey and baseball in his younger years and continued to participate in recreational sports in later years.

Donnie had a dry sense of humour and a dedication to family. Donnie loved animals and took joy in their care. Donnie will be dearly missed by his close childhood friends, neighbourhood friends, former colleagues, and family.

Donnie is survived by his sister, Patricia (Donnie Miller); brothers, Ray, Chuck (Pat), Jerry (Arlene), and Terry; aunts, Bonnie (Gordie MacDonald) and Pat (Mickey, deceased) Drohan; sister-in-law, Nancy Drohan; brother-in-law, Sandy McNabb; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Donnie was predeceased by sister, Anne Marie (Sandy McNabb), brother, Al, and his special niece, Sara.

At the request of Donnie, there will be no visitation. Memorial Service will be celebrated on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Covid restriction of 100 attendees will be permitted following NS health protocols and for those unable to attend, live streaming will be available on the Holy Redeemer Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cape Breton.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Online Condolences

Bonnie, Nancy and all other family members, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. RIP Donnie
From:  Josephine Mac Neil, Big Pond

Trish, Donnie and the Drohan family, I am so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
From:  Bev Power

So very sorry to hear about Donnie. We worked together at Revenue Canada for many years. He was one of the good guys – always quick with a laugh or a sports story and a go-to guy for work related questions. How fitting that he was able to see his beloved Canadiens in the Stanley Cup final. I would have loved to hear his analysis and his predictions for next year. Rest in Peace my old friend. Gone way too soon.
From:  James Edwards

Our sincere condolences to the Drohan family. We were so sorry to hear about Donnie’s passing and just found out today after being away. Donnie was such a nice person – I remember talking to Donnie lots of times on Charlotte Street when leaving work at the Citizenship office. My husband Donnie was talking about how close his brother, Doug and Donnie were through the years. I truly believe they are together again, joking around and talking about old times. May happy memories help to comfort you all through difficult times ahead.

Sincerely, Rose and Donnie Courage
From:  Rose and Donnie Courage

Chuck and Patsy
This has been a hard time for you and the family. Sending much love and prayers for peace to Donnie and strength to the family.
From:  Joanne Kelly

Dear Chuck , Patsy , and the Drohan Families ,
I am so , so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother , Donnie . My love and sympathies go out to “ The Drohan’s “ . Prayers and thoughts are being sent your way .
Love , Heather E. Skinner

To Chuck & the Drohan Family; I am very sorry & sad to hear of the passing of Donnie. Don was a great friend & positive influence on my life growing up in Whitney Pier. He was always encouraging in sports & life in general. Even as a young boy I always looked up to Don. It was easy to determine that there was something special about Donnie … like an aura of a Godly spirit. I know that God has his arms around you Donnie … enjoy the peaceful kingdom.
From:  John Mac Donald

Very sorry for your loss Our prayers are with you.
From:  Tommy and Charmaine Stevens

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, Chuck.
From:  Carla Lisa DiGiorgio

So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. Donnie was my team leader at CRA and was a very fair and considerate boss. His door was always open and he was always eager to help. Donnie was one of the good ones for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this difficult time. RIP
From:  Shirley Bonnell

My sincere condolences to the Drohan family on Donnie’s passing.
From:  Joe Black