STONINGTON – William John Donovan, 89, beloved husband of Lucia (Leali) Donovan, died Oct. 17, 2007, at Blue Hill Hospital, after a long illness. He was born May 7, 1918, in Somerville, Mass., son of Arthur and Bertha (Poitras) Donovan. Bill attended Durfee High School, Fall River, Mass. His family moved to Stonington in 1936 where he began a three-year apprenticeship as a granite cutter at John L. Goss Corp. on Crotch Island. He became a master stonecutter and sandblaster there and at Deer Isle Granite Corp. for many years. During World War II, he was employed for three years at the South Portland Shipyard as a caulker and chipper and then returned to Stonington to work at the quarries. Bill also worked at other granite plants including Mount Waldo, Frankfort; Murphy Monuments, Lewiston; and Rock of Ages, Barre, Vt. Bill left the quarries and went to work for Bill and Emily Muir in 1960. He worked there until 1987 when he retired. In his spare time he painted and contributed a significant amount of sign work to schools and churches on the island including gold-leaf signs at Island Nursing Home, Island Country Club, and a sandblasted sign at the Island Medical Center. For a number of years, Bill was on the board of directors at Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, Stonington Public Library and Island Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing with his many friends since the early 1950s. He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Stonington. He is survived by his wife of 67 years; a daughter, Carol S. and her husband, Donald Hamalainen, of Yarmouth; two granddaughters, Beth A. and her husband, Kevin Smithson, of Andover Mass., Bonnie L. Hamalainen and her partner, Jamie Barnett, of Baltimore; two great-grandchildren, Lucia and Andrew Smithson of Andover, Mass.; brothers-in-law, Andrew Leali, Dominic Leali and Edward Blackmore; sisters-in-law, Mary Blackmore and Caroline Donovan; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bill was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Gerard, James and Fred; and a sister, Dorothy (Donovan) Parker. A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Mary Star of the Sea with Father James Plourde officiating. A reception will be held after in the church hall. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine, P.O. Box 2109, Augusta, ME 04338-2109.