Shannon Riley Donahue

Shannon “Riley” Donahue – 54 – of Bath, NY, formerly of Hornell, died unexpectedly on Monday (May 7, 2018) in Baltimore, MD, where he had been working for the past several months.

Born in Hornell on August 27, 1963, he was the son of Edward “Mickey” Donahue and the former Susan Gay.

Riley grew up in the Hornell – Canisteo area and attended Canisteo Central School, class of 1981.

He was employed as a foreman for Carpenter Millwright, Local #1163 working on Nuclear Power Plants and a multitude of projects throughout the United States.  This was a very dangerous job which required extensive training and carried extensive responsibilities for all of the workers and the communities in which he worked.

Riley was an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting deer, rabbits and turkeys.  He especially loved hunting rabbits with his beloved beagles, Kelly & Cupid.  He also had a fondness for his beloved cats.  He had been a member of the Hornell Elks Lodge, Hornell Moose Lodge, Hornell American Legion and the Hornell VFW. He was an avid golfer and loved the Yankees and the Steelers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward “Mickey” Donahue who died January 27, 2007.


Surviving are his son of whom he was very proud, Nathan (Natalie Bossard) Donahue of Howard, NY; his mother, Sue Cullen of Panasoffkee, FL; 4 brothers, Michael (Nodja) Donahue of Homer, NY, Shaun (Debbie) Donahue of Blossburg, PA, Shane (Cristina) Donahue of Corning and Tim Donahue of Hornell; 3 sisters, Patricia Donahue of Homer, Colleen Donahue of Englewood, FL and Christine Cullen of Palm Harbor, FL; several nieces, nephews & cousins.

The family of Shannon “Riley” Donahue will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 PM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Riley’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

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8 Responses to “Shannon Riley Donahue”

  1. Deborah Pollizi says:

    Condolences to the family and friends sending prayers and healing hugs at R.I.P.

  2. Sandi Beam says:

    My condolences to Shannon’s family and friends.

  3. Uncle Tom says:

    My condolence and prayers for the entire family. My regret is I cannot be there. Love you all. Stay in touch. Uncle Tom.

  4. Angie says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.

  5. Debbie Taynton Shaut says:

    I remember Shannon fondly growing up in Canisteo. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. James Donahue says:

    My heart is saddened. I offer prayers and deepest condolences. Rest In Peace Shannon

  7. Rich and Lindsey Szoka says:

    Riley touched our lives, and his presence is missed. Our prayers are with his family in this moment. God bless!

  8. Darlene Woodworth says:

    Shawn, Shane, & Family, I am terribly saddened by the loss of Shannon. I have known you boys for many years, and have many memories of time spent with you all. Shannon was my friend, my drinking buddy, and someone with whom I could open up & talk to. I have a picture of him in my photo album taken in 1993. It will forever be one of my treasured belongings, and I am thankful for possessing it. I know & understand the sadness you are feeling right now. I am so sorry for your pain & grief. Shannon was one hell of a guy, & I will always remember him with Love in my heart for him. Always & Forever, your Friend, Darlene Woodworth