Owner/CEO of Northeast Times dies at 61

Richard W. Donnelly Jr., a self-made businessman who built a large distribution and media company that included the Northeast Times, passed away on Dec. 14, with his family around him. He was 61 and lived in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Donnelly grew up on the 1000 block of Van Kirk Street in Oxford Circle and graduated from St. Martin of Tours Elementary School and Father Judge High School.

Born to Marie (nee Kubis) and Richard Donnelly, he is survived by his mother; his wife Kathleen (nee Finnegan) Donnelly; his children Sean Donnelly (Christina), Daniel Donnelly (Alisan), Michelle Donnelly, Matthew Donnelly and Brendan Donnelly; and his siblings Marie Butterly (James) and Michael Donnelly (Charlene). He is also survived by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

He started Donnelly Distribution out of a garage nearly 40 years ago and grew that company to where it is today, delivering millions of circulars each week. In recent years, he continued to grow his company to include publishing local newspapers, as Newspaper Media Group, which included the Times. He wanted his business to bring communities together, and he lived this out in his professional and personal life.

He devoted his life to his family, friends and his buddy, Taco. In his free time, he shared the things he loved with the people he loved — the beach, his boat and nothing but good times. He was always “living the dream.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike, in Berlin, New Jersey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 27 Kresson Gibbsboro Road, in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Gibbsboro United Methodist Church, 30 Clementon Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 would be appreciated. Digital donations can be made to gibbsboroumc.org

For additional information or to email lasting condolences, go to CostantinoFH.com ••