Patrick Donaghy Jr. died too soon.
But it’s his life that friends from the Morristown High School Class of 1987 will cherish.
To keep his memory alive, classmates are creating a college scholarship in Donaghy’s name, to help a Morristown High student with medical challenges.
Preference will go to a student directly impacted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Donaghy was diagnosed in 2013 and passed away at home on Nov. 26, 2018. He was 49.
A licensed plumber and electrician, Donaghy was a member of IBEW Local 102 for 16 years, working most recently at Star-Lo. He served on several boards in Dover and helped people in recovery through his involvement in AA/NA.
Donaghy was born in St. Louis, MO, and grew up in Columbus, OH, before moving to Morristown, where he attended the Frelinghuysen Middle School and graduated from Morristown High.
Shortly after his diagnosis, Donaghy married his soulmate, Tikky, who became his doting caregiver.
ALS withered Donaghy’s body, but it could not repress his wit and humor, according to friends.
He remained transparent about the devastating effects of his illness, to educate the public and foster awareness.
A GoFundMe drive has raised nearly $3,000 towards a $5,000 goal. The Patrick Christopher Donaghy Memorial Scholarship will be awarded during Morristown High School’s annual Scholarship Award Night in June.
A portion of the money also will go to his wife, who quit working full-time to provide long-term care for her husband.