Ernest “Ernie “ Donnelly, 79 of Lincroft, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at his home surrounded by family including wife of 56 years, Eileen Donnelly. Ernie, the son of the late Ernest and Margaret Donnelly, was born in South Amboy before settling in Lincroft for over 40 years with his wife and son.
A graduate of Kean College and Seton Hall’s Masters Program Ernest was a highly respected and dedicated educator. His passion allowed him to serve various communities, initially as a teacher of Old Bridge Public Schools; followed by an appointment to principal of Marlboro Middle School where he accomplished the building of the Marlboro Middle school.
Ernie’s ambition did not stop there, he then went on to be superintendent of schools in Lavalette before finally retiring from Millstone township in the same role in 2000. Since then, he was an interim superintendent of many schools as well as a member of the Middletown Township Board of Education where he formed many close bonds. Other memberships include school master club, retired superintendents club, njea, and idea; all geared towards ensuring students get the most comprehensive educational services. Ernest will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and the entire line of educators he met along his career.
Despite the many accomplishments in education of Ernest “Ernie “‘Donnelly, he would proudly tell you that his biggest one was to have an only son, Keith Edward Donnelly with whom he loved to watch Penn State Football and scream “We Are!” Other hobbies included watching CBA play basketball and enjoy a meal in Pete and Eldas with his nephews Rex, Ryan and Ross, but mostly spending time with his beloved granddaughters Michaela and Keira.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife, Eileen; his loving son Keith and his daughter in law Concetta; his pride and joy granddaughters Michaela Casey and Keira Ryan; his loving sister in law Elizabeth Yeisley and his three nephews Rex, Ryan, and Ross Yeisley.
Visitation will be held at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave, Red Bank on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 3-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Red Bank on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10AM. Burial will be held at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made in Ernie’s name to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, 415 Crossway Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797.