CLARKSTOWN – Retired Rockland County veterans’ services director Jerry Donnellan died Friday. He was 71.
“He was a here, a three-time Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War veterans who served as a positive example to returning service members that they could live productive lives, even if they suffered devastating injuries as he did,” said County Executive Edwin Day. “His contributions will not soon be forgotten.”
As director for 30 years, Donnellan started the annual watch fires every Memorial Day, oversaw the creation of the county’s first satellite veterans’ administration health clinic in New City and worked to educate veterans and their families about post-traumatic stress disorder.
“His loss is not only a grievous loss for me personally and our veterans, but also for the entire community of Rockland,” said Day.
Donnellan retired from his county post last year. He died at his Clarkstown home on Friday morning.