John A. Donoghue, auto parts shop owner

November 16, 2013

John A. Donoghue, who owned and operated H&D Auto Parts in Bethesda for more than 25 years, died Nov. 9 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville. He was 86.

The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said his daughter, Patricia Strade.

Mr. Donoghue, a Silver Spring resident, opened H&D Auto Parts in the early 1960s. He closed the shop in 1986 and then worked as a salesman in the engines and components division of Martin & Otterback, an auto parts store in Bladensburg, Md. He retired in 2000.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Donoghue worked in the human resources department at the FBI.

John Aloysius Donoghue was a District native and a 1944 graduate of St. John’s College High School, where he was senior class president. He was a Navy radio operator during World War II and the Korean War.

He volunteered at the YMCA and Twinbrook Baptist Church, both in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladys Miller Donoghue of Silver Spring; two children, Mike Donoghue of Frederick, Md., and Patricia Strade of Germantown, Md.; and three grandsons.

— Megan McDonough

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