CWRU Links
Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

DONAHUE, MYRON MICKEY

DONAHUE, MYRON MICKEY

DONAHUE, MYRON MICKEY (16 Nov. 1927-5 Nov. 1993) was a leader of Cleveland's labor community and active in community affairs.

The son of Myron T. and Eleanor (Bradley) Donanhue, Mickey (as he was always known) was born and educated in Cleveland. Upon graduating from EAST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, he joined the United State Navy and served aboard an aircraft carrier during the last months of WORLD WAR II. On 11 June 1949 he married Ruth Fox, and together they raised three children: Kathleen, Theresa, and Michael.

In 1952 Donahue joined Local 120 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (commonly known as the Pipefitters Union). In 1960 he was named vice president of the local, and in 1962 he became its business representative. He continued in that position until 1988. From 1988 until the time of his death he served as an international representative for the Pipefitters. He also served on the international's apprenticeship board.

In addition to his duties for the Pipefitters, Donahue devoted many hours to the community in a variety of service roles. He was president of the Cleveland Building Trades Council 1981-1988, and served for three years on the Ohio state executive board of the AFL-CIO. In 1974 he was appointed to the board of the CUYAHOGA METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY, and in 1979 he became a member of the Board of Building Standards and Appeals. In 1978 the Irish Good Fellowship Club honored him by naming him Irishman of the Year.

Donahue is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland.