Statue of J.J. Donovan to be dedicated 11 a.m. Sunday in Fairhaven

A bronze sculpture of prominent Bellingham businessman J.J. Donovan will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at 11th Street and Harris Avenue, by Rocket Donuts in Fairhaven.

A civil engineer, John Joseph Donovan came to Fairhaven in 1888 and soon became involved in numerous business ventures, including railroads, Blue Canyon coal mine and Bloedel-Donovan Lumber Mills. A civic benefactor, he was a major supporter of St. Joseph hospital and Assumption Church.

Bellingham historian Brian Griffin and the Fairhaven Village Green Committee were the driving forces behind the sculpture. Blaine sculptor Robert McDermott created the Donovan figure.

Before the dedication, Bellingham High Alumni Band members will play Dixieland music. Several guest speakers and members of the Donovan family plan to attend the ceremony, which Griffin promises will end well before the Seattle Seahawks game starts against the San Diego Chargers. Also, Rocket Donuts will provide a treat to the first 100 people in their door after the dedication.