About J.J. Donovan & Sons
J.J. Donovan & Sons has provided reliable, quality heating oil sales and service for nearly 100 years. Family-run for four generations, J.J. Donovan & Sons is rooted in history and built on family.
Jeremiah Donovan founded J.J. Donovan & Sons in 1923 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The company provided furniture moving services and storage facilities, as well as the delivery of coal, range oil, and ice. In April of 1940, three of Jeremiah’s children—William, Joseph, and Mary—incorporated J.J. Donovan & Sons and continued to build on the company’s reputation of providing trusted and reliable moving and home heating services.
As the company continued to grow, so did the careers of the Donovan family. William Donovan was elected Mayor of Somerville in November of 1953, a post he held through 1959. At that time, William’s younger brother, John “Leo” Donovan, joined the family business and later became president upon William’s retirement. During the 1960s and 1970s, J.J. Donovan acquired various fuel companies as well as a fuel distribution terminal in Medford, MA, where the business is still located today.
In 1987, Leo Donovan retired and William’s son, Jeremiah “Jerry” Donovan, took over as president. Throughout the following decade, Jerry’s sons Michael, Steven, and Jeffrey all joined the company. In 2004, following the death of their father, the three sons took over the management of the company.
Today, the family tradition continues. The J.J. Donovan & Sons family remains committed to providing professional, expert home comfort services to the surrounding Medford, Massachusetts, communities.