James K. “Jim” O’Donnell

June 9, 2020

James K. “Jim” O’Donnell
U.S. Veteran

U.S. AirForce

Korean War

James K. O’Donnell –  of Woburn, passed on June 9th, at eighty eight years of age.  Beloved father of James S. O’Donnell, and his wife Nina of Woburn.  Cherished “Grandpa” of Alicia R. Reichheld and Katherine M. O’Donnell. Devoted brother of Jack O’Donnell, his wife Martha of NH and the late William O’Donnell and Kathleen Doherty.  James is also survived by his dear nieces and nephews.    Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

James K. “Jim” O’Donnell passed away at the Woburn Nursing Center Tuesday evening June 9th. The beloved son of the late James K. and Helen (Roche) O’Donnell, he was eighty eight years of age.  

Born in Maine, James was one of four children in the family.  James was raised and educated there in Waterville, Maine and following graduation, Jim moved down to Massachusetts. Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country for four years.  It was in the service that Jim learned how to cook. Before he began his Chef’s career, he secured himself a position with the United States Post Office for many years.

After the Post Office, Jim began working as a cook at the Hanover Inn.  Having begun his interest in the service with cooking he only further  developed his culinary skills. Working at the Inn provided Jim with being able to do what he loved and never missed an opportunity to meet new people!

Jim shared his life with his son James, later making his home with his son and his wife Nina.  He loved playing cards and was quite a master at cribbage.  When it came to his grand daughters, he couldn’t do enough!  He so enjoyed spending time with them, following all they did and loved being their “Grandpa.”

Jim was a very friendly, kind and sweet, sweet man.  He loved people and people loved him.  He loved life and more importantly he loved his family, and was oh so proud!

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.


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  1. Tish Vailliant

    Jim may you RIP my sister Sandra and I want to thank you for being such a great roommate to my brother Ronnie Vailliant.

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