James F. O’Donnell

August 23, 2021

 James F. O’Donnell
U.S. Veteran

US Navy - Seabees

Vietnam

 James F. O’Donnell – of Woburn, August 23rd at the age of eighty-five. Beloved husband of 63 years to Marilyn “Joyce” (Leary) O’Donnell. Proud father of Frances Christo, her husband George of Danville, NH, Maureen Ward, her husband Jay of Woburn, Lynne Guarino, her husband Gary of Dunstable, James O’Donnell, his fiancé Chelsea Berry of ME, Erin Burke, her husband Thomas of Shirley, and pre-deceased by his son-in-law and friend, Bob Boyd. Cherished grandfather of Brian Boyd, his wife Meghan of North Reading, Colleen Marino, her husband Michael of Chelmsford, Kasey Sulkey, her husband Joe of Woburn, Taylor Schwarz, her husband Derek of NM, Shane Guarino of Dunstable, Tommy, Hayley and Bridget Burke of Shirley and the late Christopher Ward. Adored great-grandfather of Emma, Jack, Charlotte, Gracelyn and Ellie. Loving brother of the late June O’Donnell and Barbara Weber. Dear father-in-law of Lisa O’Donnell of Essex. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Friday, August 27th from 3-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Beth Israel Lahey Hospice 800 W Cummings Park #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675

James F. O’Donnell – of Woburn, died peacefully, August 23rd at his home with his family by his side at the age of eighty-five. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn “Joyce” (Leary) O’Donnell, with whom he would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on September 6th.

Born in Charlestown and raised in Somerville, Jim was the loving son of the late James J. and Helen P. (Smith) O’Donnell. After graduating from Somerville High School, Jim served for a period in the National Guard before enlisting in the US Navy where he had the distinction of being a Seabee. He served proudly in the Vietnam War as a Steel Worker Chief before being honorably discharged.

In 1954, Jim started working for Ironworkers Union Local 7 where he remained for over 30 years. In addition to ironworking, he was also an instructor for incoming new apprentices.  After retiring from ironworking, Jim spent many years as an inspector leading to the position of Deputy Director of the Mystic Tobin Bridge until his retirement.

Jim was a lover of the outdoors and a member of the Concord Rod and Gun Club as well as the Winchester VFW. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family.

Jim had a fun sense of humor and was an original “prankster”. He would go out of his way to play epic pranks on his family and friends.

Jim enjoyed traveling to Ireland and various cruise destinations with his wife, as well as spending time at his sons home in Gouldsboro Maine.

Along with his wife Joyce, Jim is survived and will be deeply missed by his children Frances Christo, her husband George of Danville, NH, Maureen Ward, her husband Jay of Woburn, Lynne Guarino, her husband Gary of Dunstable, James O’Donnell, his fiancé Chelsea Berry of ME, Erin Burke, her husband Thomas of Shirley, and dear father-in-law of Lisa O’Donnell.  Cherished grandfather of Brian Boyd, his wife Meghan of North Reading, Colleen Marino, her husband Michael of Chelmsford, Kasey Sulkey, her husband Joe of Woburn, Taylor Schwarz, her husband Derek of NM, Shane Guarino of Dunstable, Tommy, Hailey and Bridget Burke of Shirley.  Adored great-grandfather of Emma, Jack, Charlotte (ChaCha), Gracelyn and Ellie. He was pre-deceased by his son-in-law and friend, Bob Boyd, his grandson, Christopher Ward, and was the loving brother of the late June O’Donnell and Barbara Weber. 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Friday, August 27th from 3-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Beth Israel Lahey Hospice 800 W Cummings Park #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Friday, August 27th from 3-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Beth Israel Lahey Hospice 800 W Cummings Park #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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  1. May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Rest in peace Mr. O! Our love, thoughts and prayers are with the O’Donnell family during this difficult time – All our Love – the Boyds

  2. “Red” it’s my honor to have known and served with you; thanks to you and Johnny Richard’s for helping me into the Seabees. Rest in peace.

  3. Christie Erschen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. O’Donnell was such a handsome and friendly man. I fondly remember him speaking of my grandparents (the Sweeneys) and of the fun they had.

  4. Corinne and Artty Kinsman

    Joyce and family, our hearts are so sad at the thought of your loss. Jim was a gentle, caring and loving man. We know so many will miss him greatly. Our love to all of you. With heavy hearts and love, Corinne and Artty

  5. MaryAnn & Christian Daoust

    Dear Lynne, Gary and Family,
    We are so sad and sorry for your the loss of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are sending much love.
    MaryAnn & Christian

  6. William Sweeney

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was one of the nicest guys I knew. Jim was a great marksman. He was always telling me how it was my father who taught him how to shoot. I’m sure the two of them are teaching everybody else in heaven how to aim and get bullseyes.- Bill Sweeney

  7. Dear joyce and family. So sorry for your loss. He will be with his friend/cousin Gene now. Dont know of anyone that didnt love him. He was one of the kindest men i knew. (Marion Rich, Gene Sweeney’s daughter)

  8. Uncle Jim was a joyful and selfless man. With a large family of his own to care for.. he did not hesitate to pull close his best friend Dom’s family when they needed a Dad. He became a sarogat father to my husband, a Godfather and Grandfather to my sons. He never ran out of time patience or love.
    Jim was and continues to be the best example of unconditional LOVE!
    I will always be thankful love Laura

  9. Terri Battaglia

    Uncle Jim’s loss hurts as much as my Dads. We are so sorry and our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all ! He was one of the bests and will be truly missed forever . Love , The Battaglia’s ❤️

  10. Lynne and family
    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Linda and De

  11. Joanne & Scott Harkins

    We are saddened for the loss of such a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Donnell Family.

  12. Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D

    Maureen:
    Sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. My sympathies and prayers to and your family.

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