Joseph J. O’Donnell

April 19, 1944 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Joseph O’Donnell Obituary

Joseph J. O’Donnell- of Boston, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 7, 2024. Beloved husband for 53 years of Katherine (Kelliher). Loving father of Kate O’Donnell and her fiancé Ryan Glines of Boston, Casey Buckley and her husband Michael of Brookline, and the late Joey O’Donnell. Devoted “GoGo” of Blair and JD Buckley. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph I. and Teresa (Cavicchi) O’Donnell, and his brothers Neil and Dennis O’Donnell. He is survived by his sister in law Mary O’Donnell, brother in law Richard Kelliher and his wife Joan, his nephews Dennis, Jonathan, Timothy, and Alexander O’Donnell, Paul Kelliher, his niece Janet Elwell, and many grand nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Memorial Church (1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge)  https://memorialchurch.harvard.edu/ on Friday January 12th at 12pm noon. Parking will be available in the Soldiers Field Parking Garage at Harvard Business School (accessed via Kresge Way off of Western Ave). Shuttles will be provided from Soldiers Field Parking to Memorial Church, and back, beginning at 10:30am. The Celebration of Life will be live streamed in Klarman Hall (at HBS) by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX331Leffc8. A reception will immediately follow the Memorial at the Williams Room at Harvard Business School, filled with all of Joe’s favorite foods.

Please omit flowers. Any gifts in memory of Joe should be directed to The Joey Fund, at www.joeyfund.org or via The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (220 North Main Street Suite 104, Natick, MA. 01760. 508-655-6000).


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Celebration of Life
January 12, 2024

12:00 PM
Memorial Church at Harvard University
One Harvard Yard
Camrbidge, MA 02138

January 12, 2024

1:00 PM
Williams Room at Harvard Business School,
Soldiers Field (accessed via Kresge Way off of Western Ave)
Boston, MA 02163


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