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Robert O'Donnell 09/02/2016


NORTH ATTLEBORO - Bob O’Donnell of North Attleboro, joined our Lord on Friday September 2nd after a brave 14-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Bob grew up in West Mansfield in an old 1700’s former stagecoach inn on the old Boston Post Road. He was the youngest of 10 children and his parents, John O’Donnell and Ellen Herlihy O’Donnell (both deceased) were Irish immigrants. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Signe Myette O’Donnell, his son Robert R. O’Donnell and his daughter Deborah O’Donnell Scanlon and her husband John Scanlon.

He is survived by his 3 loving grandchildren: Meghan, Colleen & Brendan Scanlon. He is also survived by his sister Eileen O’Donnell of Englewood, FL and predeceased by his sisters: Margaret Miller, Anne Norteman, Helen Meegan, Mary Robinson and by his brothers: James O’Donnell, John O’Donnell, Edward O’Donnell and William O’Donnell. Bob is also survived by several wonderful nieces and nephews.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1951-1955 and traveled with the Navy to Hawaii, Japan and spent 2 years serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He loved telling stories of his Navy days to anyone he met, especially to a fellow Navy man.

Bob worked for the Attleboro Manufactoring/Mantrose Hauser Corp in Attleboro for 27 years until joining his wife at O’Donnell Realty in North Attleboro as a very popular Realtor. He loved listing and selling real estate and had a special paternal affection towards helping first time home buyers.  His kind-hearted humorous and engaging personality made him fast friends with anyone he would meet.

Bob loved country music, dancing, the slots, golf and traveling to many a warm beach destination with his wife and best friend, Signe. He loved his Boston Red Sox! His framed photo of Fenway Park and World Series plaques were always displayed proudly in his den. Most of all, Bob cherished his family. He was an incredible husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend.

The last two years of his life were spent in the loving care of the fabulous nurses, doctors and staff at LifeCare in Attleboro. A special shout out to his friends Ryan, Mary, Ashley, Stacey, Donna and Bodo who went above and beyond to care for him. They were his second family. We will forever be grateful for your kindness and friendship to him and his family.

Visitation will be on Thursday Sept. 8 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday, September 9 at 9am followed by a Mass at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church on Park St. in North Attleboro. Burial with full military honors will be at the National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Parkinsons Place at: https://www.gofundme.com/9bwvr74c or by visiting their website at http://rocksteadyboxingne.com.



#12 Kathy Condon 2016-09-12 20:52
So sorry , sending thoughts and prayers - i got Deb's message just today as i was out of town all last week....
#11 Carol Leonard 2016-09-08 19:47
My sympathy to all the family.
#10 Joyce Verna 2016-09-07 19:13
You probably don't remember me, I worked in real estate late 70's and 80's in your area. I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember Bob for the short time that I met him.
#9 Marge and Fred Garie 2016-09-07 00:14
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow, may he rest in peace.
#8 Judy Maloney 2016-09-06 20:15
I am so sorry for your loss! I am praying for all of you! Mr O'Donnell was a great man and his memory will live on with all of the lives he had touched.
#7 Ros & David Cooper 2016-09-06 17:49
Signe & Bob, You changed our lives. Our memories of those days are vivid and wonderful! Our hearts go out to you and the family. Remember how much you are loved always. Thinking of you with love
#6 Sheilah Conceison 2016-09-06 16:30
I always thought of Bob O'Donnell as being a big, handsome man, with a great smile and a twinkle in his eye. So glad to have know him in his real estate days. My love to Signe, Debbie and their family.
#5 Gregg Paulhus 2016-09-06 13:14
Deb and family,

Our sincere condolences to you and your entire family during this sad time. God Bless.
All of us at Paulhus Brothers Floorcovering Co.
#4 Louise Vose 2016-09-06 09:24
So sorry to hear about the lost of your husband, my deepest sympathy to all your family during this difficult time. Keep the Faith, and remember memories are one gift of God the death can not destroy.
#3 Tina Golant 2016-09-06 05:15
Bob loved to laugh .and was fun to do a real estate showing with
Signe,you have many wonderful memories that will be with you alwaysi
You will be in my prayers and thoughts.
#2 Stacey Golant-Susi 2016-09-05 17:46
Signe , Bobby , Deb & family-
Sending you prayers, love & strengtg at this difficult time. I remember Bob on many Real Estate showings, his quick wit & dry sense of humor always made a showing more fun. He lived a wonderful full life and has now been relieved of his pain & suffering.
Know rhat he is always with you in spirit.
#1 Elena Ganem 2016-09-05 17:18
Since I was a little girl, I remember you as a strong and happy man who loved your family most of all. God rest your soul. You will be missed. xoxoxo

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