ROBERT “BOB” O’DONNELL, 83
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.