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Official Obituary of

Richard D. O'Donnell

December 21, 1951 ~ April 9, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Richard O'Donnell Obituary

Richard D. O'Donnell, 71, of Peabody MA, formerly of Everett MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on April 9, 2023 after a brave battle with cancer. 

Richard was the son of the late Joseph H and Theresa (Banville) O'Donnell.  He leaves behind his wife  Joan (Doherty) O'Donnell, with whom he shared 47 wonderful years of marriage.  His daughter Siobhan (O'Donnell) Roma of Peabody her husband Michael granddaughters Erin and Sarah.  His son Bryan of Norfolk, Virginia and his wife Rebekah and grandson Richard.

Richard is also survived by a brother Fred, and sisters Judi (O'Donnell) Loose and Maureen (O'Donnell) Fahey.  As well as a large extended family and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was happily retired from Verizon where he worked for over 40 years.  He was an avid gardner and could be found often tending to his vegetables.  When not in his garden, Richard could be also found relaxing in his happy place, Aruba, or enjoying a cup of clam chowder on Cape Cod.  He also had a skill to cook comfort food for his family and they will miss this on holidays.  Deeply committed to his family, Richard also went by Coach Rich when he coached his children in Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football and Peabody Youth Soccer.  When his grandchildren came along, Richard attended every sport game and dance recital.  His true joy was the love he had for his family.

An avid Boston sports fan, he was always faithful to the Boston Red Sox - even when they were losing.  

A memorial and burial service will be held at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody MA  This Friday 4/14 at 12:30pm - gather at main driveway entrance at 12:15pm

The family request that memorial donations be made in Richard's name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at

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Graveside Service
April 14, 2023

12:30 PM
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
Lake St
Peabody, MA 01960

Please note
Gather at driveway at entrance. 12:15pm


Care Dimensions Hospice
75 Sylvan St. B102, Danvers MA 01923


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