YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - John P. O'Donnell, a former self-employed contractor of Yorktown Heights, died Oct. 11 at Ocean County Medical Center in New Jersey. He was 55.
O'Donnell, who lived in Yorktown Heights for the majority of his life and moved to Sea Girt, N.J. five years ago, was born in Brooklyn to Raymond P. and Marion P. (Staunton) O'Donnell. He graduated from Yorktown High School and served as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force.
He continued his education, receiving his bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master's degree from Western Connecticut State University. He worked as an accountant for IBM for 10 years but discovered his real passion was in history.
After receiving a Master's degree in history and earning a teaching certification, he taught social studies on a Native American reservation in Tuscon, Ariz.
O'Donnell enjoyed golfing with his father and his nieces and nephews, as well as reading. His passions included the New York Yankees and his dog, Bo.
He is survived by his father Raymond, his brothers Raymond T. O'Donnell and Michael S. O'Donnell and his sisters Kathleen Belli and Margaret Taylor. He was predeceased by his mother Marion and his brother Brian J. O'Donnell.
Services will be held in New Jersey. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at O'Brien Funeral Home in Wall, N.J. The funeral mass is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Church in Sea Girt, followed by entombment at St. Catharine's Cemetery in Sea Girt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or VNA of Central Jersey, Attn: Development Office, 176 Riverdale Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701.
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