1948 – 2022

JOHN KENNETH O’DONNELL,74, passed away peacefully at home on September 6, 2022 surrounded by his loving wife, Delia and daughter, Colleen Elizabeth.

John was born in Evanston, Illinois to his parents John and Marie O’Donnell (nee Gawler) on August 13,1948. The family returned to NJ where John lived his entire life.

John graduated from St Philomena grammar school (Aquinas Academy), Essex Catholic High School, and William Paterson College with an MS with honors in Criminal Justice and Urban Education. He has numerous certifications and training in both the public and private sector. John proudly served in the US Navy from 1968-72 completing his honorable service on the USS Intrepid and the USS Yorktown, and is a charter member of their Associations today supporting former crewmembers and our Veterans. Upon his return from Service, John joined the Livingston Police Department in 1973, where he proudly served the community through 2010, achieving the rank of Captain, and as a teacher in the public school system and the Police Academy. John followed his retirement by continuing his service at Stevens Institute of Technology Police Department, and public safety for Children at Golda Ochs, Kushner Academy, and several schools and religious institutions. John was a leader, teacher, mentor and passionate and loving friend to all who knew him. He was committed to a life of helping others and those in need. His kindness and strength be with us always as a testament to a life well lived.

John married Delia (nee Grob) at St Philomena’s Church in 1978. Their daughter Colleen Elizabeth completed their family and they had a joyful life filled with wonder, adventure, laughter and love. He is survived by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Barnett (Robert) and was pre-deceased by sister Diane Feltey (Thomas) and his brother Kevin O’Donnell (Debbie). He was proud to be loving “Uncle John” in his family and community.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at Saint Philomena Church on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Philomena Church or Livingston PBA Local #263. Quinn Hopping Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Live streaming of the funeral Mass is available at: https://boxcast.tv/view/funeral-mass-for-john-odonnell-cqse1bbahmrnxdmvqqkw

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.quinnhoppingfuneral.com for the O’Donnell family.