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Robert S. O'Donnell, 86

Worcester - Robert Stanton O'Donnell passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016, with family by his side. He was 86 years old.

He was the husband of Joan E. (Chosta) O'Donnell, who died in 1979, after only 28 years of marriage and devoted friendship. Their beloved son, James Barry O'Donnell, died of leukemia on the Fourth of July in 1961, at the age of 5. Their lives as parents were forever altered at that time. Prior to his death and during his recent illness our father never failed to include our brother Jimmy in discussing his children.

Bob is survived by four children, Joan E. O'Donnell and her husband Stan Hooley of Park City, Utah, William B. O'Donnell, his wife Patricia of Dennis Port, and their children Geoffrey and Kelsey, Sharon Griffin, her husband Wayne of Worcester, and their children Jonathan, Drew, and Abigail, Diane Bombard, her husband Michael of Holden, and their children, James, and Garrett, and his wife Sarah (Hanley), and their son, Vincent Edward. He also leaves a sister in law, Marlene O'Donnell, of Shrewsbury, sister in law, Kathleen Palardis, of Sun City Center, Florida, brother in law Thomas Chosta, of Worcester, and his half-sister Elizabeth Menkhaus, of West Chester Township, Ohio, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his brother Val, "Sonny", his brother, David, and his dear sister, Helene "Claire" Sousa.

Bob was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, son of Valentine J. O'Donnell Jr. and Agnes (Sullivan) O'Donnell and moved to Worcester at a young age. He was proud to be a fifth generation Irish-American. His Irish ancestors came to Massachusetts from Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland in 1852.

He graduated in 1949 from Worcester Boys Trade High School where he was an outstanding basketball player and team Captain. Following high school he started his career as an apprentice tool maker. He eventually rose to become general manager of Progressive Tool and Die, a fifty-man machine shop located in Shrewsbury. Then in 1969, Bob founded Stanton Tool & Mfg. Inc. and in 1981 he acquired VIMM Machine Inc., retiring after selling both businesses in 2001.

He was named to the All-City basketball team by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and was later inducted into the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He was very active in the starting of the Joe Schwartz Little League and was a coach for many years, including coaching the Dairimaid Ice Cream baseball team to a city wide championship in 1957. The "unbelievable nine", played 26 games during the season and won them all. In a tribute poem to the city champions Bob was mentioned to be, "A man to whom life's greatest joy is helping out some growing boy."

Bob loved his grandchildren dearly, and was always present for sporting events and other activities. He also enjoyed when he was able to visit with Vincent, his first great-grandchild. He loved him dearly and always looked forward to spending time with him. He especially enjoyed and was fascinated about how easily photos and videos of Vincent could be shared through social media due to the distance between them.

It wasn't until retirement that he allowed himself to travel and experience new adventures such as white water rafting, cruising to Alaska, and hiking Arches National Park. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Pleasant Valley Country Club. Sports always played a major part of his life. He loved getting together with family and friends to share fond memories and laughs, especially with the infamous "lunch bunch" at The Northworks Restaurant.

Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester will be Monday, March 28 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. The funeral will be held Tuesday, March 29, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St, Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38103.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 24 to Mar. 27, 2016.
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April 9, 2016
Our families are so very grateful for the comforting words of condolence on the death of our father, Bob. Your contributions to this guestbook are a comfort to us and it means a great deal to read your heartfelt expressions of sympathy.
Sincere regards,
Sharon, Joanie, Diane, Brian and our families
April 6, 2016
With deepest sympathy for the loss of your father.
Brian & Kathy
Katie, Kristin, and Kelly Beriau
Brian Beriau
March 30, 2016
To the O'Donnell Family ...Sharyn, Wayne, Diane, Michael, Joanie please accept our sincere condolences...We will miss Bob... Your neighbors..
Mario & Marilyn DiGioia
March 28, 2016
RIP dear friend. Sympathy and love sent to his children and family. Working for Bob was a wonderful experience of friendship. Together again with your Joan and son James.
Mary Seferi
March 27, 2016
As Kay Toomey Barrett's oldest son, I talked to her much-admired cousin Bobby at family events and was always impressed with his smile, his charm, his wit. He was clearly a wonderful son, husband, dad and grand-dad. May I express my extended family's esteem for Bobby and sympathy for his family.
Michael Barrett
March 27, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.Darya
March 27, 2016
My condolences to the O'Donnell Family on the passing of your Dad, Robert. May the many fond and loving memories of him bring you comfort and lots of smiles.
Mary Pine Beadle
March 25, 2016
To all my O'Donnell cousins and families:
Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your Dad. Bob was such a great guy and we had so many laughs thru the years. He and Joanie went thru difficult heart breaking times when they lost Jimmy. Then when Bob lost Joanie, he was broken but he had you children, and you helped each other get through it all. Now he is with his loved ones in a safe comforting place. May you all be blessed with the grace and mercy of Our Lord, and may your Dad, one of the finest people I have ever known, Rest in peace. He was one of the best! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

My very best to all of you,
Jane Salome-Pouliot
March 25, 2016
Sending sympathy and love to the entire family of Bob. We were blessed to have known him and be a part of his extended family. May he rest in peace reunited with those he loved so dearly. May you all find comfort during this very sad and difficult time knowing that you have so many wonderful memories to cherish.
With our love....Pam, Brian, Kristin, Brian Jr. & Matt
March 25, 2016
March 25, 2016
Always enjoyed Bob's quiet presence at the Northworks. He as always so kind to me. Mary Ann Palumbo (Hostess at NW)
March 25, 2016
I did not know this man but reading his obituary and the story of his life I feel like I did. I was a valet parking attendant at PV in the late 70's and early 80's and put myself through UConn that way. I loved the members as they were very good to me and I like to think I was very good to them. I was captain of my high school basketball team at Sutton. On Holy Friday I am sure that God is embracing Bob. May he rest in peace. You are so lucky to have had him in your lives.
Michael Towle
March 25, 2016
My dear friend Bobby. We shared 14 yrs together 4 days a wk twice a day... I miss those times. When he wouldn't show up I would call him and say where are you? It was a routine. If he did something wrong he would just say "I am grandfathered in". May you rest in peace now my friend and my best to the family at this time of sorrow. Love you Bobby and you are now with many friends. Xoxo
Laurie & Bruce Thoren
March 25, 2016
Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace Bob.
Pat & Dennis Brennan
March 25, 2016
Diane and Mike and all of your family, my condolences to you all. I am especially touched by the love between Bob and little Vincent.
Martha Hanley
March 25, 2016
Great Dad, great Mom, great family!
Pamela Bolick (Russell)
March 25, 2016
Bob was such a dear friend of mine for many years I have missed our luncheons together at The Northworks with all our Lunch Bunch friends..I am very grateful to Saron who kept us "with him" during his illness...our thoughts are with his whole family during this difficult time....Joy and Ralph Hall
March 24, 2016
Uncle Bob I love you and miss you, your home now ,we all will be together again one day .Sharon ,Diane everybody ,I wish I could be there to give you all a hug ,soon ok? take care of each other .God Bless
Joey korsak
March 24, 2016
Thinking of you Sharon and family at this time. You are an amazing daughter taking care of your dad. I hope I follow your example. Love Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
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