Robert E. O'Donnell
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Valrico, Fla. - Robert E. O'Donnell, 82, entered into eternal rest on Dec. 16, 2010, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1928, to Leo and Margaret (Finn) O'Donnell in New London.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Fitzgerald.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Agnes (Foster); his son, Terrance of Palm Harbor, Fla.; granddaughter, Kelly of New Port Richey, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Driver; his brother, Leo O'Donnell (Grace) of Niantic; a niece, Kathy Poblete (Tom) of New London; many cousins and friends.

Bob proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Artillery, going to Japan with the first Occupational Force under General MacArthur. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal-Japan. Bob attained his bachelor of arts degree in accounting at Bryant University in Providence in 1950. He was payroll administrator for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division for 38 years and then retired to Florida in 1989.

He was a charter and life member of the Order of Elks #2163 in Groton, a life member of the VFW #6287, a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3566, a proud member of the Amvets #26, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1880, and an American Legion member of Post 0400 in Florida. Bob also was a past president of the Electric Boat Athletics Club, initiating many programs such as the Retirees Club.

There are no services or memorials at this time. Bob will be honored at a later date in Connecticut with a celebration of life and his ashes will be buried in Colonel Ledyard Cemetery.

No flowers, please. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.



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Published in The Day on Dec. 24, 2010.
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January 18, 2011
Dear Agnes: My condolences to you and the family. I remember cousin Bobby from my childhood as a very warm and up-beat person. My thoughts are with you,
Marguerite
January 15, 2011
Agnes, Terry and family:
We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Bill has fond memories of his New London Cousins and the good times that the O'Donnell families shared many years ago.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Carmela and Bill O'Donnell
Mystic, Ct.
Bill & Carmela O'Donnell
January 9, 2011
I was very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and I enjoyed working with for many years at Electric Boat.
Take care.
Bill Pedace
December 27, 2010
My Condolences to you and Terry. Mr O'Donnell was good boss I only got to work for him for a short while before he retire from the Payroll Dept. at EB.
Sylvia Porter
December 27, 2010
My Dear Friend Agnes: I will always remember Bob and the fun times we had together. Friday nights at the Eagle's Club will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carol Brzezinski
December 27, 2010
My sympathy to Agnes and Terry and family. Our families shared a lot of laughterand love and Sports. He is coaching in heaven now. Donna Law Currie
Donna Currie
December 26, 2010
My deepest regrets to the O'Donnell family. Many good memories come to mind when I think of this man, as a husband,a father, a softball coach and last but not least a gentleman. God Bless.
Duke Avery
December 25, 2010
Our Condolences to the Agnes and Terry. We will miss Robert we were looking at pictures of the EB ball team with Robert Joe and PoP Bruce Hazel and I will keep you in our prayers God Bless You.
Debra Pearce
December 24, 2010
My Condolences to the O'D0nnell family. We had laughs, good times & many victory wins for the EBAC FAST Pitch Softball Team. He was a great Coach & It was an Honor to play for him.

Joe Harcut, Quaker Hill, CT.
December 24, 2010
My Condolences to the family; knew Bobby well from EB. He was a great guy and I'm saddened to read about him. God Bless
David Rathbun
December 24, 2010
Sorry to hear about Bob We had a lots of good times together with to ebac Also are prays with you and the family
may god bless you at this time .

love from friends of the past Joe & Rose Lavoie
December 24, 2010
Mrs. O'Donnell & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! I have fond memories of Mr. O'Donnell as we watched countless baseball games! Nancy Murray
Nancy Woodmansee
December 24, 2010
Mrs. O'Donnell & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! I have lots of fond memories spending time with you & Mr. O'Donnell while watching countless baseball games!! Nancy Murray Woodmansee
Nancy Woodmansee
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