John Michael "John" O'Donnell

  • Born: May 21, 1969
  • Died: September 23, 2019
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Michael "John" O'Donnell of Stoneham passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 23, 2019. He was 50 years of age.

Born on May 21, 1969 in Melrose, John is the adored and loved son of Donna Paradiso and John O'Donnell and his wife Patsy. John is a warm and caring son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

John grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in the class of 1988. He loved cars, trucks and motorcycles. He raced motorcycles competitively in New Hampshire for 10 years. In 2002, John met the love of his life, Rachael at GBM and they got married in 2008. He absolutely loved his family. John could always be found at any of his kid's sports games cheering them on as their number 1 fan. He was a proud partner of his family business, O'Donnell Masonry.

John is the beloved husband for 11 years of Rachael (Cove) O'Donnell. He is the devoted father and best friend of Haley Cove and her boyfriend Tyler, John Michael O'Donnell II and Ellie O'Donnell. John is the dear brother of Richard O'Donnell and his girlfriend Luzmin Fernandez. He is the cherished grandfather of his future granddaughter. John is the doting uncle of Curtis O'Donnell, Katherine O'Donnell and Joseph Voto. He is the caring son in law of Robert and Lorraine Cove and the brother in law of Heather O'Donnell.

A Funeral Mass Celebrating John's Eternal Life will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 10am in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Friday, September 27th from 3-7pm in the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM. Parking attendants and elevator are available. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery Stoneham.

At the request of the family, please OMIT FLOWERS and direct donations to the O'Donnell Children's Educational Fund. Please make checks payable to FBO (For Benefit Of) O'Donnell Children c/o Rachael O'Donnell 482 Main St. Stoneham, MA 02180.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

He was always such a friendly kid in both junior and high school. His smile was always on his face even when he was up to no good. Shocked to learn, RIP.
Ellie Tedeschi *Descoteaux

Posted by ellie descoteaux - danville, NH - Friend   October 09, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! John was a true gentleman ,friend and the BEST neighbor. He loved you all so much and always talked about you all. His family was his whole world. He was always there for everyone. WE are all so saddened and in shock. He touched so many lives and we know our lives are richer for knowing him. May God pull you all through this most difficult time. We are here for you all. Love, Linda, David & DJ

Posted by Linda Arsenault - Stoneham, MA - Neighbor   September 27, 2019


"My thoughts and prayers are with all of John's friends and family during these rough times. John was and always will be a special person in the eyes and hearts of the people he touched. God Bless Him "

- David W Kyle, family friend, Billerica, Ma, 09/26/2019

Posted by David Kyle - Billerica, MA - Family Friend   September 26, 2019

I am so sorry for the family's loss
Keeping you all in my prayers
God Bless

Posted by Susan Barry - Friend   September 26, 2019

I am shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole O'Donnell family.

Posted by Scott Miller - Melrose, MA - Friend   September 25, 2019

To all of the O'Donnell family, my heart goes out to all of you. He was a kind and caring soul the will greatly be missed. You are all in my prayers. With deepest sympathy to all.

Posted by Judie Fairneny - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   September 25, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sorrowful time.

Posted by Chris and Amy Caruso - Hudson, NH - Friend   September 25, 2019

To the entire Family of John O'Donnell Jr. So sorry for your loss. May you find peace in memories and knowing that he will always be with us but in a different way. May his memory be eternal
Sincerely, Fran Fondulis family friend.

Posted by frances fondulis - melrose, MA - Family Friend   September 25, 2019

To the O'Donnell Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this most difficult time.
God Bless

Posted by Frank & Maura Goodhue - Windham, NH - Family Friend   September 25, 2019

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family

Posted by Jason Pappas - OOB, ME - Friend   September 25, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.....

Posted by Jacqui Thomas & Family - Stoneham, MA - Neighbor   September 25, 2019

My thoughts and prayers to John's family and friends.

Posted by Paul (Boney) Berube - Guatemala - Friend   September 25, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the O'Donnell family. We also include all of John's beloved friends. We always considered John a part of the Varney clan. He is very special to all of us. God Bless him. In sadness, Mr V

Posted by Bob Varney - melrose, MA - Family Friend   September 24, 2019

Love you, Uncle John. Im really sad this happened to you, but I know youll always be looking down at me.

Posted by Joey Voto - North Billerica, MA - family   September 24, 2019

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