Daniel A. O’Donnell, Jr
Daniel A. O’Donnell, Jr. died peacefully on May 10, 2015 at his home in Hamilton, NJ at the age of 90.
Dan is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Jean C. O’Rourke O’Donnell; daughter, Megan O’Donnell Russin and husband David Russin and their two sons, James and David of Tarrytown, NY; daughter, Maugha O’Donnell Kenny and husband Daniel Kenny and their two daughters Kaleigh and Bryn of Glen Rock, NJ; and son, Daniel J. O’Donnell and wife Megan Murphy O’Donnell and their four children, Jack, Sean, Flannery, and Grace of Hamilton, NJ. He is also survived by his sisters, Gertrude R. Brown Donze and Elizabeth Ann Richter, and numerous nieces and nephews that were very dear to his heart. He is preceded in death by his sister, Helen Anderson.
He was born on October 12, 1924 in Trenton, NJ to Daniel A. O’Donnell, Sr. and Gertrude Rutter O’Donnell. He was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, Trenton Catholic Boys High School, the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown Law School, and The Naval Intelligence School. He served in the US Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1946, and in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant.
Dan was a retired Superior Court Judge for the State of New Jersey. He started his legal career as a patent examiner in the US Patent Office. He went on to practice law and was partner in several firms in Mercer County from 1955 to 1971. After that, he was appointed to the State Superior Court by Governor William Cahill and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1991.
Dan was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in West Trenton, NJ and more recently St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown, NJ. He served as a Trustee for Our Lady of Good Counsel and sat on several committees for the Diocese of Trenton under Bishop Reiss and Bishop Smith. Dan was an avid golfer and was affectionately known as “Duffer Dan”. He was a life-long, passionate fan of Notre Dame and the Detroit Tigers. He also thoroughly enjoyed the friendship shared with his lunch crew over the last 40 years, first at the Round Table at Tony Kall’s in Trenton, and most recently on Tuesdays at Sal DeForte’s in Ewing.
Calling hours are on Thursday, May 14th, from 4 to 8pm at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ on Friday, May 15th, at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dan’s honor to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628
Posted on 11 May 2015 by MFH