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Joseph O'Donnell Jr.

August 25, 1984November 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Joseph J. O'Donnell, 36, a lifelong resident of Danbury. Born August 25, 1984, he was the loving husband of Chrissy Weaver O'Donnell and soon-to-be father of the baby boy, Joseph Robert due in April. Joey had truly embraced the good life with his marriage to Chrissy and was so excited to start their family.

Joey was a member of Local Union 777; a welder and pipefitter. He graduated from Danbury High School in 2002 where he was a cross-country runner, wrestler, and track athlete. Joey "O" was the 'Ocean Slayer,' and loved living on the edge, ATV riding and, most of all, fishing and hunting, his passion for which he shared with all those he held dear. He was most kind to the many friends who came into his life, exhibiting a constant willingness to help anyone in need, no matter the task.

Joey will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Chrissy, and their expected son, Joseph Robert, and his furry friend Mikey. He will also be deeply missed by his mother and stepfather, Cathy and Roger Redman, his father Joe O'Donnell, and his brother, Timmy. Also painfully saddened by his loss are his uncles and aunts Joe and Lisa Rosato, Jim and Anna Rosato, Diane and Craig Refosco, Bob O'Donnell and Kellie Seifert, and his cousins Jennifer, Matthew and wife, Katie, Mallory and her husband Graciano, David, Jimmy and wife Valery, Susie Cecil, husband Jim, Anthony, Nicole, Tom, Chris, Aiden, Mitchel, Lexie, and Logan. Joe is also survived by his inlaws, Robert N. and Jane Weaver, brothers-in-law, Tommy Weaver, Bobby Weaver, and his wife Amber, as well as Great Aunt Mary-Lou, Great Aunt AnnaMarie Curran, and Great Uncle Emil and wife Joyce Curran, extended family, and many dear friends.

Joey is predeceased by his grandparents, Joe and Jean Rosato, Joseph and Barbara O'Donnell as well as his brother Michael O'Donnell.

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Sal and Cathy Ruscitti

December 1, 2020


Our deepest sympathy to Joey’s family. It is with fond memories that we remember when Joey was a young boy spending time with his grandparents Jean and Joe at their boat in Niantic. We spent time together fishing, clamming crabbing and later years some hunting. Last time we saw Joey was at a gathering at Jimmy’s house. Joey was a great person and taken away from this world too soon.
We are so very sorry and keeping you all in our hearts and prayers.

Maria Ferreira

November 24, 2020

It's simply an incomprehensible, heartbreaking event of faith, leaving anyone drained of sense or energy what so ever.

Joey lived on our road and seeing him in his driveway while driving by his house 2 wks. ago, I stopped to ask him a question. I wondered if a little kitten I saw loose on the road belonged to him. Answer was no but he'd keep an eye out for it. Joey was so friendly, willing to help and dressed in underwear which made me giggle (inward of course). My husband Elio and I are simply devastated to receive the news. We have known the Rosado family since high school. Our deepest condolences to the family and God's Blessings to Joey's unborn child.

Bob Platt

November 18, 2020

When I first met Joe I new he was a special person. Always a smile, quick witted and helpful to everyone. He was talented with working with wood as he was with steel. Fondly remembered and missed even now.

Warren and Barbara Gordon

November 18, 2020

We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Linda Kovacs

November 18, 2020

With heartfelt condolences to the entire family..

Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

May you find peace, comfort, and strength in the love and memories shared together.

With our deepest sympathy
The Kovacs Family

Susan Knapp

November 18, 2020

Joey was our long time neighbor and friend. Always smiling, always kind, loving and so much fun to be around. Joey was the first one to stop in when we first moved to Long Ridge Rd. many years ago and offer to help if we ever needed it. A tragic loss. My heart breaks for his wife, baby to come, family and friends. Joey touched all of our lives in a positive way. We will always keep Joey in our hearts.

Greg O'Brien

November 18, 2020

Dear Joe,

I am truly sorry for the devastating loss of your son. Joey was an amazing guy and it was my distinct honor to know him! Joey had an incredible zest for life and was a wonderful man who touched many lives, while adding humor, kindness, joy and light to the world around him.

Joey’s amazing spirit and goodness shall remain with you always. It is time to truly celebrate his life and from this day forward, the stars will forever shine brighter!

I sincerely hope that countless memories of life, love and laughter shared, will carry you through this very difficult time. I also hope that this poem will offer some comfort to you and all of Clan O’Donnell. Sláinte!

Softly Sprinkled Rain
By Greg O'Brien

A flower closes
as it dances on a twilight breeze
the clouds float by
as the sun says goodnight
and nothing seems changed
as the glow fades from sight
But this day is different
because of one silenced voice
a loved one has left us
and we’re faced with a choice
Do we renew our faith
and be thankful for time
or simply grieve with questions
and look for a sign
For it can be easy to show anger
or perhaps to feel blame
but instead simply remember
as you whisper their name
Strive to remember the joy
of the laughter once shared
and to make them a promise
that they’ll always be here
That you will include them in thought
as each new day dawns
whispering their name softly
as each day rolls on
For they will surely return this favor
as they help ease your pain
by opening flowers with gentle breezes
and softly sprinkled rain

Forrest Horton

November 17, 2020

Joey always treated people with respect. If I hadn't seen Joey for a while when I did see him it was like yesterday. I will miss him dearly .Happy Fishing.

Pege Payne

November 16, 2020

Cathy and family and am so very sorry to hear of Joey's passing. Prayers and positive thoughts for you and your family.

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