OBITUARY

Edward Vincent O'Donnell

May 13, 1962February 8, 2021

Edward Vincent O’Donnell, known by most as Eddie O, passed away suddenly at his home on February 8th, 2021. He was 58 years young.

Ed grew up in Montclair, NJ and always shared how much he loved spending his childhood there, especially spending time with one of his biggest influences Pete Seabron. Ed then moved to Rockaway, NJ where he started his family. He later moved to Livingston, NJ where he continued to grow his family and spent the last 21 years. Ed was a contractor for more than 40 years and was affiliated with Pella Windows throughout his career, otherwise known as the Pella Fella.

Ed was a third-degree member and a new officer of the Columbian Association of the Knights of Columbus in Livingston, NJ. He was also a member of the Livingston Elks and the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in West Orange, NJ. Ed was a faithful member of St Philomena’s parish in Livingston.

Anyone who knew Eddie O knew he was always the life of the party. He loved spending time in Maine with his family and having many backyard BBQs. Ed loved to go on fishing trips, snowmobiling trips or spend time golfing with his many friends. He truly enjoyed his life and would always say, “What do you call this? Livin!” Ed was a very kind soul to everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

Ed was grateful and lucky to have finally found and met his paternal side of the family thanks to his cousin Daisha Green.

Ed was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth Cepeda and father Robert Edward Schofield. He is survived by his beloved wife JoAnne “Jokid” (Curry) O’Donnell of Livingston, NJ. He is also survived by his loving children Christina O’Donnell of Hamilton, NJ, Paige Barkley and her husband Rick of Rockaway, NJ, Renae O’Donnell of Rockaway and Eddie, Erin and Molly of Livingston, NJ. His siblings John Torres of Phoenix, AZ, Robert Scofield of Scottsdale, AZ, Staci Cornelius and her husband Lance of Milford, DE and Todd Schofield and his wife Sue of Roseville, CA. As well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Anyone who would like to share a memory of Eddie O can do so on the Facebook page group called “Remembering Ed O’Donnell”.

A celebration of Eddie O’s life will take place at a later date.

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Francine O'Connell

February 24, 2021

Dear Joanne and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

With sympathy,
Francine O’Connell


Ange Curry

February 20, 2021

Uncle Ed was always a lively and bright person to be around. He always filled the room with laughter, joy, and love. He was always fun to be around because he was always making jokes and making everyone laugh. I’m going to miss him very much!

Paul Curry

February 20, 2021

“Things I will miss about Ed: Anytime Ed said goodbye, it was either one of two ways: in person with a giant bear hug or on the phone, and if it was on the phone, he would always end with, “See you later, kid. Be good.” Whenever Ed and I were in Maine together, he would always say, “I wonder what the poor people are doing today.” This has become such a common phrase that it has rubbed off on all of us, and we say it all the time. If I was ever with Ed and sang along to a song on the radio, he would ask, “Hey Paul, do you know who sings this song?” and when I’d name the singer, he’d come back saying “Let’s keep it that way!” Now if the situation were reversed and Ed was singing along, I would ask that same question, and he would always respond by saying “Yeah, me!” I will miss Thursday Kielbasa sandwiches at Zagursky’s Bar and Grill and Friday night pool tournaments until the AM. He was the best pool player I ever played against, and if I ever did beat him in a game of pool, I’d be excited, jumping up and down and Ed would just stand there and smile. BUT, next round, he usually would run the table and look at me, and say, “Now that’s how it’s done.” Just like a pro at pool, he could hit a golf ball a mile. One time in Maine we went golfing with my boy’s and my father in-law, Rocky. Rocky was a big golfer, and I told him to watch when Ed was up at the first tee. Ed hit the ball and all Rocky could say was “holy shit.”



EDDIE-O, my life was much better because you were in it, so I’ll see you later, kid. BE GOOD.”

Marty Lederman

February 18, 2021

Eddie O - From the first day I met you, I knew we would be friends forever. From fishing to hanging out and having a few. I will cherish all the memories and miss all your phone calls..calling me Moishe, Avi and many more. Eddie - you were the funniest guy in the world and truly one of a kind. One thing you need to know - I am so glad I saved your voicemails and I will treasure them for the rest of my life. "Love you Brother" - as we always ended our time together. Go Cowboys. RIP my friend. Love, Marty
(Pic of the fishing crew - OL' Salty II June 2020)

Scott Foster

February 17, 2021

I knew Joanne since kindergarten and we were always friends. We grew up on the same street and sometimes walked home from school together. When She married Eddie, he and I became good friends and our friendship grew closer over the years. Eddie O was a larger than life guy that people just gravitated towards. He was an awesome guy and a guy I was proud to call my friend. We had some big plans for this upcoming year, he was planning on joining the free masons (which I’m part of) and I was going to join the knights of Columbus (that he was part of). He also talked about getting another motorcycle and we were planning on going riding during the summer. I’m sad that we won’t be able to do any of that, but I’m happy to have been a part of his life. Eddie O, until our paths cross again, Rest In Peace my brother!! Joanne, I’m here for you whenever you need me!

Marc Schubert

February 16, 2021

Schub boopity boop bop, my red headed step child! That’s the greeting I would get from the one and only Eddie O. Fulfilled with energy and always a positive attitude, there was never a dark cloud above your head. Growing up becoming friends with Eddie and Erin through sports, school, and many other things, big Ed and I grew a bond. A friendship. The jokes, the phone calls. No one can beat Ed’s. All the time Ive spent with the O’Donnell’s from trips to Maine, helping out the pella fella in the city, to the countless fishing trips...lets not forget the cold beers! this made me realize they are all family. And family will always be there for each other. All the good people, friends and memories I’ve made through/with Ed will be cherished and never forgotten. RIP Big Ed, hope your kickin back and enjoying a cold one up there and I’ll see you soon! Endless love and hugs for my O’donnell family. 🙏🏻❤️One of the strongest families I know💪🏻!
(Pic of Ed reeling in a biggie on one of our last trips)

Bernadette Condon

February 15, 2021

We are so very sorry and heartbroken for your tremendous loss. Although we only just met Ed this year, his love of life was apparent- Always had the biggest smile and exuded happiness and positivity. We feel lucky to have met him, and only wish we got to know him better. Keeping you all in our prayers during this most difficult time.
Sincerely,
The Condons

Daniel Capozzoli

February 15, 2021

Went on golf trips with Edie, he had a larger then life personality who lived life to the fullest.
Although I hadn’t seen him in a number of years he will be missed!

Lynda Zarillo

February 14, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. My heart goes out o Joann and and the whole family. Many prayers for all of you.
May you find comfort with all the memories you have made and all the love in your heart that you keep forever.
Love from Lynda Zarillo & Family

Mindy Greenberg

February 13, 2021

What an amazing guy as everyone says. Kind ....funny ...always happy and smiling. I was lucky enough to meet him and Joanne and their kids Through my kids and they quickly became great friends. Some of the best people I know

FROM THE FAMILY