William Edward O'Donnell

September 26, 1917May 5, 2018

South Dennis-William Edward O’Donnell, 100, of South Dennis, passed away on May 5, 2018. Born in Lansford, PA, he was the son of the late John and Sarah (Dale) O’Donnell.

William proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a proud recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, and has had articles written about him written in the Patriot Ledger and Cape Cod Times.

After serving his country, William married his loving wife Esther (Young) O’Donnell in 1949. Bill would go on to receive his Masters Degree from Boston College in 1954, and another Masters form UMass Boston in 1960. From 1962 to 1984 he taught math at South Boston High School. Bill enjoyed participating in programs at the Dennis Senior Center, and volunteered at Carney Hospital in Boston, Cape Cod Hospital, and Epoch of Brewster and Harwich. He was a past Member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans Association.

William is survived by his children Eugene O’Donnell, David O’Donnell, Kevin O’Donnell, and William O’Donnell, Jr., Sheila Foy, and Barbara McKinnon; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 728 Rt 134, S. Dennis, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA. Interment with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA 02631.


  • John and Sarah (Dale) O’Donnell, Parents
  • Esther (Young) O’Donnell, Wife
  • Eugene O’Donnell, Son
  • David O’Donnell, Son
  • Kevin O’Donnell, Son
  • William O’Donnell, Jr., Son
  • Sheila Foy Foy, Daughter
  • Barbara McKinnon, Daughter
  • William is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  • Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church



  • Visitation Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 9, 2018


  • Burial

William Edward O'Donnell

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Bil Kennedy

May 7, 2018

My condollences to the O"Donnell family on the passing of the father Bill O"Donnell. I remember Mr. O'Donnell deligently carrying his books and conducting his Sunday School classes at St. Francis Church in Braintree. I am sure I had Mr. O'Donnell for one or more such classes. His was a patient man who sought as I recall to teach his faith to others. At the time we were students we never really appreciated such teaching. What I especially remember is how firm he was in holding on to his faith. He also of course had to have a great deal of patience which I am sure that all who knew him greatly appreciated.

My sincerest condolences to Mr. O"Donnell's family and friends. May he rest in peace.