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Obituary for Thomas J Donnelly

May 23, 2020
Rockland, Massachusetts


On Saturday, May 23, Thomas James Donnelly of Rockland and North Port, Florida passed away peacefully at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham at the age of 91. He was born in Jamaica Plain on April 23, 1929 to Thomas Donnelly and Mary Elizabeth Kaise. Tom was educated in the Boston Public Schools and served our country in the Marines and the Navy where he toured many countries aboard the U.S.S. Fargo.

He married Teresa Kelly in 1953 and they settled in Rockland and raised four children. After retiring from the City of Boston at the age of 61, he worked for many years and in many capacities for Holy Family Parish. He was an avid photographer and a very talented landscape artist and wood carver. He was also a skilled carpenter and an enthusiastic gardener. Tom was a very compassionate, humble man and spent countless hours volunteering for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at their food pantry to assist food insecure families. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, served as a council officer and was part of the honor guard. He always put others first.

He now rests with his wife, Teresa Kelly, his parents and his six siblings, Charlie, Grace, Madeline, Harry, Bill and Claire, his best friend, Phil Dion, and many other predeceased family members and friends. He leaves behind his greatly saddened children, Joseph Donnelly of Carver and his partner Ann Podolski, Maureen McQuiggan of Montpelier, Vermont and her husband Bill, Anne Cavanaugh of Rockland and her husband Tom and Peter Donnelly of Carver and his wife Susan.

"Papa" was dearly loved and will be missed by his grandchildren, Patrick, Michael, Joe, Mary T, Sean, Rosie, Emily, Kevin and Steven and his great grandchildren Bryce, Ada, Meg, Eloise and Helaina.

A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Pat Roche Hospice Home, 86 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA 02043.

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
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