John F. McDonnell

  • Born: August 15, 1939
  • Died: October 11, 2020
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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John F. McDonnell, 81, died Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the loving husband of 57 years of Kathleen M. (Hough) McDonnell. Born in Boston, he was raised in Roxbury and Dedham and was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in the North End. In 1963 he married Kathy Hough and together they raised three children in Dedham. In 1976, they moved their family to Stoughton. John worked for Lifschultz Fast Freight and later at Coca-Cola in Needham for many years, retiring in 2004. He was an avid sports fan and a dedicated fan of all of the Boston Sports teams and also was a fan of the Atlanta Braves. In his free time, he enjoyed vacationing with his wife, playing Keno at Bob's Market and spending time with his beloved family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Kevin P. McDonnell and wife Ann Marie of Lakeville, Kathleen A. Cocchi and her husband Robert of Stoughton and John M. McDonnell and his wife Roisin of Ireland. He was the loving Papa of Joanne Sines and her husband Adam, Cameron and Derek Cocchi and Owen, Catraoine, Aidan and Daniel McDonnell. He recently welcomed his cherished great granddaughter Elsie Sines. John was the brother of Michael J. McDonnell of Foxboro, formerly of Dedham, and his twin brother, the late James E. McDonnell and the late Eileen Shackley, Mary Giampietro, Patricia Oginski and Joan Carol McDonnell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours with Covid-19 precautions will be held in the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St., (Rte. 27) Stoughton on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 8:30-9:30. Please note mandatory masks and social distancing measures will be in place Due to Covid restrictions, a Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will take place at Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham. Donations in John's memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, 02215 or to the Disabled American Veterans, VA Regional Office, JFK Federal Bldg, Government Ctr., Boston, MA 02203.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Very sorry for your loss

Posted by Very sorry for your loss. Walter - Windermere, FL - Friend   October 17, 2020

My condolences to John's family. I met John a few years ago at Bob's always so pleasant and kind. Then when I got a new job turns out John was now my client. I wont forget him calling me Mrs Schortmann and all the talks we had. May you rest in peace my friend. My trips to Bob's wont be the same.

Posted by Diane Crean - Stoughton, MA - Friend   October 17, 2020


So sorry for your loss
Love, Angela, John, Jack and Patrick

Posted by Angela Kane    October 17, 2020

Please accept my condolences . I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the word of God comfort and strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

Posted by D T    October 16, 2020

Deepest condolences to John's family. I met John a couple of times up at Bob's Market because my brother Teddy and him were Keno buddies! Such a nice friendly man and his wife Kathy who I met once was equally as nice. May he rest in peace. Jan and Cliff Cyr and Teddy Goodman

Posted by Jan and Cliff Cyr - Stoughton, MA - Friend   October 14, 2020

God bless, will miss you John. Michael Hines

Posted by Michael Hines - Stoughton, MA - Friend   October 13, 2020

Where to begin when you about to talk about Uncle Johnny? He was truly one of a kind. A larger than life presence and a leader of the entire McDonnell clan. So kind, so thoughtful, so funny. He was all bark and NO bite. I'll never forget Christmas parties every year where our huge, unruly family jammed into Johnny and Kathy's house in Stoughton. I'll also never forget how much love he showed to all of us nieces and nephews and our kids as well. I will miss him so much. Love to all of the McDonnells.

Posted by Brian McDonnell - Niskayuna, NY - Family   October 13, 2020

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