Paul J O’Donnell, age 73, of Milton passed away suddenly April 30th at the Milton Hospital.
Born and raised in Dorchester, he graduated from Cathedral High School and U-Mass Boston. Paul worked at Sears Roebuck in Customer Service for many years and was also a self employed painter. In his later years , Paul’s willingness to pick up a paint brush was non-existent . His last job and his most favorite was being # 1 babysitter for his grandkids Charley and Carter. He took care of both when they were babies and as they got older enjoyed having them during summers and school vacations when they would go to their favorite park, bowling and Burger King . He enjoyed reading the Boston Globe with his morning coffee, playing the lottery (he barely ever won and played birthdays consistently), hiking the Blue Hills and skiing all over New England.
His most beloved passion was being with his family and friends . He married the love of his life and they have been happily married for 52 wonderful years . They had not only a beautiful friendship but a relationship built on values , honesty, respect, humor and the deepest love. They loved to travel together and especially loved National Parks, Marco Island and their coined “special place “ on the island of Nantucket where they visited every year around their wedding anniversary. Always together, they also enjoyed going to theater, walking around Boston , visiting friends and making his #1 priority to spend time with his daughters and their families . Bubba was the kind of grandfather who smiled with pride and shared stories of his grandchildren . Those smiles and pride radiated the greatest love that you see could all over his face . He always had a joke or some goofy saying to keep them laughing and entertained , warm hugs , check in calls after school and when they were sick and lots of I love you’s so they knew how much they were loved . Paul, also affectionately known as “Tweety” , will be greatly missed by the 306 Club. His brotherhood of almost 70 years embodied a friendship that has been an extended family to Paul. Whenever they were together the laughter was contagious as they reminisced about old times, joking with one another and no matter how much time went by - always seemed to pick up wherever they left off. Bubba / Paul was a laid back , friendly and kind hearted man. He would often start talking to strangers or they would approach him and strike up a conversation. Most people who met him loved him instantly. His energy was undeniable !! He never spoke negatively about other people and always tried to find goodness in everyone he met . He willingly and unwilling impacted people through this kindness, generosity, sense of humor and spirit . Dad/Odie /Bub/ Tweety/Paulie/Paulsie - you were truly the greatest man. You will be deeply missed by all of those who loved and knew you ! May you always look after us as you did when you were here ! In lieu of flowers , Donations can be made to 2 organizations that were very much part of Paul’s life .
Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery Joslin Diabetes Center
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