John J. O'Donoghue

John J. O'Donoghue

December 7th, 1939 December 28th, 2019

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Obituary for John J. O'Donoghue

O'DONOGHUE, John J., of Medford. Passed away on December 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 54 years to the late Beverly Anne (Young) of Medford. Loving father of John M. of Minneapolis, MN, Brian J. of Lowell, and Caitlin Trani and her husband Patrick of Medford. Devoted ‘Bebe’ of Sean O’Donoghue and Jack and Ryan Trani. Dear brother of Robert O’Donoghue and his wife Jeanne of Ipswich, Helen Smith and her husband Edward of Raynham, and the late Gerard O’Donoghue. Brother in law of Dr. Robert Young and his wife Gail of Weymouth. Also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Retired Chief of Operations, Cambridge Fire Department. John was a dedicated public service professional and a beloved instructor and author. Late Vietnam Era Army Veteran. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Rt. 60 (adjacent to St. Agnes Church) ARLINGTON on Saturday at 8:30am. Funeral Mass in St. Raphael’s Church, 512 High St., Medford at 9:30am. Visiting hours on Friday at the funeral home from 4-8pm. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Boston Sparks Association, 344 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210. For directions, donations, or to send a condolence visit

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, MA
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    Friday, January 3rd, 2020
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saint Raphael Church
    512 High Street
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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020
    Rev. Paul Coughlin
  • Interment

    Oak Grove Cemetery
    236 Playsted Road
    Medford, MA
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Andrea Hunt

John was a long time member of Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association. The kindest, gentlest man I ever met. Rest in peace John.
Comment | Posted at 03:48pm via Condolence

Riad Mohamed

Rest In Peace, Sir. The ASME A17 Task Group on Firefighters and Occupant Egress always met in Boston (4 times a year) so that John can attend. You will be missed. Riad Mohamed.
Comment | Posted at 06:57pm via Condolence

Dear Brian and Sean, Caitlin And family,
George and I send our condolences on the loss of your dear father/grandfather. Brian, for the times we enjoyed your Mom and Dad’s company at Sean’s birthday or other family gatherings, we learned how lovely both your parents were, and loved their expression of Grandparent love for Sean, one of the sweetest varieties of love any youngster and grownup can experience. Sean is blessed to have Bev and John in his memories. XOXO Evelyn and George Leber
Comment | Posted at 04:31pm via Condolence

Edward Donoghue

John was a good friend who many years ago I recruited to become a member of the ASME A17 Elevator Safety Committee. I will miss him.
Comment | Posted at 08:23am via Condolence

john walsh

On behalf of myself and all of Jack and Mary Walsh’s family I want to express our condolences and prayers. John has always been a pleasure to be around and chat with. In particular when he’d visit Sudbury when John Joe was over from Galway the laughs and conversation were great. A great family man and pleasure to be around!
John Walsh
Comment | Posted at 08:04am via Condolence

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