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Life-Long Cranford Resident and Retired CPD Lieutenant William J. O'Donnell Passes Away

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CRANFORD, NJ - William J. O’Donnell, 74, passed away March 8 at Overlook Hospital in Summit. He was a life-long, fourth generation resident of Cranford.

O’Donnell was a 25-year veteran of the Cranford Police Department, retiring in 1995 as a detective lieutenant. He had also been an insurance fraud investigator for the State of New Jersey. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6226 in Cranford, the corresponding secretary for the Union County Emerald Society, a volunteer with the Cranford First Aid Squad, and a Eucharistic minister at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford.

He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Mark, and a sister Anne Koshney. Surviving are his beloved wife, Kathy; his devoted son, Terrance, three brothers, Frank, Thomas, and Neil; a sister Liz Kazary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit 2-4 and 7-9 PM Friday at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. West in Cranford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 AM Saturday at Saint Michaels Church, Cranford. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Michael’s Church or to the Union County Emerald Society.

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