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James F. Donnelly

d. April 13, 2023


James F. Donnelly

Donnelly, James F. of Saugus, passed away peacefully on April 13th. Beloved husband of 57 years to Camille E. (Ciampi) Donnelly; whom he absolutely adored. Loving father of Camille Kirrane and Cynthia Donnelly and his granddaughter, Madison Elise Kirrane; all of Saugus and whom were everything to him. Survived by his loving sister Ellen Morel and his brothers in law; Dr. George Port, Jr., Fred F. Ciampi and Robert Ciampi. Predeceased by his dear siblings; Daniel Donnelly, Jr., Mary Davison, Ann Port, Stephen Donnelly, Frances Zand, Edmund Donnelly, Elizabeth Sim, Kathleen Manz and Thomas Donnelly. Also survived by several generations of many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Cherished son of the late Daniel Donnelly and Ann (Barker) Donnelly.

He will be remembered with love by his entire family and his many friends and for his incredible sense of humor and how he could always be counted on to have a joke for every occasion. He retired from Petro Oil Company after 35 years as a dispatch supervisor, to stay home and help raise his only granddaughter. He had a strong love of Irish music and Boston sports and could often be found at Irish festivals or sitting in Fenway Park or the Boston Garden.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., WAKEFIELD on Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus. At the request of the family, masks are optional but encouraged. Please go directly to church, funeral home staff will be available to assist with parking. Burial to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in James' name to: The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA, 02458 or St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 Attn: Father Tom Conway.

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Past Services


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Blessed Sacrament Church

14 Summer St, Saugus, MA 01906

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