Michael Patrick O'Donnell

September 16, 1942 - July 30, 2018
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On Monday, July 30, 2018, Michael O’Donnell, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at home at the age of 75 years.

He was born in Jersey City, NJ on September 16, 1942. He was raised in Keyport, NJ. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Keyport High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from September, 1960 to August, 1963. Upon returning to NJ, Mike worked for the American Can Company, then John Hancock Insurance.

Mike moved to Baltimore. During this time, he sold insurance for Peoples Insurance Company and then managed the Dead End Saloon. He resided in Texas (Houston and Galveston) for the past 38 years. He worked as a lab technician in the quality control department of Anheuser Busch for many years. He had an entrepreneurial streak and started his own emu farm.  After retirement he managed the pool for the Sea Isle Community in Galveston for several years.

Mike was very handy and always had a project going. He was proud of his Irish heritage, known to many as ‘Irish Mike’. His favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day and he frequently reported being the only six-foot leprechaun. Mike loved sailing, being on the water, and had his Captain’s license. He was a world traveler and has been to 5 continents. Mike loved people. He was happiest with people at his house, telling his tales, and having a cocktail and a laugh at the Hammered Pelican. Everyone knew the bar was open when he lit up his Budweiser sign. He enjoyed sharing what he knew and helping where he could. He loved his TV loud; watching Blue Bloods, old westerns, and Sunday morning political shows which fed into his many conspiracy theories. He can best be remembered by his quote “doing what you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not” and his theme song, “I Did it My Way.”

Mike will be forever remembered by his daughter and son-in-law Colleen and John Fritsch, and his grandchildren, J.J. (John Joe), Lily, and Gloria Fritsch, by his sisters Maggie Hart, Joan (Pete) Rowley, and Maureen (Jack) Moser. Mike will also be forever remembered by his nieces and nephews Terry, Jerry (Sheila), Kevin (Deirdre), Kathy, Lynn (Jim), Larry (Mary Frances), Peter (Monica), Trish, Patrick (Becky), John (Zoe), and Kim, and many other family members and dear friends, especially his ‘habibi’ of 21 years, Amal.

Mike was predeceased by his daughters, Barbara Ann and Kerry O’Donnell, his parents, Eugene and Bridget O’Donnell, his sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Jerry Coker, his brother-in-law, Larry Hart, and his nephew, Paul.

Mike’s family will receive visitors beginning at 2:00 pm, Friday, August 10, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston, TX. A funeral service will begin at 3:45 pm.

A visitation and memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 26, from 11:00-2:00 at Day Funeral Home, 361 Maple Place, Keyport, NJ.

Memorial donations in memory of Mike can be made to the Sea Isle Planters Bunch at 6493 Sea Isle, Galveston, Texas 77554.

 

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Date: Friday, August 10, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

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3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018

Time: 3:45 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

Address:

3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: September 16, 1942
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Rollie & Caron Winfree posted on 8/9/18

Mike was our Sea Isle neighbor for 10 years. Always enjoyed visiting with him when we were down and could always count on him to keep an eye on our place. He will be missed!

 

Rollie & Caron Winfree posted on 8/9/18

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Rollie & Caron Winfree posted on 8/9/18

Mike was our neighbor in Sea Isle for 10 years. We always enjoyed visiting with Mike when we were down; and could always count on him to keep an eye on our place when we were not there. Will Miss our Friend "Irish Mike"

 

KEITH SCHLATER posted on 8/9/18

Losing Mike O'Donnell is the passing of a one of a kind original, in spite of his perpetual recycling of himself and his jokes and his pranks. Nobody had more zest for life and zeal for the individual spotlight that he shared with his friends, and strangers who were his future friends. He was quick with a joke and to light up a smoke, and he would drink to the future as he enjoyed the present. Mike O'Donnell was the gift that just always kept on giving, and then you would be taken along for the bumpy ride as the laughs and the turbulence took you away. He left too soon but he lived it up the right way in the right and wrong places, and if you look up at the clouds from now on, the occasional rains and lightning bolts might just be thrown by him to keep himself and everybody else amused. Some people love a good parade, but the rare people know how to provide one. Mike was a one of a kind diamond in the rough who could play it straight and cause the flush, and he was the joker in the deck who could fill the house with laughter. Raise a glass and look to the sky. Listen to the thunder and know that he is still laughing. To live in the hearts and minds that you leave behind is not to die. He might tell you that it is just another relocation and reinvention of himself. Who could completely doubt it. It was what he did, and who he was. Take Mike's perpetual advise. The helping hand that you are looking for is located at the end of your own arm. Be yourself like he was. Everybody else is already taken anyway. They took a good one this week, but the occasional dances with the devil help you know where he is coming from, and if Mike O'Donnell is trying to earn his wings rest assured that he will keep on flying.

 

Sue Rogoff posted on 8/8/18

I’m so sorry Colleen for you and your family’s loss of your dad. You were there for him, and I hope you remember the legacy that he left behind. My thoughts are with you. Sue

 

Vicki Hensley posted on 8/7/18

What a kind, caring, humorous gentleman Michael was. I will forever think of him with a smile. He was such an endearing character and will be missed by all. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

 

Ginger Robinson posted on 8/6/18

My thoughts and prayers are for Mike's family. I will forever cherish my time I had with him while he worked at the Sea Isle pool. Thank you for sharing him with us here in Sea Isle, it won't be the same without him.

 

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