John J. Donnelly
John J. (August 21, 2016). Beloved Husband of the late Margaret C. Donnelly (nee Cassidy). Loving father to Francis J. (Sylvia) Donnelly, Mary Beth (Gregg) Nixon, Margaret “Meg” (Tom) Douris, John “Jack” J. Donnelly Jr. Esq., and Clare H. Donnelly. Grandfather of Andrew and Cristina. Brother of the late Clare L. Donnelly. Relatives and friends are invited to John’s Mass of Christian Burial Friday August 26 10:00am Our Mother of Consolation RC Church Chestnut Hill; friends may call at 9am. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. John was born on January 10,1923 to Emma and Francis Donnelly. John and his sister Clare Donnelly shared many happy years in Doylestown, bucks county and west oak lane, Philadelphia. John was a 1936 graduate of St. benedict’s grade school. He then graduated from north catholic high school in 1940. John graduated from Drexel institute of technology (now Drexel university) in 1947 after serving in world war 2. John enlisted in the air corps on December 9th,1942. He entered active service on April 14, 1943.he was with the 820th military police company, and he was discharged with the rank of sergeant. John was discharged on April 26,1946 after serving in Europe. He earned the American campaign medal, E.A.M.E. campaign medal, good conduct medal and the world was 2 victory medal. John loved swimming at the Flourtown swim club and walking in valley green. He had a lifelong love of volleyball. He was focused on his family and lived in Flourtown his wife, Margaret, and his children since 1952. John stayed near his mother, Emma, and his sister, Clare, who also lived in Flourtown. John enjoyed a long and successful sales career where he sold school and library furniture to many of the local schools and universities. He began his carrier with the training program of bell telephone after graduating from Drexel. John was married to Margaret Cassidy Donnelly for over 58 years. John loved the jersey shore. He was a member of St. Genevieve’s parish since 1952 where he always assisted with the catholic charities appeal door to door. John also coached baseball at the Flourtown-Erdenheim little league. John enjoyed a lifelong love of reading.
He will be dearly missed by his loving family.