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David Joseph O'Donnell
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“So sad to hear of Dave's passing, He was my barber for 32 years. He was a great man and a good friend. We laughed, joked and talked about sports all...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Kevin Finn - Methuen, MA - Friend

“Dave was my barber for many years and always great to talk sports with him. He will be greatly missed. His memories will live on. ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Tim Burke - Melrose, MA

“Dear O'Donnell family,I am so sorry to hear of the tragedy of your father's passing. I grew up on Circuit st in melrose and from my grandfather...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: laurie Eustace - malden, MA

“Deepest condolences to the O'Donnell family and our thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Sterling Hardy - Essex Junction, VT

“Dave was my barber for over forty years, and his kindness and great talk about Boston sports will be missed. My dad in the hospital very ill, and...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Polk - Wakefield, MA - Friend

“Some people in our lives we come to know and develop relationships with based on repeated contacts for relatively short periods of time. Dave is one...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Bernie Creeden - Melrose

“I'm saddened to hear of Mr. O'Donnell's passing. We were neighbors 2001-2004 & I can still smell cigars & recall his kind voice. My most deepest...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Demetra Culleton - Melrose, MA

“So sorry for your loss, he was a great guy. I remember the time he was cutting my hair and some breaking news event took the British Open golf off tv...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Jason - Melrose, MA

“Dave was a great Guy & Barber, loved going into his shop as he sat watching some 1970's TV show. Or the music playing in the background as he cut...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Steve Pearson - Bradford, MA

“Dave was a great barber, and a good man. He will be missed by many. ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Christopher Ziniti - Stoneham, MA

“Sorry for your loss to the O'Donnell family. Dave was my barber since I was about 5 or 6 years old. He was always a very calm person and cut my...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“I am shocked by the loss of my barber Dave of 33 years. I relished his music, sense of humor and stories. Just had my haircut two weeks ago. Will...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Jack Hudd - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Sad to hear of Dave's passing. He was my barber since the 90's. May he rest in peace. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Fran Goodwin - Melrose, MA

“We are so sorry to here of Dave's passing. He was my husbands barber since he was 4 yrs old. I would occasionally go to the shop with him when he...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Ed & Diane Doucette - Wakefield, MA

“Shocked to hear of Dave's passing,I was just there first week of March.Dave's been my barber for many years,enjoyed talking baseball and other sports...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Richard Ford - Melrose, MA

“I am sorry I can't make it up for the service. You're all in my thoughts. ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Monique Pare - Philadelphia, PA

“My condolences to Aunt Ginny, Cousins Sharleen, Eoin and Debbie. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Rita (O'Donnell) Hill - Lynn, MA

“So saddened to hear of Dave's passing. My condolences to his children extended family and friends. Dave cut and styled my hair and beard the day of...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Jones - Melrose, MA

“Going to miss you, Dave. Rest In Peace. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Eggers - Melrose, MA

“God Speed Dave! So many memories are running thru my mind. Sitting on the porch, bringing you my Mom's leftovers, oh how you loved her leftovers! ...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Jane Duonolo-Cormier - NH

“Condolences to Dave's family from a long-time customer. I was a regular from the shop's early days, and continued being one after I moved to Malden...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Hubert (Hue) Holley - Malden, MA

“Sympathy to all David's family - especially to Sharleen, Debbie, Eoin, and his grandchildren!4 Also, So sorry to the rest of his family and friends...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Lyn Addison - W. Peabody, MA

“Dave was a great barber and family friend. My parents have fond memories of him from Charlestown. He was always entertaining when I went in to get a...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Mark O'Donnell O'Donnell - FL

“Lord, We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace.Prayers for David and his family and friends. ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Sean O'Donnell - South Boston, MA

“So sorry to hear about David. If there is anything I can do please let me know.Cathleen ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Cathleen O'Donnell-McGrath - MA

“We are so saddened to hear of David's passing. David was a dear friend for many years beginning with our Charlestown days. May wonderful memories...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Frank & Anne Dolaher - Saugus, MA

“Dave and I go back many, many years to our early days in Charlestown. A flood of memories, many of which include a frozen Oilies fill my thoughts. ...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Charlie McGonagle - MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

David Joseph O'Donnell passed away suddenly on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the age of 79. Mr. O'Donnell was born in Charlestown on November 6, 1938. He was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Charlestown High School, lived in Stoneham for many years and the past 25 years in Melrose. David was the owner of the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in Melrose since 1977 and was a longtime supporter of Melrose charities. As a teen he had his dream job as a bat boy for the Boston Red Sox during the Ted Williams era, he was a huge Patriots fan, loved listening to Frank Sinatra while enjoying a nice cigar and a martini (shaken not stirred) . He enjoyed riding his bicycle along the New Hampshire and Maine coast line and going golfing in Myrtle Beach with his brother-in-laws. David was the loving father of Sharleen Shea of Berwick, ME, Deborah O'Donnell of Stowe, VT, and Eoin O'Donnell of Stoneham. Grandfather of Bridget, Madelyn, Francis & Edward all of ME, Colin & Fineas of VT and Kelsey of Winchester. Great grandfather of Aiden. Brother of William O'Donnell of S. Boston. Also survived by many nieces, nephews & friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, March 16th at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a local Melrose Charity.