William Anthony O'Donnell, 73, of Orlando, FL, passed away, Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was born in Detroit, MI on October 20, 1943, a son of the late Dominica Rose (Cicatella) and Patrick Emmett O'Donnell. William was married to Verna (Messinger) O'Donnell.
Bill and Verna met during a farmer's strike , working a picket line in 1978 and have shared their lives happily together for 39 years. He joined Labor Union Local 517 in 1964 and was a Business Agent then Business Manager and Special International Rep until retiring in 2002.
Bill was devoted to his job, family and friends. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He had many hobbies with fishing being one of his favorites. He enjoyed playing lottery tickets and playing poker with friends and family. He had a wonderful sense of humor that kept you laughing all the time. He was a great story teller and enjoyed sharing all his great tales. Bill was a devoted and loving Husband, Father, Papa, Brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all and loved loved by his family and friends.
Bill has gone to be with our children and other family members who went to Heaven before him. Bill will always be with me in my heart and one day we will be together again. Bill is and always be "The Love Of My Life".
Bill is predeceased by his son, Leon Michael (1989), daughter Verena K. O'Donnell, son Daniel Michael Anthony (2014); grand daughter Amanda Marie Anthony (1989) and leaves to cherish his memory, wife Verna (Messinger) O'Donnell; son William "Tony" (Dana) O'Donnell of Orlando; two sisters, Patricia (Dennis) Beach of Tennessee, Carmella (Steve) Phipps of Tennessee; brother, Leslie "Joe" (Sue) O'Donnell of Orlando; He is also survived by grandchildren Nicholas, Michael and Daniele O'Donnell; great grandchild Christabelle O'Donnell all of Orlando; several nieces & nephew.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm with Deacon Larry Herbert officiating. Interment will be at Lake Hill Cemetery in Orlo Vista.