James F. O'Donnell, Jr.
Jim is President and Owner of James F. O'Donnell and Sons in Lowell Massachusetts.
A 4th generation family owned and operated Funeral Home established in 1884 currently celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2014, Jim has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1980. In addition, he is President and Owner of the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham, New Hampshire where is also a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
A graduate of Providence College in the Class of 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, he also received his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service Management from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston.
Active in community affairs, Jim serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, is a Trustee for Eastern Bank, is a Trustee for the Circle Home Greater Lowell Visiting Nurse Association and is a Corporator for Circle Health Lowell General Hospital.
Jim previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and its Legislative Liasson Committee. A past member of the Board of Governors of the former Saints Memorial Medical Center, he also served for over 23 years with the Board of Trustees of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, was a former member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of both The House of Hope and the American Cancer Society.
In his professional career, Jim has served as President of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association (1994-1995), as the Massachusetts Representative to the National Funeral Directors Policy Board (1995-1996), and as a current member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Spokesperson Team. In addition, he has taught Funeral Service Management at Mt. Ida College in Newton.
Jim resides in Lowell with his wife Trish (Sheils) O'Donnell and has two children.
John W. Crane
John W. Crane of Lowell is a Funeral Director and associated with James F. O'Donnell & Sons since 1974. Currently, he serves as the Treasurer and co-owner of the O'Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell and as the President and co-owner of the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham, NH. He is a native of Holden, MA and Rye Beach, NH. A 1958 graduate of St. John's Prep School in Danvers, MA and a 1962 graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor Degree in Biology. He also attended the University of New Hampshire Graduate School and the Carroll Business School at Boston College. In 1975, he received an Associate degree in Funeral Service from the New England Institute in Boston, MA
John is a 1964 graduate of the US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and served as the CIC/Operations Officer of the U.S.S. VanVoorhis DE 1028. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve in 1972.
He was also a member of the faculty at the Mount Ida College, Funeral Service Program from 1990 through 1993.
Additionally, John has been very active in professional and community organizations among them: as the Past President (2001) and Board member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, as the Massachusetts Representative to the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA (Board Chair 1997) , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Registration in Funeral Directing and Embalming (Board Chair 1990 - 1992), as a Life member of the Saints Memorial Medical Center Men's Guild (President 1980 - 1981), as a Corporator of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, as Co-Chair of the 1977 American Heart Association Campaign for Greater Lowell; and as the founder of the Fletcher Street Corridor Neighborhood Committee in Lowell.
John resides in Lowell with his wife M. Patricia (O'Donnell) Crane. They are parents of three children.