Daniel H. O'Donnell Sr., 78, PPG manager, volunteer


Daniel H. O'Donnell Sr., a retired branch manager for PPG Industries and a longtime volunteer for the elderly, died Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care of vascular disease. He was 78.

Born in Lynbrook, N.Y., he moved with his family to Baltimore as a young child. He attended SS. Philip and James School and then graduated from Loyola High School, now Loyola Blakefield.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 as a military policeman. He helped guard prisoners of war at a military camp in Alabama.

Mr. O'Donnell worked for 38 years for PPG Industries in the glass division in sales, sales management and regional branch management positions. He retired in 1984 and began volunteering with area organizations. He accumulated more than 4,400 hours of community service, said his daughter, Mary Ellen O'Donnell McEnroe of Hockessin, Del.

He volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, shopped for homebound residents of St. Elizabeth's Hall at Stella Maris and also volunteered at the Good Buy Shop and the Grocery Store at Stella Maris.

A resident of the Campus Hills area of Towson for more than 39 years, Mr. O'Donnell also was a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and sang in the choir.

He moved to the Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium in 2001. He was an avid reader and donated between 200 and 300 books in his collection to Mercy Ridge, where he was a member of the library committee.

"My father was a wonderful cook," his daughter said. "He and my mother loved to entertain, especially with family and friends."

Mr. O'Donnell married Gertrude E. Coleman of Baltimore in 1955. She died in 1997.

Services were held Friday at Immaculate Conception Church.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. O'Donnell is survived by three sons, Daniel H. O'Donnell Jr. of Bel Air, Thomas D. O'Donnell and Kerry J. O'Donnell, both of Forest Hill; one sister, Ruth Brown of Jarrettsville; two brothers, Edward O'Donnell of Jarrettsville and Robert O'Donnell of Sparks; and eight grandchildren.

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