- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Thomas J. O’Donnell, 70, of Huntingdon Valley, a veteran who served in Korea and a manager at Conrail Corp. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, July 19, of pancreatic cancer at home.

Born in Mount Airy, Mr. O’Donnell was a 1963 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 1967 graduate of what is now La Salle University. He served in the Army along the Korean demilitarized zone from 1967 to 1969.

Mr. O’Donnell had worked for Conrail starting in 1963 and interrupted his career to go to South Korea. He rejoined Conrail, worked his way up through the firm’s hierarchy, and retired in 2000 as its director of human resources.

In retirement, Mr. O’Donnell enjoyed several backpacking tours to Europe and in the United States. His travels took him to Ireland and Scotland several times.

He was an enthusiastic golfer and spent time on the driving range. The highlight of his golf days was playing a round on the famous Old Course at the St. Andrews Links in Scotland.

He crisscrossed New Zealand and also spent time in Northern Ireland and Gimmelwald, Switzerland.

Stateside, he visited Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona. He especially liked going to see his two sons at their homes in Boulder, Colo., and New York City.

When not traveling or on the links, Mr. O’Donnell devoted himself to home improvements and the meticulous maintenance of his lawn.

“He took tremendous care of his lawn and tended it daily,” said his son Andrew.

He doted on his wife, Linda Tolia O’Donnell.

“He was a kind and gentle man, who loved nature and all of her creatures — except carpenter ants — and was well-read in history about the Civil War, World War I, and World War II,” his son said.

Besides his son and his wife of 41 years, he is survived by son Matthew, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were Thursday, July 23. Interment was in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services via www.cssphiladelphia.org.

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