Edward James O’Donoghue II - Age 76 of Jefferson, ME, formerly of Bridgewater, MA, passed away on June 21st surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lowell on September 1, 1943, the only son of 7 children of the late Edward J. and Ursula O’Donoghue, he grew up in Newton.
After 9 years of parochial education and 3 years of public school, he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education at Boston State College (1968). An accomplished athlete and football player, he was the first NCAA All American at BSC (Hammer Throw 1967).
His lifetime commitment to education and sports included obtaining a Masters Degree in Educational Administration with Distinction at Boston College (1984) and winning 2nd place as a MA Powerlifting Champion (bench press 400 pounds) at age 38.
His dedication to education included teaching at West Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School, teaching at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School and serving as Assistant Headmaster and Headmaster at BRRHS. He then served as the first Superintendent of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District (1989-1999); followed by appointment as Interim Superintendent of the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 (2000-2001).
He was dedicated to educational excellence and community, serving on state and regional superintendent associations and on the Board of Directors of Bridgewater Cooperative Bank. Early in his career, he was a Special Police Officer and coached football and track.
Beloved husband of 52 years to Marsha (Bowen); devoted father of Diana and E.J. O’Donoghue; father-in-law of Sheryl (Szeflinski); and cherished grandfather of Elizabeth, Taylor and Téa. He is also survived by sisters Ann Stackpole, Tricia and Maura O’Donoghue; cousins, Ted and Mary Ann O’Connell; as well as his much loved brothers and sisters-in-law; and many dear nieces and nephews.
A public visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00pm, on Monday, June 29th at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Due to COVID restrictions, masks are required and social distancing is asked to be observed. Limited numbers are allowed in the building at a time, so please be prepared to wait outside until space opens up, and out of respect for everyone else who would like to attend, we ask that you please limit your time inside. A private funeral Mass and burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Newcastle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: St. Joseph Church, c/o Father Paul, 133 Middle Street, Farmington, ME 04938; or to St. Patrick Church, c/o Ann Carlton, PO Box 598, Newcastle, ME 04553.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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