Obituary: James Cornelius O’Donoghue, 1938-2021

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Following is the obituary for JAMES CORNELIUS O’DONOGHUE, submitted for the family by the Harding Funeral Home in Westport.

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On Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, James (Jim) Cornelius O’Donoghue, of Westport, passed away after 83 wonderful years on this earth. He left his mark as a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed.

Jim was born in Dublin, Ireland, on April 29, 1938.

Following the tragic death of his father at a young age, Jim and his family moved to Cork. He was the captain of the rugby team at University College Cork, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and met the love of his life, Margaret, with whom he had three children. 

Working for Quigley, steel refractories, Jim traveled extensively, bringing his daughters carefully selected mementos from all over the world. When the company was bought by Pfizer, the family moved to Westport in 1984 where they made many great friends. 

A hard-working, dedicated and generous man, Jim was a great athlete who ran regularly, golfed and rowed. He loved fishing, especially on Waterville Lake. He was wonderful historian and a great conversationalist and, to the delight of his children and grandchildren, a gripping storyteller. Dinner was always punctuated with discussions on politics and the latest news, as well as funny anecdotes about travels and past experiences. 

Jim has written several books, including children’s stories, and read avidly until his very last days. His was a particular fan of the Russian classics and spy novels. He would have loved the latest James Bond.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Margaret, with whom he spent a remarkable 58 years. He also leaves behind his brother Neil; sister Anne; three daughters — Elma, Sharon and Lisa and their husbands Dan, Jack and Ilari, respectively — and grandchildren Ryan, Ciara, Maija and Sophie. 

Join Margaret and the family for a viewing and farewell at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport, on Sunday, Oct. 17 (3-6 p.m.). Mass will be held at St. Luke Church, also in Westport at 49 Turkey Hill North, on Monday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. Services will be live streamed here.