Mr. Paul F. O’Donnell Jr., of Centerville, died peacefully Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Norwood Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. While his body weakened over the years, his spirit never waned. He was 78.
Paul, “Binky” to those who knew him well, was born July 19, 1934 in Waltham, a son of the late Paul F. and Katherine E. (Lawless) O’Donnell. A graduate of Waltham High School in 1952, Paul also graduated from the US Army Language School and Boston College with a degree in English. He served as a linguist and practiced this trade while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany during the Hungarian Revolution. Paul loved language, especially word play — a crossword puzzle was a regular companion.