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Patricia Brown

So sorry for your loss. Gene was such a nice person and I am sure your will miss him greatly..

Patricia Brown Heffernan

So sorry for you loss. Gene was my cousin. He was always friendly and kind.

Kristen Accardi

Uncle Gene was an uncle like no other. It is really hard to summarize how much he meant to us. Visits with him and Aunt Nancy were so special - always full of fun and laughter. When I remember Uncle Gene, I will remember the silly songs, his laugh, and the joy he took in everything he did. I will miss him deeply.

Katie Russo

My great uncle Jean was always a ray of sunshine. Every single visit he took up to Long Island was filled with fun, laughter, food, and family. Those times, though short, now reside in my brain as fond, wonderful memories. The sheer amount of talent he had, his accomplishments, and the effort and perseverance he put into everything was astounding, to say the least. We lost a true legend. Fly high, Uncle Jean. Until we meet again, I love you so much. You’ve truly left your mark on this world and our family in the best possible way.

Emily Russo

One of the hardest working men I’ve ever known in my life. He had accomplished so much in too little time. He withheld one of the brightest souls, and always had the biggest smile that would never fail to light up a room. Jean held immense compassion and spirit for all his wonderful hobbies, such as the wood carvings his family looked forward to every year. Jean O’Donnell, you will be dearly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know you.

Kim Bigotti

The world lost one of the best! A man who worked hard and played harder..A man i was lucky enough to call my uncle and my Godfather...i will cherish the memories we had....Trips to Disney...Panama city Beach...Pumpkin picking with my children..So many of my favorites memories were with you ❤️ May God hold you forever in the palm of his hand until we meet again "just down the road a piece" Uncle Gene..You will forever be remembered, loved and cherished Thank you for the memories

Jim Mayo

I was privileged to work with Gene for many years at BMC Nassau. He was a talented and compassionate CRNA. Gene had so many accomplishments in his life. He was first an aviator and then an air traffic controller. When life forced him in another direction he became a CRNA. Each of these professions are characterized by the need to be smart, alert and attentive to detail. Passion is not necessarily required but Big Gene brought plenty of passion. With some surprise I saw him in retirement turn his attention to woodworking. He brought the same passion and attention to detail to produce some beautiful items. Nancy, I know you feel as if you have a hole in your life. I pray you fill it with memories you and Gene have created. None of us will forget him for he was a big, big man.

Amy Nardi

I feel so blessed and grateful to have all the time that I had spent with my Uncle Gene. The amazing adventures we shared- Panama City, Disney, Itchnatucky Springs, Bear Mountain, apple picking- just to name a few. Uncle Gene was always so funny with his inappropriate songs that he sang for us and then to his great nieces and nephews. He was such a role model in my life and him sharing the stories of his life experienced and the focus of always looking to learn something new and further my educational journey . He was such a loving and kindhearted person- the kind of person that would give you the shirt off of his back. The deep love for my aunt Nancy was undeniably and when you were around them both you could see the mutual admiration between them. Uncle Gene will forever hold a special place in my heart and will be greatly missed. Love you Uncle Gene ❤️

Pamela Bolden

Gene was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He always had a story to tell. He was such a good CRNA and I always loved being the nurse in his OR room. Such a kind and gentle man! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy.

Jack& Marlene

Brother… my protector and my nemesis all rolled into one: my big brother. I always looked up to my big brother as he always looked up for me, and I still do. Big brothers always watching. Can’t imagine life without you my big bro. You will be terrible missed. Rest in Peace. Our thoughts are with Nancy! 🙌🙌🙌

Jack& Marlene

We missed you every second, every moment and wait until we meet again. You was one of the most important person in our lives, and now you not around, you will be missed terribly. Rest in Peace Gene. Our thoughts are with Nancy !!🙌🙌

Wanda Sloan

When I think of kind, gentle and thoughtful, I think of Gene. I first met Gene during his Air Traffic Controller days at at Jax ARTCC. He and Nancy were those gems with whom you feel grateful to have known.He will be missed.

Elizabeth Keller

Uncle Gene always made us laugh and took us on big adventures. He was so fun, and sweet, and didn’t get mad at us even when we (I) spilled chocolate on his brand new painting. But more than that, he showed us by his example how to live life courageously, resiliently, and with passion. When a door closed, he built a new door. I honor him for the service that he gave for our country in Vietnam, and for the years of care he gave as a medical professional. He is truly a hero. And I am grateful to him for the years of love and joy he gave Aunt Nancy. He had a life well spent. We live and miss you Uncle Gene!

Carol Lavin

I had the pleasure of working with Gene in Surgical Services at Baptist Medical Center Nassau for several years. I never heard him utter an unkind word. Gene was always a pleasure to work with. I was lucky to get to see some of his wood turning creations. They were amazing! My deepest condolences to his family.

Jami Rowland

Gene, the gentle giant. That is what many of us called him in the operating room. Such a wonderful anesthetist. So kind and so smart. Thank you for all that you taught me, Gene. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace my friend ♥️

Barbara Lyle

Worked with Gene in the OR. He was such a kind person. RIP Gene. Praying for the family.

Bob & BJ Taylor

Such a kind and gentle man. We called him Big Gene in the OR where we worked together many years. Rest in peace Gene. Our thoughts are with Nancy.

Eugene Patrick O'Donnell


Eugene Patrick O’Donnell of Jacksonville, Florida lost his battle with cancer on November 26, 2023, at 7:20am.

He was born on July 26, 1947, to the late Eugene Thomas O’Donnell and Margaret Ann Heffernan. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and later moved to Rockville Centre, NY. He graduated from St. Agnes Catholic School, Rockville Center, NY in 1965.

While attending Adelphi College in NY, he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967. He trained as a helicopter pilot and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 at 22 years of age. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain in 1973, and served in the Alabama Army Reserves and Florida National Guard from 1973-1978. During his tenure with the military, he achieved a Commercial Pilot License in:
Airplane Single and Multi-engine Land;
Instrument Airplane and Helicopter.

Mr. O’Donnell graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aeronautical Studies in 1973. After graduating, he worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller at Jacksonville Center, Hilliard, Florida from 1974-1981. In 1984, he earned his Nursing degree from FCCJ, and attended Bay Medical Center, Panama City, Florida for his Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1988. He worked as an anesthetist from 1989 - 2010, at which time he retired due to health problems. Mr. O’Donnell served his country well in the military, was proud of his service, and had an accomplished profession as an air traffic controller. But by far, his most rewarding career was in anesthesia, where he was able to help others heal.

Mr. O’Donnell learned to turn wood on a lathe, and became a skilled craftsman, even an artist in the craft. It became his passion, and he shared his knowledge with other woodturners. He was recognized in the woodturning world as a skilled and creative artisan.

Mr. O’Donnell leaves behind his loving spouse of 53 years, Nancy, Jacksonville, Florida; his sister, Maureen Worontsoff, Medford, New York; his brother, John (Jack) O’Donnell, Daytona, Florida; and a step-brother, Richard Sardiello, Boynton Beach, Florida. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. He loved them very much and had many good times with them.

Funeral service will be on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 12:00 until the hour of service.

Mr. O’Donnell will be laid to rest in Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, Alabama at a later date.

Donations may be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors Foundation (


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