James J. McDonnell, 84, a 26-year veteran Haverford Township Police officer died Tuesday at his home in Honey Brook, PA.
According to an obituary on Legacy.com McDonnell retired from the police force in 1983 after serving the township for more than a quarter of a century. Prior to becoming a police officer he served served in the Marine Corps at the close of WWII and was member of the USMC's ceremonial drill team.
According to the obituary "he had also worked at the A&P food market on West Chester Pike in Havertown. Following his retirement, Jim then worked as a deputy sheriff in Chester County. He had been a member of Sacred Heart Church in Manoa."
Widowed three times, McDonnell leaves behind a large family.
He is survived by his daughter, Marie (Dan) Wallower, his step-daughter, Geraldine (Jim) Phipps, step-sons, Michael and Carl "Bill" Geesey; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.