July 21, 1970 ~ May 26, 2022

Born in: Camden, New Jersey
Resided in: Lomita, California

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, John McDonnell, loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep.

John was born in July, 1970 in Camden, New Jersey and spent most of his life in the Philadelphia area. John moved to the South Bay in late 2015. During the last 7 years, John loved being close to family living nearby and spent many weekends with them, often at the park, the beach and over leisurely meals together.

John took great advantage of the Southern California weather. Daily walks along the beach, often in excess of 10+ miles, is just one example of this. John was a charismatic and engaging personality who made many friends around the South Bay. He particularly enjoyed the company of his housemates, and often getting one of these friends to join on his mini-marathon walks! But despite his fondness for his new home, Philadelphia was never far from John’s heart, and he was always diligent in making daily calls home to check on his mother (and usually lament about his beloved Phillies and Eagles).

John was preceded in death by his father John. He is survived by his mother Margaret, his son Matthew, his sister Nancy, his brother Brian, and six nephews and a niece.


Service: June 21, 2022 5:30 pm - June 21, 2022 7:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


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  1. candle 4John, may you rest in peace .you will be thought of and missed . My sincere condolences to Johns entire family. And a very speacial prayer for his mother ..
    John ,loved all of you very much..

  2. candle 5John, rest in peace, my brother. You’ve been a great friend for several years. Condolences to the family. See you in Valhalla.

  3. candle 4JOHN, may you rest in peace. You will always be remembered in both thoughts and prayers.
    My sincere condolences to Johns, entire family.and a very speacial prayer for John’s, Mother he loved all of you very much. Im so sorry for all of your loss.

  4. candle 7John, thank for all the times you helped me around house.and taking the time to lift me up when my spirits were down .My sincerest condolences too John’s entire family may you rest in peace .

  5. candle 4Thoughts and prayers to the entire McDonnell family. He will be missed but his love of life will never be forgotten.

  6. candle 4My sincere condolences to the entire family for the loss of John. We had become good
    friends since moving to the area. Thoughts and prayers. 🙏

  7. candle 4John was such an awesome guy. He always has something to say to brighten up your day. He was funny and would always make me laugh. The first time I met John he made me feel so welcomed and special in some sort of way. He was a great guy there’s no words to really describe how great he was. But I know now he is resting with the Almighty and chopping it up with Jesus

  8. candle 6John,May you rest in peace.. thank you for all good meals .sincere condolences to Johns, entire family

  9. Good morning John.
    I know you can see me. See all of us. I wish there was more time for us to know you, time for just one more visit even. I’ll be thinking of you till we meet again.
    Your friend,
    Rob Jones

  10. candle 7So sorry to hear about John. Such great memories from the Woodstream days, and glad to reconnect with him through our Dads when we were older. My husband, Jason, went to a Phillies game with John and both of our Dads…had to be 2013/14-ish. Glad he got to spend recent years in CA with all of you. He will be missed by all. Our condolences and Hugs, Kathy (Polansky) Schiffer & family

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