Janie O’Donnell, 69, of Brockton Massachusetts passed away suddenly on January 7, 2023. Her daughter held her when she passed.

Janie was born on May 27, 1953 in Brookline, Massachusetts to Ellen (Eleanor) and William (Bill) J. O’Donnell. She grew up in Plympton, Massachusetts and graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School in 1972.

Janie will always be remembered as the most beautiful girl in any room. And, she was as loud and as wild as she was attractive. Janie enjoyed all things fast and there was nothing she wouldn’t try. A true “daddy’s girl” when she was young, Bill could never turn her down. So when she found her first horse, with the help of her friend Cathy, the O’Donnell family quickly became part of the horse and show circuit. Janie was a skilled horseman, and while she was gorgeous in Saddlebred Pleasure classes, there was no denying she had the spirit of a barrel racer, and that continued long after she stopped riding.

In High School, Janie found her love for something else fast…cars and drag racing. And, Bill didn’t deny her there either. She was often racing her Road Runner or GTO around the backroads of the South Shore, skipping school, and sneaking some Boone’s Farm or moonshine. It was not uncommon for Janie to get a police escort back to her dad, securing the nickname “Jane the Pain” and “Lead Foot”. Janie married her high-school sweetheart and mechanic, Tommy, and sadly lost him shortly after their wedding.

Janie went on to marry Jeff Aylward, had two children, Heidi & Shawn, and they lived in North Carolina and Alaska. She made friends everywhere she went, and maintained a lot of her Army wife friendships late into life.

Janie returned to Massachusetts and made Falmouth her home with her children. She knew all her kid’s friends, and was proud of having an open-door house. While most parents complained about feeding the neighborhood, Janie loved it. In fact, most of the time, the neighborhood was at her house, with bikes & skateboards piled up on the lawn.

Janie ran a home-based daycare when her children were small and eventually moved into health care. She worked the rest of her life as a Certified Nursing Assistant, caring for other people. Janie fell on many hard times and experienced difficult losses in her life. Janie’s lived experience and personal struggles would make coping and sobriety a lifelong challenge of hers. However, those experiences also made her a special caregiver. She never passed judgement on others’ circumstances and she’d help anyone who needed it.

Some people says they would give you the shirt of their back, Janie actually did. She loved to love, often caring more about others than herself. She was capable of giving people authentic and dignified care during their most difficult times. In her work, Janie helped many as they aged in nursing homes or at home, progressed in disease or illness, and comforted so many as they passed on. Janie was her most powerful and beautiful self when she was helping others, and she will be remembered for her humanity in those moments.

Janie was also the life of a party, she loved to be happy, and she was always the best-dressed woman. Not just a high-school yearbook title, either. Her clothes were true to her personality. She chose things that made her feel happy. In the 70’s, she was an absolute stunner, ironing her long hair and sewing her own polyester wrap skirts to wear over leotards for dancing. If you knew her in the 80’s, her hat matched the earrings that matched the dress that matched the pocketbook & heels. In the 90’s, she had 20 brightly colored tracksuits and each had a banana clip to go with it. And, if she was in scrubs, which she often was, her socks and scrunchies matched them. Her holiday outfits were ridiculous, but she loved them and the reaction they got.

Janie experienced and tried a lot of things in her short life. She learned to hunt and shoot in Alaska. She learned to sew, making clothes for her and Heidi in the 70’s, and at one point the whole house was decorated with something she made in gingham. Janie also danced, and sang every chance she got. She had a proud collection of LPs and 45s from her younger days.

Janie was most proud of the young women Heidi’s girls grew up to be, and she was simply thrilled to have a new grandson from Shawn, who was named after him. She loved the title of “Nanie” And being the fun one. Janie was the kind of grandmother that wore the bubble-gum machine jewelry Alexis gave her, she was thrilled to be invited to dress up to trick-or-treat with Savannah, and she covered the house in dancing and singing holiday decorations for Shawn Jr..

Janie’s door was always open, she remembered everyone’s birthday, and she had a wicked sense of humor. She could go toe-to-toe with truckers or sailors, sing every word of Last Kiss before it was ever covered, had a thousand uses for super-glue, and used her glove box to store speeding tickets. She was also the mom to several bassett hounds, Bentley, Humphrey & Jake over the years. She had the most beautiful eyes, the largest smile and the loudest laugh.

Sadly, Janie recently lost her son, Shawn. They shared a close mother-son bond, so that loss was particularly difficult for her heart to hold. It’s no surprise that it was her heart that failed her. We are comforted knowing that they will be together and that they will be looking out for little Shawn Jr..

Janie is predeceased by both parents Ellen (Eleanor) & William (Bill) O’Donnell of Plympton, Massachusetts, and her son Shawn M. Aylward of Rockland, Massachusetts.
She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Aylward of Plymouth Massachusetts, her granddaughters Alexis Aylward of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts, and Savannah Aylward of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and her grandson Shawn Aylward, Jr. of Plymouth Massachusetts. Janie is also survived by her siblings Peter & Cookie O’Donnell of Monticello, Florida, Barbara Gates of Peabody, Massachusetts, and Jamie Pino or Plympton, Massachusetts.

Janie will be laid to rest next to her son. Service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers her family invites you to share a photo or memory for her grandchildren here, donate to Wishes for Shawn at Harbor One Bank, 43 Commerce Way, Plymouth or make an unrestricted donation to The South Shore Community Action Council.

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.