Eugene McDonnell, a 61 year old resident of Derby, entered into eternal rest at home Nov. 28. He was born May 7, 1956 in Derby, son of the late Joseph & Anna Klimovich McDonnell. He was a graduate of and played football for both Ansonia High School and UCONN. He had worked for Hillcrest Oil Company and was currently employed by Advanced Auto in Derby. He was a long-time member of the Slovak Club in Ansonia, and was a devoted Dallas Cowboys football fan. He leaves to cherish his memory his sister Maria McDonnell of Naugatuck, and brother Joseph McDonnell & his wife Donna of Vero Beach, Florida. He also leaves his niece Heidi Jo McDonnell and grand nephew Caelen McDonnell Pardue, both of Maine. Memorial services celebrating his memory will be held by the family at a later date. The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia, CT has been entrusted with the arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com) In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Ansonia Animal Shelter, 2 Elm St. 06401.