Edward J. O’Connell

June 30, 2002

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

EDWARD J. O’CONNELL – in Woburn, formerly of Cambridge, June 30th, beloved husband of Jeanne E. (Tillson) O’Connell. Devoted father of Robert S. O’Connell and his wife Barbara of Mansfield, Christine D. Spinale and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Debbie A. Hogan and her husband Kevin of Tewksbury, and Paul W. O’Connell and his wife Celia of Houston, TX. Brother of the late Robert and William O’Connell. Also survived by 6 grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Edward J. O’Connell of Woburn passed away at Boston Medical Center Sunday afternoon after having been stricken just a few days earlier. The husband of Jeanne E. (Tillson) O’Connell for over fifty years, he was seventy-five years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late William H. and Gertrude A. (Barron) O’Connell. He graduated from Cambridge High and Latin and attended Stratford Business School. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy.

Mr. O’Connell worked for Nabisco for forty-two years as a sales representative. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus Local 77, where he was a Past Grand Knight, and he was also a Fourth Degree member. He was instrumental in the annual Tootsie Roll Drives for the K of C for many years. He also held membership in the Irish-American Club of Woburn where he was fondly known as “B.C. Ed??? for his devotion to the Boston College football team. He never missed a home football game and was the team’s most ardent supporter.

Ed was also very involved with St. Barbara’s Church, where he served as an usher from 1957 until recent months. He volunteered at both the Choate and Winchester Hospitals for many years as well. His main concern in life was his family, and he made it a priority throughout his life to spend time regularly with each of his children and grandchildren, often taking them to church or to a game.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Robert and William O’Connell.

Surviving are two sons, Robert S. O’Connell and his wife Barbara of Mansfield, and Paul W. O’Connell and his wife Celia of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Christine D. Spinale and her husband Joseph of Woburn, and Debbie A. Hogan and her husband Kevin of Tewksbury; six grandchildren, Brian Flynn, Joseph and Stephanie Spinale, Laura Hogan, and Katie and Alison O’Connell.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara¢s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, at 10. Interment will be in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

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