John P. “Jack” O’Connell

May 27, 2019

John P. “Jack” O’Connell
U.S. Veteran

US ARMY

Korean

John “Jack” O’Connell  –  of Woburn, May 27th at 86 years of age.  Beloved husband of  Jean E. (Fitzgerald) O’Connell.  Devoted father of Carol M. Onorato, her husband Rick of Westborough, Suzanne F. Garcia, her husband John of Woburn, Philip E. O’Connell, his wife Paula of Essex, Timothy J. O’Connell, his wife Khwan of Billerica and Edward J. O’Connell of Woburn   Dear brother of the late Maureen Garvey and her surviving husband Frank of Melrose.  Cherished “Grandpa” of Kathryn, Jacqueline, Matthew, Mark, Michael, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Kacey and Liam, and great Grandpa of Colin and Abigail.  Jack was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Friday morning, May 31st, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Please, at the families request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept., 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

John P. “Jack” O’Connell, passed away at his home, with his family by his side, Monday, May 27th. The beloved husband of Jean E. (Fitzgerald) O’Connell, he was eighty-six years of age.

Born in Stoneham, he was one of two children born to Francis and Frances (Oshinski) O’Connell. He was raised in Melrose, where he was a graduate of Melrose High School along with the Class of 1951. Following high school Jack continued his education, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in History. Jack then served in the United States Army, serving his country proudly over in Japan. Upon returning from the service, Jack continued with his education at Northeastern, receiving his master’s in education.

In 1960, Jack married his sweetheart, Jean Fitzgerald, from Cambridge. They bought a home over the West Side of Woburn where they have remained for fifty-nine years.

During those fifty-nine years, they brought five children into the world to whom they were both very dedicated too. Jack began teaching History at the Kennedy Jr. High School, a position he held until his sixty-second birthday, at which time he retired in 1995.

During vacations he and his family would head to the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont; and if there was a place to fish, they did! He also enjoyed many happy late afternoon fishing excursions at Horn Pond.

When the children were grown, and began families of their own, “Grandpa” enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Although a man of very few words, he would capture their attention, and the little ones always followed “Grandpa” as if he was the Pied Piper!

From the time he was young, Jack enjoyed listening to classical music, and was quite knowledgeable about the entire genre. Vegetable gardens every summer produced a wonderful harvest of huge, delicious tomatoes, green beans, peppers and much more to the delight of his family. He also took great pride in the landscape of his home, and always made sure the house never needed painting, as he was most attentive to that also!

 

Jack and Jean journeyed together for close to fifty-nine years. Together sharing a great love and strength and took great pride in their faith and their beloved family.

 

Sadly, Jack was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Frances O’Connell and his dear sister Maureen.

 

Jack was the beloved husband of Jean E. (Fitzgerald) O’Connell. Devoted father of Carol M. Onorato, her husband Rick of Westborough, Suzanne F. Garcia, her husband John of Woburn, Philip E. O’Connell, his wife Paula of Essex, Timothy J. O’Connell, his wife Khwan of Billerica and Edward J. O’Connell of Woburn. Dear brother-in-law of Frank Garvey of Melrose. Cherished “Grandpa” of Kathryn, Jacqueline, Matthew, Mark, Michael, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Kacey and Liam, and great grandpa of Colin and Abigail. Jack was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Friday morning, May 31st, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Please, at the family’s request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept., 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Friday morning, May 31st, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Please, at the families request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept., 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

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