John David O’Connell died peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020. John was born to Edward O’Connell and Gertrude Kulakowski on October 29, 1946. He lived most of his childhood in Salem Massachusetts with his two older brothers, Daniel and Timmy, and his younger sister, Ellen. John later lived with his Aunt and Uncle, William and Dorothy O’Connell. John had a long career at the IRS in Holtsville and loved organizing the annual golf outing. He loved playing golf and the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his three daughters Lynn, Christine, and Kimberly, and seven grandchildren, Skye, Thomas, Justin, Sophia, Nathan, Reed and Hannah. There is a virtual memorial on the Branch Funeral Home website where you can share condolences; and all services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the non-profit John’s middle daughter runs, called Riley’s Way Foundation (www.rileysway.org/donate), focused on kindness, empathy, and youth leadership.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John D. O'Connell 's name.

Riley’s Way Foundation

30 Third Ave
Brooklyn, NY

https://www.rileysway.org/donate

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  1. Christine, so sorry for the loss of your dad, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Gary Borowski

  2. candleChristine, We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. We are thinking about you, your sisters And Family at this time. Love Pat, Brigit And kids❤️

  3. Lynn, Christine, and Kim,
    This is a disjointed time, nothing we would do in a previous time is possible now. You all and all Uncle John has touched in his life are at a loss how to grieve property as a community over his loss. Jen and I will keep all of you in our hearts and say a prayer for Uncle John. We miss you all.

  4. Lynn, Christine, and Kim,
    This is a disjointed time, nothing we would do in a previous time is possible now. You all and all Uncle John has touched in his life are at a loss how to grieve property as a community over his loss. Jen and I will keep all of you in our hearts and say a prayer for Uncle John. We miss you all.

  5. candleI wish you everlasting peace. Thank you for giving me three amazing daughters and them giving me seven precious grandchildren. Your legacy will live on in them. You have so much to be proud of. Our children and grandchildren are a wonderful testimony to you. Rest peacefully. May God bless you and receive you into his arms.

  6. Everyone at Birchwood Glen who enjoyed talking with John, young or old will miss having him around;

    Our condolences go out to his entire family.

    R.I.P. friend……….

    Richard Bond
    Holtsville

  7. So sad for the family. John was a regular in our Friday golf group and the only one to get a hole in one. Play on in heaven John.

  8. candleTo the entire O’Connell family. I have so many fun filled memories of you all growing up across the street all those years ago. I just want to send you all my love and prayers. I am very saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you all. Mr. O’Connell, wishing you eternal peace in God’s arms. Love, John Krilovitch and family.

    • Thank you John! We have such fond memories of you and Frank too. We found so many great pictures of us kids playing when we were going through my Dad’s pictures: huge snow forts, horses on our street, and of course, the bus stop! We hope you and your family are well.

  9. Hi all,

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Uncle John. I am thinking of all of you and hoping there is some peace in the days ahead knowing he is not suffering anymore. Wish we could visit and say this in person. Hoping to see you all soon and share memories.

  10. I was very sad to hear about the passing of John. I met him when I first started in the Accounting Branch back in 1972. We also bowled on the same team. I will always remember his friendship and his sense of humor. May he rest in peace. God Bless!

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