James Joseph O'Connell, 92, beloved husband of 66 years to C. Muriel Visel O'Connell passed away March 19, 2012 after a brief illness. Loving father of Karen O'Connell of East Haven, Jay O'Connell and his wife Claudia, of Hamden, and the late Robert O'Connell. Grandfather of Kathleen, Meredith and Matthew James O'Connell, David and Ryan Mingrone. Brother of Pat Decker and Jane Park both of Hamden, and the late Sue Holcomb and Thomas O'Connell. He is also survived by many long time friends. He was born in New Haven February 10, 1920 a son of the late James and Irene Oates O'Connell and was a life long Hamden resident. He proudly served in the US Army during WW II as a sergeant in the Pacific Theater. Mr. O'Connell was a self employed plumber, and was later employed by the Hamden Board of Education as a plumber from 1970 until his retirement in 1990. James was long time parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church, a member of the B.P.O.E. #2224 of Hamden, American Legion Post # 88, and was a life long avid Red Sox fan. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Friday morning March 23 at 9:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church at 10 a.m. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors in All Saints Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America, 300 Research Pkwy., Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dear Muriel and Family So sorry to hear about Buddy’s passing. I will always remember his laughter after .Hide the beer.. My thoughts and prays are with you and your family

  2. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Bud’s passing. He was a tremendous friend of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Muriel and the rest of the O’Connell family.

  3. Karen and Family, May the many wonderful memories of your father see you through this most difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Elizabeth Tobin

  4. Dear Muriel & Family We are so sorry to hear of .Buddy’s. passing. I do have to admit when I think of all the times Buddy had to come on Christmas Eve Day to fix the plumbing I smile. I know Mom & Dad as well as us kids loved you both very much and always enjoyed being in your company. You are wonderful people and my prayers are with you. Love Karen & Family

  5. Karen & Family, My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. We are very sorry to hear the passing of your Father. Sincerely, Mark & Kara

  6. .How about those Red Sox!. That is what Buddy would shout from his truck window at us kids in the St. Mary Street neighborhood. Most of us being Yankee fans; he succeeded in getting us all riled up every day. I have fond memories of him. Muriel, I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family, you were great neighbors.

  7. Dear Karen & Family, So sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy on your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Tony & Jan

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