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Patrick T. O'Connell
Patrick T. O'Connell

March 30, 1935 - July 4, 2017
Born in New York
Resided in Irvine, CA
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Patrick Thomas O'Connell was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 30, 1935. He was the fourth and youngest child of Daniel O'Connell and Elizabeth Greeley. Patrick passed away peacefully at home in Irvine, California, surrounded by family on July 4, 2017. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings Daniel O'Connell, Marie Carroll and Beatrice Finley.

Growing up during the Great Depression in the mostly Italian neighborhood around Arthur Avenue and Fordham Road, Patrick played in the streets and met a group of friends he would remain close to for much of his life. In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in flag communications on the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan and on the USS Los Angeles, a Baltimore class heavy cruiser.

After completing his military service, Patrick used the G.I. Bill to enroll at Citrus Junior College followed by San Jose State University where he graduated with a degree in business despite never having completed high school. He moved to Los Angeles and worked at Security Pacific Bank where he met Patricia Kennedy. They married on April 15, 1967, and welcomed three children over the next couple years - Daniel, Kathleen and Kevin. Looking for the perfect spot to raise their new family, they bought a home and settled in Irvine in 1972, which at that time was a new master planned community set among the orange groves of Southern California. Truly a Shangri-La for a kid from the Bronx, Patrick lived the rest of his life in Irvine, happy for the sunshine and safety the community afforded.

Patrick spent most of his career as operations manager with Yamaha Corporation's music division as it expanded nationally from its base in Orange County. He coordinated distribution and logistics for the shipment of pianos and other equipment to suppliers across the country. Post retirement, he became an active volunteer with the Family to Family program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness where he provided education and support to people caring for loved ones with mental illness. Through this work, he was introduced to the Wraparound program at New Alternatives, and subsequently worked as a parent partner assisting at-risk families up until his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer in May 2017.

A true New Yorker through and through, Patrick remained loyal to his beloved New York Yankees and New York Giants and enjoyed watching as many games as he could on west coast television. His other pastime was horse racing and he could be found most Saturdays at the track - but always made it back in time to attend evening mass. He was a devoted Catholic and longtime parishioner at St. John Neumann Church in Irvine.

Patrick is survived by his loving wife Patricia, who he was married to for 50 years, and children Daniel O’Connell (Dawna Hoffman), Kathleen O’Connell (Bill Hines) and Kevin O’Connell, and grandchildren Aidan O’Connell, Lily Hines and Ava Hines. Patrick’s generous and giving spirit will be missed by many. He will be remembered for his integrity and character upon which a broad arc of happiness and security was founded for his children and grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held on July 19, 2017, at 12 noon at St. John Neumann in Irvine. A luncheon reception and celebration of life will follow in the church's Conlon Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made in Patrick's honor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Orange County (www.namioc.org).




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