ST. ALBANS — Bob O’Connell, age 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 19, 2013, after a brief illness. Born by chance in San Francisco, Calif., on Feb. 22, 1944 while his father was serving in the Navy, Charles and Catherine O’Connell shortly returned home with their young son to St. Albans. Charles was employed as the assistant manager of the St. Albans Grain Co., and later worked as the store manager for the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. Raised at 9 Barlow Street in St. Albans City and with roots in Vermont extending back to the 19th century, Bob was truly a son of the Green Mountain State.
Beloved husband of 44 years to Lynn O’Connell, devoted father to Ted (Karen), and Michael. Brother-in-law of Paul and Mary Ferrari, and the late William and Therese Kiely, and Uncle to the Ferrari and Kiely families.
Bob attended St. Mary’s Grammar School and High School in St. Albans. During his youth, Bob was a charter member of the Columbian Squires (sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #297), and was the 1962 State of Vermont winner of the American Legion National Oratorical Contest. He also studied music under the legendary Sterling Weed, and was a member of the Bellows Free Academy Band. Bob graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Political Science in 1966, and later earned a Master’s in Communications from Stanford University in 1968.
After service in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence officer, Bob returned with his young family to San Francisco, where he would spend the rest of his life. However, he never forgot his Green Mountain roots and always spoke proudly of his Vermont heritage. Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of San Francisco Law School while working full-time at Hibernia Bank as a real estate appraiser, and retired from the practice of law after 31 years with the VA and USPS. Respected personally and professionally, and loved by his family. He will never be forgotten.
Bob’s Funeral Mass was held on July 25, 2013 at St Brendan Church in San Francisco, and he was laid to rest in the Italian Cemetery in Colma, CA, near the members of his beloved wife’s family. Donations may be made to St. Anne’s Shrine, 92 St. Anne’s Road, Isle La Motte 05463.