Salem — Mr. Edward C. O’Connell, 89, of Salem, beloved husband of Jane Veronica (Holak) O’Connell, died Friday evening, November 23, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in the Pigeon Cove section of Rockport, June 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Edward C. and Fannie E. (Mackey) O’Connell. He was raised in Rockport and attended Rockport Schools.
An honorably discharged veteran, Edward served his country as a member of the United States Merchant Marines during World War II.
Ed was a seaman all his working life. Upon retiring he spent several years working at the Hogan Regional Center in Danvers.
As a young man, Edward worked in the former C.C.C. camps building many structures still used today on the North Shore. He was a longtime member of the Seafarers International union.
A longtime dedicated communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem, Ed was a member of the Ward II Social Club in Salem. Mr. O'Connell enjoyed his daily walks with his devoted canine companion, Beau, along the Collins Cove walkway in his neighborhood. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife of 58 years, Edward is survived by two daughters, Nancy O’Connell of Salem and Janice Fierimonte and her husband, George of Tewksbury; his son, Edward C. O’Connell and his wife, Susan of Las Vegas, N.V.; his five devoted grandchildren, Meghan (Fierimonte) Oliveira and her husband, Felipe, Marisa Fierimonte and Private First Class, United States Army John Fierimonte, April O'Connell and Edward O'Connell III; his one beloved great-grandson, Mason Oliveira; his sister, Dolores McLellan of Cumberland, Maine, and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Harold "Toby" O’Connell of Rockport.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square (At Salem Common), Salem, Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Edward’s memory to the Plummer Home for Boys, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com