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O’Connell, John P.

John Patrick O’Connell, a longtime resident of Dedham, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at his home in Dedham. He was 66. Okie was born October 14, 1954 in Methuen, Massachusetts, one of the eleven children of John Patrick and Margaret (Chapman) O’Connell. He graduated from Haverhill High School with the Class of 1972. He proudly played football during high school and continued at Bridgewater State College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree with the Class of 1976. It was at Bridgewater State that he met his future wife, Gail Marie Bradbury. After college Okie started O’Connell Fence Company which he ran for 15+ years. He changed careers and became an ironworker with Local 7.  In addition to Ironworkers Local Union 7 he was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the Norwood Elks. Okie was the husband of the late Gail Marie (Bradbury) O’Connell and is survived by his two daughters, Keryn Anne LaCivita, and her husband Nicholas, of Mansfield, and Lisa Marie O’Connell of East Boston; his son John Patrick O’Connell of Abington; and his five beloved grandchildren, Brooklyn, Maelyn, Emily, Audrey, and Nolan. Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass Saturday November 21, 2020 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105-9959 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Geri Kelly
    November 20th, 2020 | 11:47 am

    Rest In Peace Oakie we have lots of great memories from Dale St but my families favorite was always the breakfast you cooked on Christmas morning all the Kelly’s and all the O’Connell’s feasted on your delicious cooking ! We will miss you
    The Kelly’s

  2. Fred Jordan
    November 20th, 2020 | 12:40 pm

    RIP Okie. I hope that you will be with Gail.
    Forever brothers, KDP.

  3. George Balis
    November 20th, 2020 | 1:11 pm


  4. November 21st, 2020 | 3:56 pm

    I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the O’Connell Family. John was a very friendly man with a nice smile for everyone! May all your fond memories of your Dad bring comfort to you during this sad time. May John Rest In Peace. Mary Healy

  5. Arlene M Burns Mowry
    December 14th, 2020 | 5:03 pm

    I just heard the news of Okie’s passing and wanted to send my sympathy to the O’Connell/Bradbury families for their loss. Gail was one of my very good friends all through school in Dedham and we both met Okie while attending Bridgewater State. So many memories of our younger years! Rest in Peace Okie. Hoping Gail was waiting for you with open arms. Heartfelt condolences to all.

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