O'Connell, James M. age 60, of Dunedin, FL and Chicago, passed away peacefully in Dunedin, FL, beloved husband of Maureen (nee Kelly), loving father of James (Theresa) and Colleen O'Connell, cherished grandfather of Bailey, Madison, and James, dear son of the late James and Marion (nee McKeon), best friend and brother of Jayne (the late William) Dickinson, Edmund (Sharon), Donna (Roger) Verbeeren, Patricia (Michael), Stacy-Sulima, and Eileen (John) Morris, devoted nephew of Eileen (Boyce) and best uncle of many nieces and nephews, dearest son-in-law of Bridie (the late Thomas) Kelly, brother-in-law of Michael (Calann), Thomas (Pam), and John Kelly. Retired City of Chicago Plumbing Inspector in Charge, (past officer of Local 130); Retired Merrionette Park Police Officer. Past officer of Alsip Police Department and Grand Beach Michigan Police Department; Past first Vice President of the Emerald Society of Illinois founding member of the National Emerald Society, Bagpiper in the Emerald Society Chicago Police Bagpipes and Drums, first lone midnight piper at the National Police Memorial in Washington, DC member of Paulist Choir and the Fraternal Order of Police. Member of the Clearwater and Dunedin Yacht Clubs. Worked three tours in Iraq with KBR Erecting Military Ground Support serving the personel between 2005 and 2008. Memorial Visitation Thursday, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Friday, 9:15 a.m. from the Andrew J. McGann and Son Funeral Home, 10727 S. Pulaski Rd., to St. Bede the Venerable Church, for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations made to The National Law Enforcement Museum (www.nleofm.org) and Hope for the Warriors (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) would be appreciated. 773-783-7700 or 708-423-5400
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times from January 26 to January 27, 2010