William O'Connell
1950 - 2019
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O'Connell, William Joseph "Billy" Born January 29, 1950, passed on April 16, 2019. Son of the late Edna Hines O'Connell and James D. O'Connell; brother of the late Margaret O'Connell Sparks (George), James D. O'Connell (Carole), and Delia O'Connell Wozniak (John); Uncle Billy to Jami O'Connell (Diana), Patrick O'Connell (Jan), William Sparks (Jenny), James Sparks (Anna), Jennie Wozniak Boyle (Patrick), John Wozniak (Cella), Delia Wozniak Lacson (Justin), Traci Barker (Paul), and Erin Passmore (Bill). He had 12 grandnieces and nephews. Billy enjoyed numerous forever friendships. All of us were his "kids" and he was the biggest, most fun kid of all. We thank him for showing us how to live out loud! Always a song in his heart and a swagger in his step. We wish we had more time together. Every day we had was truly a gift. Memorial donations to Heartland Alliance Health/Northside Grocery Center, 5543 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois 60640, the Irving Park YMCA, or The Howard Brown Clinic.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on May 15, 2019.
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May 19, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the O'Connell family. I was surprised of learning that Billy had passed. It seems that the younger ones are going before us. I often wonder what happened to all our friends from long ago. I believe my guardian angel let's me know some how , some way. May God bless and keep us all.
John Karedes
May 18, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May your cherished memories created, brighten your days and help sustain you at this time. John 6:40 gives much comfort by looking forward to Jesus promise of seeing your love one again

May 15, 2019
Billy, I will miss your whole-hearted laughter and the warmth you shared with everyone around you. So many inside jokes, and countless memories of growing up with you as my friend, my uncle and my godfather of soul.
Deila Lacson
May 15, 2019
May the prayers and loving kindness be a comfort,at this time of sadness,continue praying to God,and he will listen,and give you a future of a paradise hope. Jeremiah :11,12
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