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Noel O'Connell

December 23, 1954 ~ August 12, 2020 (age 65)


Noel O'Connell of Pearl River, NY died peacefully at home on August 12, 2020, surrounded by loving family.

Noel was born on December 23, 1954 in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland to Mary (née O’Sullivan) & Patrick J. O’Connell, of the "Andy" O'Connell clan.  The youngest of 6 boys, their family immigrated to The Bronx, NY when Noel was six years old.  He spent many childhood summers back in his beloved hometown of Cahersiveen, where he developed his lifelong love and passion for Gaelic games.  He was very involved with the NY Gaelic Athletic Association throughout his life, in all capacities from player, to coach, to Chairman of the Minor Board.  He loved coaching, and did so with his home club of Rockland GAA since 1996.

Noel was a devoted, loving husband of 30 years to Eileen, and adoring father of their daughter Maeve Grace.

He worked for Con Edison/Orange & Rockland Utilities for over 31 years.

Noel will be deeply missed by all whose lives he has touched throughout his journey on this Earth. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, positive attitude, and love of sport and music.

As everyone who knew him knows, he could light up a room the second he walked into it and had a funny story to fit every situation.  We will all miss his incredible story telling ability greatly.

Noel is survived by his loving wife, Eileen, daughter Maeve, and his beloved 4-legged companion Trixie;  brother Joseph (& Nancy), sisters-in-law Margie, Terri, Lorraine, and Bridget, brothers-in-law Mike (& Brenda), Tom (& Helena) Gaffney;  nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours & friends.

Noel is pre-deceased by his parents, brothers  Padraig (& Pauline), Michael, Eugene and Bart.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitation and services will be private, and limited to family only.  

A celebration of Noel's life will be held at a future date.

Thank you to all of you who have offered so many prayers and so much support to Noel and his family during his difficult battle with ALS.

May He Rest In Peace.

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