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O'CONNELL, James Garland Of Newton, passed away peacefully on Sept. 5 at 67. He is survived by his beloved family -- wife Susan Kiggins O'Connell; children Jonathan and Karen; daughter-in-law Tina; and grandchildren Louise and James. Also survived by brother Raymond and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Elmhurst, Ill. and raised in Litchfield, Conn., he was a talented engineer from a young age, going on to graduate from MIT in 1971 and designing and building a series of diagnostic medical equipment during a long career. Personally he was a lover of learning – history, music, sports – who took as much joy from playing the piano or sailing as he did building a robot in the basement. His favorite times were with family and friends and he will be remembered by many for his big laugh, storytelling and ability (and willingness!) to fix just about anything. Visiting hours on Thursday Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8, both from 2-6 p.m., at the family home, 231 Upland Road in Newtonville. A service is being planned, details to follow. Cause of death was congestive heart failure. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to Lahey Medical Center or the .

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 7, 2016
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