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THOMAS B. O'CONNELL Obituary
O'Connell, Thomas B. Of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Cohasset, MA passed away peaceful on March 20, 2014 near his home in Florida. He is survived by his wife Jean O'Connell, Delray Beach, brothers, Lee O'Connell, Peoria, IL and Bob O'Connell, Decatur, IL; sons, Tim O'Connell, Warren, VT; Mike O'Connell, Cohasset, MA; Pat O'Connell, Warren, RI; Tom O'Connell, Williston, VT; and Terry O'Connell, Tolland CT; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Born September 26, 1930 in Chicago, IL, he grew up a star athlete in Chicago's Olympia Fields area. He played for the city high school football championship, then to the University of Illinois. Tommy led his team to a Big Ten title and then a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford in 1952. He had a brief career in the NFL and AFL playing for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. He started for the Cleveland Browns in the 1957 NFL Championship Game while coming off a severely sprained ankle and a hairline fracture of the fibula. Tommy led the NFL in passing in 1957 and held an NFL record for yards per pass for many years. He briefly coached, then joined the investment community in Boston, Massachusetts. Tom also built three skating rinks in Hingham, MA. He enjoyed sailing and skiing earlier in life and later embraced the game of golf. He lived a colorful life, full of ups and downs, twists and turns. He was an optimist that never looked back and always looked forward. Memorial Service to be held at The United Church of Delray Beach, FL, April 8, 2014 9:30am. Rest in peace Tommy O'Connell
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 23, 2014
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