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William H. O'Connell, SKCM, passed away November 28, 2012, in Cocoa Beach, FL. He was born April 19, 1930 in Newport, RI, to the late John and Nellie (Collins) O'Connell.
After 28 years in the US Navy, he retired as a Master Chief to Cocoa Beach where he could enjoy the things that he loved: the Ocean, seafood and fishing. He also loved watching every launch of the Space Shuttle in person.
He is survived by his daughters, Kate (Bob D'Addario) O'Connell, and grandson, Nick D'Addario of Cortland, NY, and Donna and Mary O'Connell of RI. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Sue) O'Connell of VA, special friend Marge Gibson of Cocoa Beach, and many nieces and nephews. Billie was predeceased by his granddaughter, Cassidy D'Addario on October 9, 2012. He was also predeceased by his sister, Margaret Eileen Solecki, brother, John O'Connell and wife, Sarah Bottomley O'Connell.
At his request, there will be no services.
Contributions in Billie's memory may be sent to Franziska Racker Center, 3226 Wilkins Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850.
Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Rockledge, FL, 321-632-1350.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Dec. 8, 2012