J. O'Connell
Mission Park Funeral Chapels Cherry Ridge
3401 Cherryridge
San Antonio, TX
J. Pat O'Connell passed away Monday, June 24 at the age of 66. He was the oldest son of the late Mollie Winters O'Connell and Williston John ("Bill") O'Connell. A prominent local businessman, Pat was a gifted and admired local athlete. While at Thomas Jefferson High School, he won the Thom McAn Award in 1964 and earned All State and All American distinctions in football. Later, while attending Southern Methodist University he played in the 1966 Cotton Bowl and 1969 Astro Bluebonnet Bowl. Known to many as simply "Big O", he was a big man who achieved big things with the biggest of hearts. His generosity of spirit, his zest for life and his love of family tantamount to it all. We will miss him dearly. Pat was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Paul Howell and Susan Adams. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Barbie, his children Chris and Trish, mother Betty O'Connell, siblings Bob Howell and wife Ruan Reast, Warren O'Connell, Charity O'Connell Yarborough, Wayne O'Connell and wife Dee, Scott O'Connell and wife CeCelia and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. A private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. You may sign the online guest book at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section.

Published by San Antonio Express-News on Jun. 26, 2013.
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Miss you. Wish you were still here with us.
Richard Kret
June 30, 2021
Think of you often....wish you were still with us.
Richard Kret
June 20, 2019
My prayers and sympathies go out to all of you. Pat was a wonderful man.
Billy Tassos
June 28, 2013
Deepest sympathies from your friends at Beacon Real Estate Services. Pat was a prince among men and will be greatly missed.
Gary, Kim, Paul, Mingo, Crystal
Kim Kidd-Hasson
June 28, 2013
I have only the happiest memories of you and Pat and they are treasured. My love to you and your children at this time.

Kit Burton
Kit Burton
June 27, 2013
Our deepest sympathy from our family to the O Connell family. Pat was an outstanding person, a friend who is deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rhonda Branham
June 27, 2013
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. He was a sweet and wonderful person always to us here at Lillibridge. I will miss his warm & friendly smile. May God Bless you and your family.
Lillie Rodriguez
June 27, 2013
I am so sad to hear of Pat's passing. He was a good friend and business associate and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Barbie, Trish and the entire O'Connell family. May he rest in peace.
Debra Bell
June 27, 2013
It is sad to hear of Pat's passing. We played football at Jeff. He was a good Friend! May God give the family peace that passes all understanding!!!!
Hilario (Lalo) Pena
June 26, 2013
My deepest condolences to the entire O'Connell family.
Fidel Alvarado
Oak Hills Country Club
June 26, 2013
Wayne,so sorry for you and your family.Pat will be missed greatly.Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Denise Brosseau Chamberlin
denise chamberlin
June 26, 2013
Saddened to hear the news, our condolences to you Chris and your family. Ruth Kloza and Dora Salinas
June 26, 2013
I am sad to hear of Pat's passing. He was a good friend of my brothers, Mike & Doug Schroeder. And he was a good kind person to the little sister. Rest in peace, Pat. You are loved and missed already. God has a special angel in heaven with him. Peace to all of his family and friends.
Patricia Schroeder Moss
June 26, 2013
Pat coached me at YMCA when I was a youngster. I always enjoyed visiting with him as an adult. God Bless the whole OCONNELL family.
Quincy Barnes
June 26, 2013
Sorry to hear of Pat's passing.
Mae Thayer Chilton
June 26, 2013
Pat will be missed at tje SAQB Club and the Jefferson FB gatherings. In fact, he'll be missed everywhere. Great guy!
David S. Sims TJ '62
June 26, 2013
We were so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. He was always so fun to be around, enjoyed by all. Barbie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Tullis and Liz
June 26, 2013
Our deepest condolences to Barbie and the entire O'Connell family.
cecil martinez
June 26, 2013
June 26, 2013
What a great loss, a great man. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the family. Love The Moores
Shelly and Lance Moore
June 26, 2013
I am truly sadden by the lost of this good friend of thirty years. My prayers to him and all his family. May God Bless them.
Richard Kret
June 26, 2013
Sorry to hear about Pat. He was a great guy. My sympathies to the whole family.

Ron Renker
June 26, 2013
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