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Thomas Byron O'Connell

Visitation Visiting hours will be held at the Pelham Funeral Home Wednesday from 4-8pm.
Funeral Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Pelham Manor, NY on Thursday at 10am.
Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY
Born December 17, 1926
Died October 13, 2013
THOMAS BYRON O'CONNELL
Thomas Byron O'Connell died on October 13, 2013, at Sound Shore Hospital, after a long illness. The wake will be held on Wednesday, October 16, from 4pm to 8pm, at the Pelham Funeral Home. A Mass for Christian Burial will be said on Thursday, October 17, at 10am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Pelham Manor. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, NY. He was a lifelong Westchester resident, living primarily in New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon and Bronxville.

Born in Manhattan on December 17, 1926, Mr. O'Connell was the son of the late Thomas Joseph and Isabelle O'Connell. He grew up in Bronxville Manor and graduated from Tuckahoe High School in 1944. He was an Eagle Scout, and created a Victory Garden for the local community during World War II. As part of the "Greatest Generation," he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and served valiantly during World War II. He graduated from Columbia University in 1953 with a major in accounting.

In 1956, he and Mary Hope Peel were married. They had seven children: Mary Rose, Thomas, Robert, Isabelle, Hope, Francis and Anne. He has 10 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and all of his children and grandchildren, as well as his brother, Robert Andrew, of Springfield, Virginia.

In the 1950s, he created "Taxco," his own tax preparation and accounting business in Westchester. He served many local residents. Taxco is carried on by his son, Tom O'Connell, in New Rochelle.

He was a dedicated parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. He was active in Pro-Life activities and the protection of the unborn. He enjoyed playing the piano, organizing baseball games with his children, and watching old movies. He also enjoyed reading aloud to his children and acting out parts from books.

In lieu of flowers, any donations will be accepted by Jansen Hospice & Palliative Care Scarsdale, NY, 914 787 5001; http://www.jansenhospice.org/mysitecaddy/site3/donateonline.htm.

He will be dearly missed by all.

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