Arthur J. O'Connell

September 19, 1928 - October 05, 2017

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Arthur O’Connell, 89, of Old Tappan NJ (formerly of Dumont and Emerson) passed away peacefully on October 5, 2017.  Predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Nancy (nee Shanahan) in 2012.  Devoted father to his children Kevin (Nancy) O’Connell of Park Ridge, Edward of Dumont, Eileen (Anthony) Andriano of River Vale and Nancy O’Connell of Englewood.  A great joy in Artie’s life were his cherished grandchildren , Timothy (Eileen) and Brian (Lauren) O’Connell, Meghan (Michael) Norris, Melissa O’Connell, Marian and Jaclyn Andriano and his great granddaughters, Haleigh and Ellie O’Connell and great grandson Braxton Norris.


Artie was born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he lived with his parents Timothy (County Cork) and Mary (nee McDaniel  - County Monaghan) and older brother Daniel.  He attended Cardinal Hayes High School and worked for the New York Telephone Company and AT&T.  He served in the U.S Army during the Korean War with basic training at Camp Gordon in 1951 followed by deployment to Okinawa at Kadena Air Base.  Artie was an avid golfer, Yankees fan and parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Haworth, NJ.  We will miss him dearly, but find comfort knowing he’s with the Lord and reunited with his wife who he adores and dances with so beautifully.


The Funeral mass will be offered on Monday, October 9, 2017, 11 AM at Sacred Heart Church,  Haworth, NJ.  Visiting on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spectrum for Living, 210 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675.