Mr. O’Connell was born in Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Mass. on June 20, 1947 to Thomas G. and Clara B. O’Connell. Mr. O’Connell moved with his family to Jamestown shortly after the 1954 hurricane and resided on High Street. He worked for the Town of Jamestown during summer vacations in his high school years.
He graduated from Rogers High School in Newport in 1965. He later attended the University of Rhode Island and was employed on survey crews constructing both the I-95 New London, Conn. Bridge and the Newport Pell Bridge. Residences in his early years included Standish Road on Shoreby Hill, and two on Bay View Drive.
Tim began his career with the Jamestown Police Department. He served as both a Special Police Officer and Dispatcher during his career of over 30 years. During his career, he handled thousands of calls from anyone needing assistance in Jamestown. From lost dogs to fatalities, he was known as the consummate professional. With an encyclopedic knowledge of Jamestown, he was often able to render expert directions to Jamestown first responders, and received numerous commendations for his excellent work. For many tourists and travelers stopping at the police station, he was an ambassador of good will for the community.
Tim was a well-known figure at the Jamestown Deli during early morning hours where he had a smile and kind word for all.
He resided on Bayberry Road with his wife and three children for many years, and later resided with his oldest son Matthew in Warwick prior to his illness and hospitalization at Kent County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Kent Regency Center.
He was predeceased by his wife, Linda (Williams) O’Connell. He leaves two sons, Matthew of Warwick, Eric of Boston, Mass., and a daughter, Deborah, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. His mother, Claire O’Connell, resides in Tiverton, and his father, Thomas G. O’Connell, died in 2006. He is also survived by an older brother, Thomas W. O’Connell of Alexandria, Va., and two younger sisters, Sally Pezanko of Plymouth, Mass. and Laurie Fischer of North Providence.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be sent to Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, 20 Powel Ave., Newport, RI 02840.