Michael F. O’Connell

July 11th, 2016

Michael F. O’Connell, age 24, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Michael was born on October 25, 1991; he was the dear son of Kevin and Cindi O’Connell. Michael was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the Class of 2010. Michael went on to continue his education at Middlesex Community College in Bedford where he earned and Associates Degree in Criminal Science.

Throughout his life, Michael was an outstanding athlete; he played baseball, football, swimming, but he excelled in soccer. Michael was a standout soccer player with for Wilmington Youth Soccer as well as Shawsheen Tech High School Soccer Team and earned title as MVP for both programs. Michael returned to help coach the soccer team at Shawsheen Tech for several years following graduation.

At the time of his death, Michael was employed as a Mental Health Specialist for McLean Hospital in Belmont; Michael was a hard worker who always showed kindness and compassion for his patients.

In his spare time, Michael volunteered as a youth counselor at the Northwoods YMCA Camp in New Hampshire; he had such a passion for helping children and would do anything to make even one child’s life better.

Michael was a member of a large and loving family; he was one of nine siblings and he always made his family his number one priority. Michael cherished the time he spent with his family at their lake house in New Hampshire and loved to “hang out” at home in Wilmington with his parents and siblings. Michael enjoyed family holidays and special occasions; he looked forward to any reason to get together with his parents and siblings and they always had a great time no matter what they were doing.

Michael was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. Michael had a large extended family and tons of friends; his endearing personality and willingness to see the good in people made everyone want to be around him. Michael was a special person who always tried to make a difference in the world; he was greatly loved and will forever be missed.

Michael was the cherished son of Kevin and Cindi (Aubert) O’ Connell of Wilmington, beloved brother of Kim Peters & husband Glenn of Billerica, Kevin O’Connell of Lowell, Kelli O’Connell of Burlington, Eric Anderson of Hudson, NH, Shayna O’Connell of Tewksbury, Nick O’Connell, Chris O’Connell, and Matthew O’Connell all of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Alycia, Justin, Cheyenne, Madison, Cameron, Colleen, Emily, Julia, Jamie, Gavin, Ava, and great-niece Riley. Mike is also survived by his girlfriend Melissa Hoover of Wilmington, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to DCF Kids Fund, Inc. and send to Jennifer Kitchenham Executive Director of the DCF Kids Fund, Inc., 600 Washington St, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02111.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “Michael F. O’Connell”

  1. Edgar Remotti says:

    I remember when I first met Mike 2 years ago during orientation at McLean Hospital – I could instantly tell how kind and generous he was. I’ll miss poking fun at you, hearing about all the books you read each week (when let’s be real, you were playing phone games), and most of all, getting abandoned on the hill near the admissions building as your drove off with Alan following our shift. Most of all Mike, I’m going to miss that big doofy smile of yours.

    All jokes aside, I’ll never forget the honesty of your character. You had an indomitable fortitude and infectious personality – your friends can absolutely vouch for this, as could the patients you treated. In the small amount of time you have been here Mike, you have had an enormous impact on those around you, one they won’t soon forget.

    I’m really going to miss you Mike, you were one of the good guys…

  2. David, Michelle, Briana and Chris Haley says:

    To the O’Connell family
    Michael was a person that you would be proud to know. He had a huge heart as you all do. He will be missed.
    Prayers go out to you all

  3. Jenna says:

    My deepest condolences for your loss Michael was a spectacular man I hope he rests easy

  4. Lisa Pizarro says:

    Kelli and family, I grieve with you and for you. Although we’ve never met, I feel like I have known you for years through Stacey, who loves you all so much. I pray for you all; peace, comfort, and love, while celebrating the beautiful life of Michael. As I believe, Michael will always be with you. Offering deep love and condolences, from my family to yours – The Pizarro’s xoxo

  5. Diane Hoover says:

    What a wonderful man you became Michael. Made an impact on everyone you met. generous& so giving!! Came to all our family events with Melissa. You always made us laugh.A gentle soul& Big heart. You will be greatly missed. Love you Mike. Love, Diane M. Hoover

  6. Michael O'Malley says:

    Rip buddy.

  7. Noreen Sullivan says:

    Oh Michael, my heart is broken that you are gone. You are one of the good guys. You were so dedicated to your family and girl friend. You were such a wonderful MHS here at work. I was so proud to have worked with you. We have lost a wonderful, kind, gentle young man. I know that your parents must have been so proud of you. Watch over us Micheal, we need your grace.

  8. Dalio family says:

    I am very sorry for your loss

  9. tabor says:

    So sorry for your loss….it’s one of life’s saddest things ….I am truly sorry…

  10. LJ says:

    Losing a child is so unnatural, I can not imagine your pain. We were not created to die, Gods purpose was for us to live forever in paradise on earth. God’s purpose has not changed. “From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. Where are your stings, O Death? Where is your destructiveness, O Grave? Compassion will be concealed from my eyes.” (Hosea 13:14) God will resurrect those who have fallen asleep in death, and he will destroy death completely. We will no longer lose loved ones in death, or die ourselves. (Isaiah 25:8; 1 Corinthians 15:26) What will the earth be like? “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4) I hope this knowledge brings you comfort, as you deal with your loss.

  11. Dana says:

    You were an amazing men …. And had a heart like no other cared about others before your self you don’t meet THOUSE people now a day there hard to find meeting you was a blessing in the sky and I am great full that I could share some moment with you I no your looking down on all your friends and love one ???? (I’m sorry )

  12. Janice N Ferreira says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Michael. After reading the entries & posts, I wish I had…such an outstanding person who was taken far too soon. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  13. Ilene Bilenky says:

    I worked with Mike many nights at McLean. He was so grounded, and had such fine values and lived them all the time. I was looking forward to the day (when the time was right) that he would be a father, since he was also looking forward to this with great love. Everyone who knew him has had a loss, and I do hope we can honor his memory by living as well as he showed us.

  14. Frank Kyle says:

    I used to work with Mike at Sonny’s ,he was a great guy , I was devastated when I heard he had passed , my sincere and deepest sympathies go out to his family

  15. Jacob Allen says:

    To the O’Connells I’m truly sorry that this has happened. Michael was one of my favorite councilors at North Woods and I got to work with him there on several occasions. He taught me to give it my all and not the be afraid of a little scrapes and bumps from all the sports we did there. He was a great teacher and always had the kids happy and involved. He will surely be missed. Best wishes in the time to come.

    North Woods attendee

  16. Scott says:

    mike was a awesome dude didn’t no him to well only from work in Wilmington shell but he was always kind person u could vent to him and he would talk to u always said please thank u sir mam didn’t no him that good but he was deffinitly a good person and that’s why he got tooken cuz only the good die young rest in peace mike and for his family gf sorry for ur loss just think of the good times

  17. MACLISE JEAN says:

    To the O’Connells: I am sorry for your loss. No parents should outlive their children. Its wrong. Micheal was a great man, son, friend and worker. He and I talked about the worst topics/subjects you can’t ever think of. :) He was very open and approachable. He took his work very serious. I have never seen anyone worked as hard as Micheal. He was truly loved amongst his peers. Micheal, I will forever cherish our time together. You will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace!!

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

  18. john and jeannie o'connell says:

    Michael was a wonderful young man who gave us all a great gift of his friendship.It was always a great pleasure to see him when the occasion arose and he left you with a sense of someone who is living life right with much more to come.To Cindy,Kevin and all your children and grandchildren,to Melissa and anyone who knew Michael .Our hearts are heavy with your loss,for he is quite Irreplaceable.Sincerely, John,Jeannie,Brooke and Pat

  19. Jennifer Kitchenham says:

    I did not know Michael but his love for children and his passion to help “make even one child’s life better” is shining through in the generous donations that individuals have made in his memory to the DCF Kids Fund.
    Thank you Michael for continuing to spread your kindness and compassion to children in need.
    Jennifer Kitchenham

  20. Joe and Nancy Benedetto says:

    Although we only met Michael one time,he left a great impression on us. Michael was an outstanding young man.He was taken from us too soon. Michael, may you rest in with the angels for you are one of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cindi,Kevin and the whole O’Connell Family.

    Love, Aunt Nancy & Uncle Joe

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