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May 12, 2013

Peter V. O'Connell, 54

Methuen, MA — Peter Vincent O'Connell, 54, of New Market and formerly of Methuen, Mass., died Sunday, May 5, 2013. Born March 15, 1959, in Lawrence, Mass., he was the son of Caryl O'Connell of Methuen and the late Vincent O'Connell. He was the husband of Joan Trudel O'Connell, formerly of Boylston, Mass., his wife of 31 years. Mr. O'Connell served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was employed as a health physicist for the U.S. Department of Energy for more than 20 years. He was a very active member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Libertytown, where he taught CCD and was active with the youth groups. He volunteered at Frederick homeless shelter and was a regular apheresis volunteer platelet donor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He enjoyed coaching his daughter's soccer and softball teams; running marathons; and had served as treasurer of his GOHO exercise group. He was a devoted and loving father to his two daughters, Kerry Ellen O'Connell and Dana Joann O'Connell, both of New Market. He is also survived by his siblings, Debbie O'Connell of Methuen, Colleen McGowan and husband, Frank of West Chester, Pa., Paula Giarrusso and husband, Michael of Methuen, and Stephen O'Connell and wife, Gina of Glastonbury, Conn. He was loved by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ellen Morisseau. He will be missed by all.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Peter O'Connell Memorial Education Fund, c/o M&T Bank, 6093 Springridge Pkwy, Frederick, MD, 21701. Visiting hours for family and friends will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, MA, 01844. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Monica’s Church in Methuen, Mass. To send online condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com.