Brian P. O'Connell Sr., 87, of Leominster, passed away at home on July 22, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Brian was born in Birkenhead, England on March 24, 1936, son to the late Patrick and Mary Theresa O'Connell.
In 1957, Brian and his wife Hilda (Williams) traveled to America to start a family and give them a beautiful life - and that they did. They resided and raised their son and three daughters at their home in Ashby and were happily married for 56 years. Brian worked at American Can in Fitchburg for over 30 years as a machinist before retiring in 1991.
Brian enjoyed history, listening to Irish music, traveling, sitting shirtless in the sunshine, telling stories, visiting the ocean and a good pint but above all he loved spending time with his family any chance he got. He was kind, quick witted and known for getting up to sing an Irish ballad or two at functions and family gatherings.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Hilda, his parents Patrick and Mary Theresa O'Connell and brothers Terry and Danny.
Brian leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Joseph Wallace of Ayer; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Michael Trump of Leominster; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Patrick Bean of Florida and son and daughter-in-law Brian and Suzanne O'Connell of Leominster; nine grandchildren, Meagan Monat and husband Brandon, Victoria Churchville, Michael Wallace and wife Lauren, Alexandra White and husband Joseph, Shane Trump, MaryKate Evans and husband Tyrell, Kerrie Campbell, Liam O'Connell and Brennan O'Connell; fifteen great grandchildren Aiden, Emma, Declan, Quinn, Jack, Jacob, Aubree, Jackson, Kynlee, Kellyn, Kendyll, Damienn, Malikai, Messiah and Dexonn.
Brian is also survived by his brothers Sean O'Connell of Fitchburg and Kevin O'Connell and partner Karen of Leominster; loving companion of 10 years Peg Howe of Leominster, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
"May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand."
GOD BLESS ALL IN THIS HOUSE
Funeral services and burial were private and under the direction of Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, MA