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Maj. Daniel O’Connell

SHARON — Retired United States Marine Corps Major Daniel John O’Connell, 78, of Nederland, Texas, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019. 

He was born Nov. 27, 1940, in Sharon, the son of Ruth (Swain) and Eugene Daniel O’Connell.

Dan served in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years. He began as a private and worked his way up to a major. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded many commendations and medals. He retired as a part of Aviation Ordnance.

He was also an Eagle Scout. He had always been supportive of the Boy Scouts of America and served in many leadership roles with the Eastern North Carolina Troop and Council. For the last 10 years, he supported the Nederland local Troop 232, where his two grandsons also earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Dan loved to read, especially about the Civil War. He also enjoyed cooking and sitting on the front porch. Most of all, he loved being with his family and friends. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Jeannette Lorraine (O’Connell) Suire and her husband, Christopher Paul Suire; five grandchildren, Bradley, Kimberly, Wesley, Emily and Makynnly Suire; a great-grandson, Beckett Suire; a sister, Mary Elizabeth (O’Connell) Friedman; a niece, Sharon Ann (Brigham) Spratt; and his nephews, Rob, Jeff, Scott and Chris Brigham.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Eugene O’Connell; his oldest sister, Barbara Ann (O’Connell) Brigham; and nephew, Mark Brigham.

Major O’Connell’s committal will be held Friday, July 5, at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont Texas. Military Honors will be presented by the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. 

A gathering of his family and friends will follow at his home to celebrate his life.