John Joseph O'Connell, retired Battalion Chief FDNY on August 21, 2019. Born in New York City in 1935, the beloved son of the late John & Margaret (Brennan). Dear brother of Elizabeth, Thomas, Maurice and Margaret. Loving husband of the late Helen (Forde). Devoted father of Helen Ryan (Neal), Jane Spillane (Timothy) and the late Joanne Thompson. Cherished grandfather of Timothy, Lauren, Shannon, Sean, Jillian and Jessica. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will take place on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Redden’s Funeral Home, 325 W 14th Street, New York, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Mary Manning Walsh Volunteer Association, 1339 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, Attention: Sr. Michael Mary.