OBITUARY: Charles B. O’Connell, 51

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Charles B. O’Connell, fondly known as “Chuckie” to his family and friends, of Gilmanton, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Lexington, MA, Wilmington, MA and Biddeford, ME, passed away unexpectedly at home on December 5, 2021, at the age of 51.

Chuckie was born in Winchester, MA on September 27, 1970; he was the cherished son of the late Leo P. Jr. and Marie T. (Baldwin) O’Connell. Chuckie was part of a large and loving family who were brought up in Wilmington and Lexington. He graduated from Lexington High School with the Class of 1988 before moving back to Wilmington. Chuckie made many life-long friends wherever he was; he was just “that guy” that everyone wanted to be around.

Chuckie was a hard worker and talented carpenter throughout his adult life; he was always helping someone with a construction project whether it was an addition, a quick fix or a complete house. Chuckie was self-employed for many years; he had great customer service skills and his work was meticulous. More recently he worked for Beckwith Marine Construction Company where he struck up many friends with his co-workers.

Chuckie loved the outdoors which began by spending his childhood summers at his grandparent’s cottage in Buzzell Cove on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed heading out with family and friends on their snow mobiles, skiing, boating, and four-wheeling. He just loved being in the nature of New Hampshire and Maine; the beauty of their lakes and mountains as well as the sight of the American Bald Eagle soaring in the skies.

Family was very important to Chuckie; the youngest of nine siblings and undoubtedly the “Fun Uncle” to his many nieces, nephews, and their kids. Chuckie looked forward to countless family parties and gatherings not only with his family, but with his large extended family of O’Connell’s, Baldwin’s, Lynch’s, Nolan’s and Cushing’s, throughout the years. The family home on Hunt Road had an “open door policy” for family and friends; it was always bustling with people and his mom Marie was at the helm cooking up a storm.

Chuckie also looked forward to his weekends in Maine, whether it was with his family, his friends or his girlfriend Audra and her family; everyone always had a lot of fun.

Chuckie will be fondly remembered for his beautiful smile, his infectious laugh, his love of animals, especially people’s dogs, and his ability to help everyone and see the good in others. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Chuckie was the beloved son of the late Leo and Marie O’Connell, dear brother of Leo P. O’Connell III & his wife Lucille of Laconia, NH, Daniel R. O’Connell & his wife Carol of Seabrook, NH, the late David D. O’Connell & his late wife Anne of Lynn, Kathleen M. Galeno of Georgetown, the late Nancy E. Roberts & husband David formerly of Maine, Marie T. O’Connell of Middleborough, the late Darlene O’Connell Fleming of Maine, and John J. O’Connell & his wife Amy of Gilmanton, NH. Chuckie was the “Loving and Fun Uncle” to his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He is further survived by his girlfriend, Audra Fournell, of Maine, as well as his many cousins and friends.

Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, December 16th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Chuckie’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m. followed by his interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Chuckie’s memory to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Charles O'Connell

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