Robert L. O’Connell, Jr., 66

Robert L. O’Connell, Jr., 66, of Pottstown, husband of Laurie S. (Trate) O’Connell, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Born in Darby, PA, he was the son of Mary (Horrigan) O’Connell and the late Dr. Robert L. O’Connell.

Laurie and Rob were in the same kindergarten class (unbeknownst to them until years later), were high school sweethearts, and got married in 1982. They were married 41 years.

Rob graduated from The Hill School in 1975 and from Providence College in 1981. He worked for Bechtel Corporation, then PECO, and, prior to his retirement in 2019, he was Sr. Supply OPS Specialist at Exelon Corporation, Nuclear Division.

Rob was passionate about his entire family and all his friends, and was a devout parishioner at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and felt privileged to be a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound.

Surviving along with his wife are his sons Michael O’Connell, husband of Ashley, and Andrew O’Connell, husband of Emily; grandchildren Catherine, Hilary, Trace and Robert (Bobby) O’Connell; siblings Margaret Starcevic, wife of Michael; John O’Connell; Christopher O’Connell, husband of Carol; Maureen Pence, wife of Scott; Timothy O’Connell, husband of Terri; Ellen Tubbs, wife of Michael; Mary Claire Ragan, wife of Joseph; Kathleen DeMutis; and many loved nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Church, 223 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00-10:45 AM at the church gathering center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rob’s memory to St. Aloysius School, 844 N. Keim St., Pottstown, PA 19464 or Friends of Kenyan Orphans, 18640 Mack Ave., Suite 1294, Gross Pointe, MI 48236 -

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Rob, I will miss our many conversations about faith and life. You always made yourself available to all in need. May you rest in God’s arms until we meet again.


~ Shawn McLaughlin
10/11/2023 7:14:32 PM

Thoughts and prayers for your family ????. RIP Rob ! May u continue to look over all from heaven above ! Donna and Jim Kieffer and our family.

~ Kieffer Donna
10/11/2023 1:31:09 PM

Happy Trails, my Brother ... I'll see you at heaven's Exit door .... Until then, RIP.

~ Scott Breidenbach
10/10/2023 8:21:07 PM

Mike, Ashley and the entire O’Connell family, we are so sorry for your loss. We hope you can stay patient and strong through this time. Regards,
Jitu, Rittwika and Evan

~ Jitu Bora Reading, MA
10/9/2023 8:30:37 PM

We will keep your precious family in our fervent prayers. With much love, Tom and Anne Duffy

~ Anne Duffy Charlotte, NC
10/9/2023 7:45:27 PM

Whether at Wawa, Hilltop, Malvern retreat, or church, you spread love and faith Rob. I’m
Broken hearted but so very grateful for you.

~ Cal
10/9/2023 6:50:48 PM

Rob was part of our family, he was my brother’s BEST friend and by proxy he was like a little brother to me. We enjoyed the company of Rob and Laurie many times at our family functions. He was a great man, a good friend and he will be sorely missed by many, many people. RIP Rob, we will see you again!

~ Jim B
10/9/2023 4:59:56 PM

You were a wonderful husband to our daughter.

~ Mom T.
10/9/2023 2:29:42 PM

We love you, we miss you already and we will never forget you.

~ Mom T.
10/9/2023 2:28:04 PM

I will never forget your kind gestures at the end of my father’s life.

~ Anita Scherer Harleysville, PA
10/9/2023 2:06:59 PM

You'll always be on our mind and in our hearts, Rob.

~ Marcie
10/9/2023 1:51:31 PM