A summer college basketball tournament in memory of John O’Connell and his close friend, Dennis Thomson, is held annually in Quincy. The O’Connell sisters have played for the Newbury entry in that tournament.
A website, www.okie33.com, describes other fund-raising efforts in John’s honor — including an annual golf tournament — that promote antiviolence awareness and provide scholarships for North Quincy High students.
The O’Connells pay loving tribute to him on the site.
“From sharing a cup of coffee with a lonely stranger to quietly helping elderly neighbors without recognition to befriending and supporting those less fortunate than he,” they wrote, “John ‘Okie’ O’Connell was the kind of young man anyone would be proud to call a son, brother and friend.”
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