By Claudia Lugo –
Brian O’Connell who is known for his dedication and service to the Worcester Public Schools and community has died.
O’Connell who was 70, was first elected to the Worcester School Committee in 1983, served on the committee for 36 years and was running for reelection.
In A statement released on his Facebook, Mayor Joe Petty said, “Brian possessed a truly brilliant mind and dedicated his life and energies to education. For those of us who were honored to serve with him, Brian was always prepared and polite, always thorough and thoughtful.”
After missing a school committee meeting on Thursday night, many of the committee members were concerned so Superintendent Maureen Binienda and Worcester Police went to O’Connell’s home to do a welfare check. O’Connell was found alive but suffering from a medical issue and was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
News of O’Connell’s passing was first reported on Friday morning in a statement from Mayor Petty.
Other members of the Worcester School Committee have also released statements on social media including Dianna Biancheria who said, “My dear friend may you Rest In Peace and know you served our world well , Thankful and honored to be part of your life- God Bless.”
City Councilor At Large Kate Toomey who served with O’Connell on the School Committee before becoming a city councilor said on her Facebook, “Worcester has lost a great man who had dedicated his life to ensuring the children of Worcester had the best educational opportunities possible. Brian O’Connell was a legendary intellect who had an incredible depth of knowledge and ability to recall even the most minute details from long ago. The longest serving elected official in Worcester, Brian had been a successful attorney, and education administrator for several towns. He was an honorable man whose passion for his City, Worcester Academy, College of the Holy Cross, Harvard University, his family and friends, and his Catholic faith was immense. But most of all, he was a loyal and caring friend to so many.”