Richard A. O'Connell, 89, of Buzzards Bay and a former resident of Mashpee, died March 1.

The son of Francis and Beatrice (Parent) O'Connell, he was raised in Northampton and graduated from St. Michael's High School.

He was the husband of Nancy J. (Keating) O'Connell for 66 years until her death in December 2019. They had met in elementary school.

Mr. O'Connell was a veteran of the US Army. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Mr. O'Connell had a career in auditing. He worked as an in-house auditor at companies that included Raytheon, United Shoe Machinery, Emhart and Black & Decker. He served as director of internal audit at several companies.

He and his wife lived briefly in New Jersey before moving to Natick and then later to Avon, Connecticut. They retired to Cape Cod in 1994, living in Harwich before settling at Southport of Cape Cod in Mashpee. Not long before his wife's death, they had moved to Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay.

He leaves his children, Daniel O’Connell of Woodstock, Vermont, Mary Leszuk of Fort Myers, Florida, Margaret May of Franklin, Tennessee, Eileen O’Connell of Mashpee, Joanne O’Connell of North Providence, Rhode Island, Maureen Madden of North Attleboro, and Peter O’Connell of Greensboro, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.

He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 10, at 11 AM at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 141 Main Street in Buzzards Bay.

Burial will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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