James A. O’Connell, a lifelong resident of Toledo’s Point Place Community, passed away Wednesday October 24, 2018. He was born on January 5, 1940, in Toledo, to George and Kathryn (Tolles) O’Connell. James graduated from Waite High School where he met and married Diane Nero. He was employed in the steel fabricating business as a sales engineer working at Katy Steel then on to Tech Dynamics where he later retired. He enjoyed working with his coworkers and professional contacts on every project. He was an avid boater growing up around Lake Erie. James was a lifetime member of Riverview Yacht Club and earlier on was involved in the Toledo Power Squadron. He visited many ports on the lake and loved the friendships of his fellow boaters. James had a passion for hockey. It began as he played in high school and continued into coaching his son’s teams. He helped develop the TOYHA Hockey League for young athletes in Toledo. Everyone knew when the Red Wings played, everything else stopped. James is survived by his wife, Diane O’Connell; daughters, Kimberly Madison and Lisa (Daniel) Giesler; son Brian O’Connell; grandchildren, Jacob and Lucas Madison, Kyle and David Giesler, Paige (Sean) Cohen, Amber O’- Connell, and great-granddaughter Aurora; brother, Robert E. O’Connell; canine companions, Snickers and Sophie, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George (Cecil) O’Connell. We would like to thank Erica and Vonetta from Promedica Hospice, The Guardian Angels, Cal, and the countless caregivers, friends and family members that made his life more comfortable. Family and friends were received on Thursday November 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., at David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home, 5300 North Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio, where members of Riverview Yacht Club led a service at 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life began at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, at Riverview Yacht Club. Memorial donations may be given to the Toledo Humane Society. Please share condolences at www.hoeningfuneral home.com.