It would be difficult to measure whether Thomas O’Connell spent more time as a young competitive swimmer or as a twenty year Navy veteran. His All County and State honors as the premier swimmer at Hoboken High School could be exceeded by his love for the Navy with deployments to the Middle and Far East over two decades. He also earned a BS from the University of Kansas and later settled in Florida with his wife Carolyn.
Needless to say he forged a path towards golf, competitive swimming, and his love of service and country. Thomas was also inducted into the first class of the Hoboken High School Hall Sports Hall of Fame. His fighting disposition at all levels should make all senior Red Wings value Tom and his family.
Rest in Peace Patron of the Sea