Honoring SSG Sean O’Connell
Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief
On the cool, Tuesday morning of October 25, SSG Sean O’Connell was laid to rest after passing away from natural causes on the 15th.
O’Connell graduated from Rockland High in 1998 and went on to serve his country. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, he was a recipient of the Combat Action Badge. He is survived by his parents John and Susan O’Connell, brothers Michael and Kevin O’Connell and grandson of Patricia Comeau. Though the family was grieving, they were not alone.
Stretching from the town hall and making their way all the way up to the Holy Family Church, students and teachers from Rockland Middle School and Rockland High School lined the funeral procession route to show their respect for the late veteran and Rockland native.
“He had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest.” His obituary reads in The Patriot Ledger. “Sean’s laugh was as big as his heart. He will be dearly missed.”
With hands over their hearts and American flags held into the air, Rockland joined together to honor SSG O’Connell one final time. It truly exemplified the Rockland motto of “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”
Students from Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School stood along the funeral procession route on Tuesday morning, Oct. 25 to honor the service and passing of SSG Sean O’Connell, a 1998 RHS graduate. Veritas photos by Jayanna Parham.