William James O'Connell, 60, of Coral Gables, Fla., and Sun Valley, Idaho, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Feb. 11. He was beloved husband of Bixie; father of Stephen, Justin and Kristin; brother of Helen Moore O'Connell and May O'Connell; stepfather of Brooks (Kelley), Austin (Kassia), Jordan (Lacy) Matheson; and step grandfather to Fin and Barrett Matheson.
Bill was born in Jersey City, N.J., graduated from St. Peter's College, and began what was to become a 35-year career in the Beverage Alcohol Industry. New York City, Napa Valley and Hartford, Conn., were Bill's path to Miami, where in 1986 he came to work for Bacardi USA. After 15 years with Bacardi, he moved to Cruzan Ltd. Inc. where he spent the past five years.
No one who met Bill would ever go away without appreciating his style, wonderful New York sense of humor and his generous sense of spirit. He will be remembered by all of us and missed forever.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 So. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133.