Andover — James E. McConnell, 67, of Andover and formerly Reading, died unexpectedly on April 12.
Born in Medford on Sept. 4, 1946, he was the beloved son of the late James and Adeline (Amoroso) McConnell of Reading.
For over 35 years until his retirement, he was employed at WR Grace & Co. in Cambridge and Lexington. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Jim enjoyed Celtics season tickets for many years, and was an avid fan of Boston sports teams.
He is survived by his seven siblings, Thomas and wife Teri of Bellbrook Ohio, Mary O’Malley and husband James of Boxford, Kathy Phaneuf and husband, Jerry of Andover, Deborah Perry and husband, Richard of Andover, David and wife Jane (Barrett) of Wakefield, Kenneth and wife, Tricia of Pepperell, Chris of Stoneham, and sister-in-law, Jill McConnell of Andover. A proud uncle of 12 nieces and nephews, and a great-uncle of five, Jim is also survived by aunts, uncles, and many cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral was held on Tuesday from the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jim’s name to AccesSport America www.accessportamerica.org.
Published on  May 1, 2014