When the spirit of Timothy O'Connell went out at 1:30 o'clock, January 22, at the Evanston Hospital, there passed away a sterling soul and a most charming personality. A man of great moral strength and of integrity of character, he was one of the most respected citizens of the community in which he had lived for the past thirty-four years. He will be long remembered for his excellent record here as a justice of the peace, a position he filled in the town for sixteen years. To this office he brought a keen sense of justice, absolute impartiality, and a love of fair play. He was a type of the old-fashioned magistrate, who respected himself and his office too much to step as much as a hair's breadth from the strict line of duty, and this was a characteristic which won for him the high esteem in which he was held.
Judge O'Connell was born in Quebec, Canada, March 8, 1832. His young manhood and middle life were spent in the square timber shipping business. He was married to Matilda Long of Quebec in 1866. Seven children resulted from this union. Mrs. O'Connell died in this city January 3, 1887. Two of the children, Joseph T. and Harry P., died here.
During the years that Judge O'Connell lived in Quebec, he was very active in Catholic and Irish national affairs. He came to Evanston with his family in 1879. He was first elected justice of the peace in 1892, and was repeatedly re-elected until 1908, when he retired from a position the citizens would have been glad to have seen him keep for life. He is survived by five children, William J., Margaret F., and Mrs. Annie Devine of Evanston; Edward J. of Chicago and Nicholas J., of Temple, Tex.
The funeral was held from his late residence, 1017 Ayars place, to St. Mary's Church, Friday morning at 10 o'clock.