Chauncey O'Connell

Obituary of Chauncey Hiram O'Connell

Chauncey Hiram "Nubby" O'Connell, 79, of Plattsburgh, and more recently of Sebastian Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, 9/27/19, at his daughter's home in Peru, NY under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the North Country.

He was born in Plattsburgh, NY, on January 6, 1940, the son of Dorothy King and Hiram O'Connell. Nubby married Mary Anne Beauvais in 1963 and spent many of his later years with his partner, Loyce Chiasson.

Nubby graduated from the Thomaston High School, Connecticut in 1958 and SUNY Canton in 1960. In high school, he was an outstanding athlete who was named All State in baseball for three years, and won a state track and field championship in the year there were not enough youth to have a baseball team. During his high school years, Nubby spent much time in Plattsburgh, NY with his grandmother and aunts where he made life-long friends on and off the sports' fields.

After college graduation, Nubby served 10 years in the Army Reserves, starting his service career as a sharp shooter. He was promoted several times due to his dedication and leadership skills prior to his honorable discharge in 1973 as a First Lieutenant and commanding officer of his platoon.

During this time, Nubby was also employed by NYS Corrections where he continued to work for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1991. Throughout his life, Nubby also served his community in many other roles including working as a Plattsburgh City Fire Fighter, US Postal Service employee, and many years as an athletic coach and teacher. Nubby is well-known for his long career and expertise as a baseball umpire and basketball and soccer referee. He enjoyed mentoring novice officials and analyzing the details of the rules and regulations of high school sports.

When not on the athletic field or court, Nubby was most comfortable on the golf course or in the woods. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved the Adirondack Mountains. Fall was his favorite time of year and he looked forward each year to being in his hunting camp and spending time with friends in the pursuit of the "big rack." Nubby spent much time traversing the hills and valleys of the back woods and meandering through the brooks and rivers in his hand-made canoe.

His family will cherish his memory and look forward to seeing him on the other side. Nubby is survived by his sister, Sandra Roesing, of Torrington, CT; and his brother, Richard O'Connell and wife Karen of Thomaston, Connecticut. His children will hold his memory close to their hearts: his daughter, Lynn O'Connell and husband, Michael Wales, of Alfred NY; Laurie Eamer and husband, Chris, of Peru, NY; Su-Ellen Pepper and husband, Edward, of Plattsburgh; and son, Ryon O'Connell and wife, Nicole, of Peru, NY. Nubby is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Leigh Adams (Brian) of Corning, NY; Spenser Miller (Courtenay) of Peru, NY; Gweneth, Theresa, and Rachel Eamer of Peru, NY; Mickey Pepper of Plattsburgh, NY; and Ryley, Zachary, Brady, and Easton O'Connell of Peru, NY; six great grandchildren; as well as his nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 5 to 7 PM at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Augustine's Church in Peru with the Rev. Alan D. Shnob, celebrating. Interment will be with his parents in Thomaston, Connecticut and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chauncey Hiram O'Connell may be made to Donate Life America at

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.


Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Hamilton Funeral Home Inc.
294 Mannix Road
Peru, New York, United States


11:00 am
Thursday, October 3, 2019
St. Augustine Church
3035 Main Street
Peru, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Thomas Cemetery
55 Altair Avenue
Thomaston, Connecticut, United States
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