On October 23, 2014 at the young age of 27 Byron Patrick Leo O’Connell peacefully passed away.
He was born, in New Westminster, BC on October 27, 1986, to parents Bev Warrilow and Pat O’Connell. Byron graduated in 2004 from Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, BC. He then went on to the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC to achieve his first year apprenticeship as an Automotive Technician. Through Geddes Ford in Cranbrook, he was sent to SAIT in Calgary, AB to continue his education. He and Toni Keller had a beautiful son, Cohen, together in 2012 who Byron loved with all his heart.
Byron worked as an Automotive Technician from the time he graduated from the College of the Rockies until
3 years ago when he decided he enjoyed mechanics as more of a hobby. He then started on a new path as part of a Surveying team. He enjoyed this line of work as he got to be outside quadding, snowmobiling and catching the odd helicopter ride. He had goals to climb the ladder in this field. Byron loved camping, fishing and driving back roads to see where they might lead. He also loved spending time visiting with family and friends.
Byron will be sadly missed by son, Cohen; Cohen’s mom, Toni Keller and her family; parents, Bev Warrilow (Lance), Pat and Lola O’Connell; sister, Ashley Schadeck; brother-in-law, Jesse Schadeck; and his beautiful nieces, Josie and Avery whom he shared a special bond. He has MANY friends as well as Aunts, Uncles and cousins that will also greatly miss him.
There will be a service at Westlawn Cemetery in Cranbrook, BC on Tuesday, July 7th at 1:30 pm.