Dennis "Doc" Julian O'Connell (24 Sep 1948 - 21 Feb 2020)

Funeral Service

Location
St John's Catholic Church - Heidelberg 52 Yarra Street HEIDELBERG VIC 3084
Date
27th Feb 2020
Time
11.30am
Funeral Director
Tribute Funeral Services

Funeral Reception

Location
Montsalvat - The Boulevard7 Hillcrest AvenueEltham3095
Date
27th Feb 2020
Time
1.30pm

In loving memory of Dennis Julian O'Connell who sadly passed away on 21st February 2020. Forever in our Hearts.

Loved and loving partner of Toni. Beloved father of Allison and Anika, father-in-law to Barney and Nick, grandfather to Ollie, Georgia, Myles and Lachie. Beloved brother of Bernadette and Kerry, and cherished uncle to Julie, Fiona, Danny and Jo.

Dennis ‘Doc’ O’Connell will be deeply and sadly missed by his family, friends, and so many people whom he connected with through his tireless conservation work.

Doc was a beacon of positivity, a great conversationalist, talented writer and artist blessed with abundant creativity and intellect. He lived and breathed his values and inspired many others to do so too. He was kind to his core but courageous, always willing to speak up for what he believed in. He loved to share a laugh, and laughed wholeheartedly. He will be missed for his humour, his wisdom, his community service, his vast knowledge and his uniqueness… he was one of a kind, a great man, and he has left behind a remarkable legacy that so many of us will cherish for the rest of our lives.


Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Dennis "Doc" Julian O'Connell, will be offered at St John's Catholic Church, 52 Yarra Street, Heidelberg, on THURSDAY (February 27, 2020) commencing at 11:30am.
Private Cremation.
No flowers by request.

Julie O’Connell posted a picture
With his big brother Kerry and myself, at my book launch in May 2019. It was very special to have him there as his health had begun declining & I was worried he wouldn’t make it. Meant a lot to me that he & Toni came.

With his big brother Kerry and myself, at my book launch in May 2019. It was very special to have him there as his health had begun declining & I was worried he wouldn’t make it. Meant a lot to me that he & Toni came.

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This teddy bear was given to me by DOC in return of his service at Vietnam. It was the early 70s. As the first born cousin & niece I loved it - he was my hero & I’ve kept my bear ever since!

This teddy bear was given to me by DOC in return of his service at Vietnam. It was the early 70s. As the first born cousin & niece I loved it - he was my hero & I’ve kept my bear ever since!

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A most fitting service @ Uncle DO’C’s local church

A most fitting service @ Uncle DO’C’s local church

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A lovely gathering of family & friends. Thank you to all who made it so special.

A lovely gathering of family & friends. Thank you to all who made it so special.

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With deep gratitude for everything I have learned from you and embraced into my own life - thank you Dennis! Keith

With deep gratitude for everything I have learned from you and embraced into my own life - thank you Dennis! Keith

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Never idle on things he felt passionately about 💚

Never idle on things he felt passionately about 💚

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Kate McWilliam wrote

In this current world of violence and anger, Dennis was a compassionate gentleman who championed the preservation of our natural heritage. His gentleness and determination are a rare gift. You will be greatly missed Dennis. You had so much more to do

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  • Thank you for this thoughtful and beautiful tribute Kate. So true. Xx

    Posted by Allison on 26/02/2020 Report abuse
  • Thank you Kate. They are kind words and it means a lot to Allison and I that people saw and appreciated dad's dedication to the conservation of this beautiful earth we all share Xx

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Baz Webster wrote

Dennis' conservation/social justice themed letters the "The Age" newspaper were, for me, a compelling reason to buy the publication. I loved them. Compassionate, humane, well-argued and leavened with wit their good sense was exceeded only by the central urgency of their message. Vale, Dennis, you are sadly missed.

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  • “Dennis from Ivanhoe” was probably the most prolific writer to the editor, as you well know Baz! Dad used every means he could fit into his life to speak up for the voiceless including the environment, the animals that depend upon it, and to shine a spotlight on the worst excesses of over-development. I’m sure many avid Age readers will miss his letters as will we. X

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