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“Daddy, I miss you Every minute of everyday ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Siobhan Foley-Daniels

“Rip balbo ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: mitchel McAuliffe

“Miss u dearly. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“sorry to hear of Jims passing. May he rest in peace. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Brennan

“Best father!Miss you very much.... ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Cathy,Deepest sympathies for your loss. May your memories of happy times comfort you. Sincerely,Phil and Donna Massaro ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to learn about Jim and glad to read you were all there with him. My thoughts and sincere prayers are with you and all your family. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Dorothy Ashmore and David Dinan

“I will always remember you balbo donie rest in peace love you and miss you god dauther mary oconnell Barry ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Donie Iynch

“Condolences to All the O Connell Familie R.I.P to A Great Irish Man ... ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Gerry,Noreen and boys Forde - CT

“Kathleen, Dan, Christine, Maura, Siobhan, Brendan, Mary Ann and family,So sorry about Jim. What a beautiful write-up. I loved how he played the...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT

“A beautiful write up, thinking of you all at this sad time ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Geraldine kissane

“I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. I will always remember his beautiful singing voice and his friendly ways.Pat ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Pat Corcoran - Elon, NC

“There is a great hurling match going on in Heaven and Balboa has wings on his feet. Lovely athlete, lovely singer, lovely man. love from the Keating...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“To the O'Connell family, our deepest condolences to all. May he rest in peace for all eternity. ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Colleen and Eric Wood

“Sorry to hear of his death may he rest in peace . ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Michael Allen.& Tom Bawn Mc

“Kathleen & family, so sorry to hear about Jim.My thoughts and prayers are with you.eileen Hudak ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss. My deepest condolence. I will remember him for his singing and kindness. May he Rest In Peace. He will forever be missed. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Joseph Morales

“So sorry for your loss!! He was a great man and Uncle!! R I P Uncle Balboa!! Love you. Love from Teresa O'Connell-Klingner and family xoxo ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Teresa O'Connell-Klingner

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray his memory and love will last in your heart forever. So wonderful he got to see his great granddaughter. ??...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Sanfratello

“Sending condolences from across the Irish sea to America. May his soul rest in peace. From the Lynch family, Maurice, Noelle and Catherine, Lixnaw,...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Noelle Lynch

“I will always remember you.Thank you for all the Google times. Brendan (RIP) ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Brendan

“Rest In Peace. My Sweet Uncle Balbo, Love You Always. You're Niece Kate Cashman IRELAND. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Kate Cashman


James Brendan O'Connell, also known as " The Balbo " entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 with his loving family by his side. James was born on July 14, 1931 to Daniel and Bridget Dillon O'Connell of Lixnaw, County Kerry, Ireland. James immigrated to America with his niece Mary Ann O'Connell Doonan in 1956 where he lived with his sister Margaret Corcoran and husband James Corcoran. James joined several sports teams and Irish clubs where he met his future wife Catherine Keating. They were wed on August 19, 1961 and were married for over 55 years. James worked for 30 years for the Connecticut Light and Power Company and from there he worked as Head Custodian at the Ludlowe Recreation Center for 10 years in Fairfield. God blessed Jim with a magnificent singing voice and he could be heard singing at numerous functions. His favorite place was singing at his backyard picnics where many had a great time and the crowds favorite song was " Lovely Leitrim ". He passed on a grand and passionate tradition of Irish culture to his family and friends. Outside of his family's love, James had a strong passion for Irish Sports and the New York Yankees. He was an accomplished and outstanding Irish Hurler, winning many awards, medals and trophies in his native Ireland and America. He had the honor of playing on the All-Ireland Championship team traveling from New York to Croque Park in Dublin, Ireland. James Balbo was also the Captain of the Connecticut State Hurlers Team, winning many games. He was a member of the County Offaly Hurling team and the County Kerry Hurlers of New York., the County Lixnaw Hurlers of County Kerry, Ireland and the New Haven Connecticut Hurling and Gaelic Football teams. Balbo was honored many times for his outstanding hurling skills. The largest event took place at Gaelic Park in New York where 250 guests attended from New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. James Balbo is survived by his most loving wife Kathleen, his son Daniel O'Connell and his wife Rebecca, his daughters Maura O'Connell and her friend Christopher Attardo, Christine McDade and her husband Gerald and Siobhan Foley Daniels and her husband Russell. He leaves behind his grandchildren Gearalt McDade, Aislinn McDade, Aidan Foley, Ryan O'Connell and Deghlan McDade and a great-granddaughter Aubery O'Connell, sisters Margaret Corcoran of Southport, Hannah McInerney of County Meath, Ireland. James had a very close and special relationship with his nephew Brendan O'Connell and his niece Mary Ann Doonan as well as numerous nieces and nephews in America, Ireland and England. He was predeceased by his much loved granddaughter Sara Anne Foley, sisters Mary Barnett, Joan O'Connell, Kitty Lynch and Noreen O'Connell, brothers Thomas, William, Bartholomew, Jackie and Danny O'Connell and his wonderful niece Elizabeth Barrett Deenhan. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 28 at 10 am DIRECTLY at Holy Family Church, Old Stratfield Rd., Fairfield with burial to follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3-6 pm in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center.The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of 6 North, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Dr. Pun and his staff and a special thanks to Kathy, RN, Dr. P. Masone and his staff and a special thanks to Tiffany, RN and Colleen RN, Dr. William Fitzgerald and his wife Mary Fitzgerald and their staff and a very special Thank You to all the staff at Vitas Hospice for their unconditional care and family support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Patrick's Hurling & Football Club, C/O the Gaelic American Club in mamory of James Balbo O'Connell. To sign an online register or to get travel directions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com