Rod Kevin O'Connor left our mortal world far too soon on the morning of July 27, 2017 at the age of 53. He was born on December 10, 1963. Rod had expressed an intuitive wish to be remembered as the happy and carefree person he had been prior to a rough patch of illness.

An autopsy revealed that undiagnosed multiple pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) to both lungs suddenly and ultimately overcame him. Born in Galesburg, IL, Rod had graduated from Galesburg Senior High School and earned a BA degree in Advertising/Marketing from Columbia College Chicago. After college, he was the Office Manager at Screen Enterprises, Inc. (a Chicago publication for the film & advertising industry) for over 10 years.

In 2004, Rod relocated to Mt. Juliet, TN near Nashville to work for the global computer technology company known as Dell. Rod's five-year stint at Dell (including customer support, tech support & sales) was followed by several years of employment at SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Comcast Corporation.

Most recently, Rod had been exploring his creative side and was the USA Marketing Executive for international music artist Venus Ferrari. Upon hearing about his death, Venus wrote, "The world has lost a beautiful soul." Rod leaves behind family and friends that held him dear to their hearts and will always love and miss him. He is survived by immediate loving family members – his mother, Clara Adeline (Rosenski) O'Connor of Mt.

Juliet, TN, his brother and sister-in-law, Edward Robert & Elsie O'Connor of Sun City West, AZ, his sister and brother-in-law Karen Dawn & Peter Bell as well as his cherished niece, Adeline "Ady" Rose Bell of Mt. Juliet, TN. Rod is also survived by his Uncle Joseph J. Rosenski of Prophetstown, IL, his Aunt Esther R. Hylan of Borrego Springs, CA, & his Uncle David A. O'Connor of Muscle Shoals, AL as well as numerous cousins and second cousins.

Rod's beloved father, Robert Clarence O'Connor, preceded him in death. Robert was born in Kewanee, IL in 1932 and passed July 3, 1992 in Galesburg, IL. Rod loved animals and had several cats including a special rescue cat he named Faith.

The family asks that any donations in Rod's name be made to Walden's Puddle Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville, at

Date of Birth : Dec 10 1963

Place of Birth : Galesburg, Illinois

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Barbara Roche

My deepest condolences to Rod's family at this sad loss. I knew Rod well during the period when he worked for Ruth Ratny at Screen Magazine. Things were fast paced and chaotic in the office but Rod always kept calm under pressure and wore a huge smile. Ruth loved him dearly as did everyone who knew Rod. We are all deeply saddened at Reel Chicago. I know Ruth and Rod are back together.


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