This is very terrible to hear. I recently saw O'Connell two or three weeks ago right before I was about to start my shift. He seemed perfectly normal and didn't look like he was ill.It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Frank O'Connell, General Manager of the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex. Those of us who knew Frank professionally recognized that he possessed the wonderful qualities of wisdom, strength, intelligence and compassion. Those traits were matched by Frank's deep commitment to family, friends and community.
A longtime member of the Hershey En...tertainment & Resorts family, Frank first joined our company in 1978. He worked in a number of positions throughout his tenure, including his long-held leadership position as GM of the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex. He was most recently promoted to GM of Attractions and Entertainment in 2010.
An inspirational leader to those he worked with, Frank will certainly be remembered for his love of and dedication to the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex. He often said how blessed he felt to work with such outstanding individuals, day in and day out.
A loss like this is felt on so many different levels; Frank was a husband, father, family member, friend and coworker. The qualities that he brought to us as both a person and a professional will be sorely missed by everyone in the Hershey family.
Please keep Frank's family in your thoughts and prayers.
He has helped Hersheypark over the last 10 years grow into what it is today. We have seen Roller Soaker, The Claw, Frontier Flyers, Founder's Circle, a new Music Box Theatre, Storm Runner, Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge, Fahrenheit, but most importantly The Boardwalk, the Seaquel, and Skyrush. He has played a very big role in turning Hershey from just a one-day destination to a multi-day family vacation destination with a lot to offer.