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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:15:15PM

Farewell to Englewood activist O’Connell

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY CYNTHIA BLAUCH

A happier time shown here of Larry O'Connell, one of the original "Englewood East road warriors," and his daughter, Cynthia Blauch. O'Connell, 82, died Oct. 11. He had been a community activist in Englewood East in the 1990s.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CYNTHIA BLAUCH

A happier time shown here of Larry O'Connell, one of the original "Englewood East road warriors," and his daughter, Cynthia Blauch. O'Connell, 82, died Oct. 11. He had been a community activist in Englewood East in the 1990s.

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As an Englewood East resident, whenever I drive on Winchester Boulevard North, I have to thank the Englewood East “road warriors” — Rocky DiGiorgio, Jack Donkel, Bruce Pomeroy and Larry O’Connell.

Battling for Winchester in the 1990s, the road warriors’ persistence — as well as the cooperative efforts between former Charlotte County commissioner Mac Horton and former Sarasota County commissioner Shannon Staub — saw the completion of Winchester Boulevard North from State Road 776 to South River Road in 2002.

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