"Ar dhéis Dé ar a anam," reader Lisa O'Flaherty wrote about late Tinley Park Police Chief Mike O'Connell. May his soul be on God's right side.
Throughout the day yesterday, our readers shared their memories of O'Connell, Tinley Park's police chief since 1995. .
"He was a great neighbor and a true Irish gentleman," O'Flaherty wrote on behalf of the whole O'Flaherty family.
On our Facebook page, Maureen Reilly Rolniak wrote about first meeting O'Connell when she was growing up in Riverdale. O'Connell started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer there, working his way up to police chief.
"What a great man. Mike, you will be missed," Rolniak wrote.
Reader "Carol De" wrote about what she'll miss about O'Connell.
"Not only was the chief a great leader, he was a great person who cared about everything he touched," she wrote. "He was a real person and very loved by those that knew him. I will miss his bear hug and great smile. May he be at peace now, knowing his job was so well done."
Other readers shared other memories, as well as sending their condolences and prayers to O'Connell's family, the village and the Tinley Park Police Department.
Perhaps the simplest and truest words came from Kelly Carey Gee on our Facebook page.
"You will be missed by many."
Updated at 5:14 p.m. with link to obituary.