Connor Campbell Brandon, 19, student, athlete, received Presidential Awards

Connor Campbell Brandon, 19, of Acton, Massachusetts died by accident Friday, July 27, 2012 in Boston. He was the beloved son of William C. Brandon and Lisa O’Neill-Brandon of Acton, MA and was born in Cambridge on June 12, 1993.

A great friend of many in the Acton and Boxborough communities, he attended Acton schools and was a 2011 graduate of the Acton-Boxborough High School where he lettered in Varsity Lacrosse. He was an active participant in many sports including soccer, lacrosse, basketball, football, wrestling and skiing.

Connor received Presidential Awards for community service from both Presidents Bush and Obama and was a member of youth groups at Acton Congregational Church. He was more recently a student at University of California at San Diego.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his younger brothers, Ryan and Devon Brandon, both of Acton; his grandparents, Ann Brandon Lichtenfels and her husband Ted of North Kingstown, RI; Catherine Sementini and her husband Raymond of Ridgefield, CT; and F. James and Elizabeth O’Neill of Lebanon, NJ. Connor was the Godson and nephew of Brian and Christine O’Neill and nephew of Kevin O’Neill. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the grandson of the late William T. Brandon. Connor’s mother and O’Neill uncles grew up in Wilton, CT where they attended the Wilton Public Schools.

A beautiful and moving memorial service was held Tuesday, July 31st at the Acton Congregational Church. This celebration of Connor’s giving and joyful life was officiated by The Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong and The Rev. Holgie Choi. Connor’s Uncle Brian gave a tender and loving eulogy.

To honor Connor’s spirit of community service, and to keep his eternal light shining brightly, the family would appreciate donations to the Connor C. Brandon Memorial Fund to assist and strengthen youth with substance abuse prevention and education. Donations may be mailed to 12 Hemlock Lane, Acton, MA 01720. This Memorial Fund is a registered 501 ( c ) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible.