William Francis O’Connor
William “Bill” Francis O’Connor, 86, died Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Avon Health Center in Avon, CT.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Geraldine (Scanlan) of Canton, CT; son Neil and his wife Cathy of Raleigh, NC; daughter Caron O’Connor of Unionville, CT; son Brian of Unionville, CT; son Terence and his two children Nicholas and John of Houston, TX; brothers Thomas and his wife Arlene of Yonkers NY, Dennis and his wife Agnes of Crescent City, CA, and Robert O’Connor of Oklahoma City, OK.
Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, the son of Mortimer and Irene (Kurcz) O’Connor, he was one of six boys. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent three years as a Drill Sergeant and Meteorologist during the Korean War. Upon returning to Yonkers he worked a variety of jobs but when he met his future wife Geraldine everything changed. They married and children soon followed, all the while he attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY at night earning a Business Administration degree in 1960.
He began his professional career as a Contracts Administrator for national defense contracts in Colorado, then he moved his family to Granby, CT where he began work for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT developing life support systems for NASA. Soon thereafter he moved to Simsbury, CT and began working for Colt Industries managing weapons contracts for the US and foreign governments. Another industry change brought him to New York City where he worked at Chemical Construction Corporation building the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Arzew, Algeria.
His wanderlust for travel and experiencing other cultures was cultivated over many years traveling to France and Algeria. In 1977 he joined Mobil Oil in Princeton, NJ as a Contracts expert. Later that year he accepted an assignment in Norway constructing offshore oil platforms. Three years later he returned to the USA and continued his career at Mobil in various capacities and locations until his retirement in 1993.
In retirement he and his wife lived in Manchester Center, VT and Wrightsville Beach, NC before settling in Farmington and Canton, CT.
He took pride in his professional career while remaining an honorable and trusted husband and father. He enjoyed kayaking and hiking. His cutting wit, love of banter with strangers, and passion for reading were present till his death.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 25 at St. Patrick Church in Collinsville CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Patrick Church, 50 Church Street, Collinsville, CT 06019. The family of William wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses, aides and staff of the Avon Health Center where he spent his last months. Please visit Bill’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 23, 2017
O’Connor, William “Bill” Francis [MC1960 RIP]
Guestbook: Same link
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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Message from Terry O’Connor
John, thanks for your note regarding my dad. He was one of those quiet gems from the old school. He would appreciate being remembered as you did. I think I recognize your name as the author of an unofficial alumni notes page of a decade or so ago. You worked downtown NYC. I graduated MC 1984 and live in Houston working for ExxonMobil. Side note…..my sister graduated from what was then Keene State College. Enjoy the beautiful New England days and nights. Regards…….Terry O’Connor
[JR: Appreciate the kind words. And, yes, I’ve been unofficially at this modest effort for a long time. Ever since my Compu$erve days. Hopefully, some one will pick it up when I can’t do it any more. Sorry about your Dad and we’re all praying for your family.]
O’Connor, Terry [MC1984]
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Message from Teri Donovan,
I don’t know who made the error but your condolence is showing up in the guestbook for William O’Connor. Bill died 27 March and your post is dated 23 March. That, and the fact that Bill did not attend Manhattan College leads me to believe you were directed to the incorrect book.
[JR: Looks like the LEGACY DOT COM site posted it in two places. Argh!]
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