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BERNARD T. CONNOR

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BERNARD T. CONNOR - FAIRFIELD - Bernard T. Connor, 90, a lifelong resident of this community, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in the Northwestern Medical Center with his loving family at his side. He was born in Fairfield, July 5, 1921, the son of Francis "Frank" and Ruby (Sorrell) Connor. On June 22, 1950, he married Mary Howrigan in St. Patrick's Church in Fairfield. Bernard and Mary went on to raise their five children in Fairfield. Bernard's family was the focal point of his life. Bernard attended Fairfield schools until the time he was needed on the family farm. Bernard had a lifelong passion for learning. He was an avid reader and a selftaught man. A favorite outing was a trip to Barnes and Noble where he enjoyed adding to his personal library, which featured an extensive collection of books on the Civil War. Bernard was also a selftaught carpenter/master craftsman. He had a passion for woodworking. The fruits of his labor are spread throughout the area. Bernard leaves behind many buildings, kitchens and pieces of furniture that his family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Bernard had many hobbies that brought him much enjoyment throughout his life. He took great joy from beekeeping and believed deeply in the power of bee venom therapy. Following his grandchildren's sporting events was something that fulfilled him immensely. In particular, he took much pleasure from watching BFA softball. Planting a garden and watching it grow, blessed by God's bounty, provided Bernard with countless hours of satisfaction. Sugaring season was a favorite time of year for Bernard. He enjoyed all aspects of maple sugaring and took great enjoyment from boiling at the Connor family farm, "up on the hill" at William E. Howrigan's and at the Henry Magnan sugar bushes. Bernard is survived by his five children, son, Daniel F. Connor of Fairfield; daughters, Sheila C. Heald of St. Albans, Loretta C. Pigeon and husband, Richard, of St. Albans, Margaret C. Brosseau and husband, Andre, of St. Albans, and Maureen C. Morgan and husband, Robert, of Plymouth, Mass.; grandchildren, Cole and Colin Connor, Elizabeth and Emily Pigeon, Matthew Brosseau, and Robert Connor Morgan; sister, Margaret Lareau; brother, Donald Connor; brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas G. Howrigan; sisters-in-law, Virginia Howrigan, Anne Howrigan, Loretta and Henry Magnan, Kathleen Connor, and Teresa and John Manahan. He also leaves many special nieces and nephews; and his very special friends and neighbors, Buster and Martita Giard, and their niece, Shannon. Bernard was predeceased by his wife, Mary Howrigan Connor in May of 2009; his parents; brother, Edward in 1937; daughter, Mary Connor in 1952; granddaughter, Amanda Lee Brosseau in 1984; grandson, Liam Robert Morgan in 1999; son-in-law, Winslow R. Heald in September of 2011; brothers-in-law, Eugene Lareau, DVM, Sgt. Raymond Howrigan, Francis Howrigan, Fred Connor, Emmett O'Connell, Harold Howrigan, and Robert Howrigan; sisters-in-law, Reda Connor, Neva Howrigan, and Rose O'Connell. Visitation will be in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans, on Friday, May 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fairfield. Interment will be in the Connor family lot in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Assisting Bernard's family is the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family through www.healdfuneralhome.com. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Northwestern Medical Center's Palliative Care program, c/o Social Services, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478, or Franklin County Rehab Center, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT 05478.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 10, 2012
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