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WESTFIELD - Matthew "Matt" O'Connor, 83, died at his home in Westfield on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Matt was born Nov. 1, 1930 in Northampton, where he lived for much of his life. After attending college for one year, Matt enlisted in the Navy in 1949. After his discharge, he returned to college and earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He spent his career, first at his family business M.I. O'Connor Construction, then as an engineer in the greater Springfield area.
After his retirement, Matt and his wife, Alice, spent much of their time volunteering at the Cancer House of Hope and the Westfield Soup Kitchen. Matt enjoyed spending time with family and friends, telling stories, playing cards and singing Irish songs.
Matt is survived by his wife, Alice O'Connor of Westfield; and his children, Susan Roit of Easthampton, Ellen Willette of Lewiston, Maine, and Tracy McLaughlin of Groton. Matt was predeceased by his son, Peter O'Connor and spouse, Judith O'Connor. Matt is also survived by his step-children, Ray and John Lavoie of Washington, D.C., Mark Lavoie of Southwick, Bruce Lavoie of Longmeadow, and Lynn Stanley of Broad Brook, Conn. Matt will be missed by his grandchildren, Ian, Wesley, Spencer and Taylor Lavoie; Peter and Callum McLaughlin; Joseph and Evan Stanley; and Hannah and Emma Lavoie.
His funeral will be held on Thursday at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield, at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish, 25 State St., Westfield. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Northampton. Calling hours will precede the funeral on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield St., West Springfield MA 01089.
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Firtion-Adams Funeral Service
76 Broad St Westfield, MA 01085
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 18, 2013