NORTHAMPTON - William "Bill" J. Connor, 89, of State Street, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility.
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Born in May 8, 1924, Northampton, he was the son of the late William T. and Blanche (Spencer) Connor. Bill was educated in Northampton schools and was a 1941 graduate of Northampton High School.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He served in the 5th infantry and for a time was a body guard for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
After returning from the service, Bill was a machine operator at Plumb Auto Supply for many years. Later he was a driver for Whalen's Stationary in Northampton.
He was a longtime Communicant of the former St. Mary's Church, now St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and was a life member of the Northampton Elks Lodge #997. He could always be found helping out cooking dinners with his friend Paul Diemand at the Elks and later for events at the Parish Hall.
He is survived by his two brothers, Richard Connor of Florence, and Thomas Connor of Marion, his two sisters, Mary Connor of Northampton, and Ann Sunshine of Miami Shores, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Francis "Buck" Connor, Robert Connor and James Connor.
Bill's funeral will be Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Church, 99 King St., Northampton. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Northampton Elks Lodge #997, 16 Spring St., Florence, MA 01062.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 12, 2014