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William O'Connor Obituary
O’CONNOR, WILLIAM J. “BILL” William J. “Bill” O’Connor passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on February 25 after a brief illness. As the essence and spirit of the “greatest generation,” Bill was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on March 27, 1921, raised in humble surroundings during the Great Depression, and enlisted and served in the United States Coast Guard during World War Two. Bill worked for the same business, Holo-Krome Company, for 46 years, rising from mail clerk to a senior management position as Vice President of Purchasing before his retirement in 1986. During this time Bill served as the President of the Connecticut State Purchasing Association and Vice President of the National Association. He and Betty lived and raised their family in West Hartford, CT, where he was immersed in community and civic affairs. By his side through it all was his life-long love, Elizabeth (“Betty”), to whom he was married for nearly 72 years. Together they raised four children: Bill Jr. (Dianne) of Frisco, TX, Linda Andreae (Rob) of St. Helena, Mark O’Connor (Denise) of Chester Springs, PA, and Lisa-beth O’Connor (Chuck Vondra) of St. Helena; nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, each whom he caringly comforted with lullabies. His enthusiasm for life and family was ever-present, whether it was hosting lobster feeds with Betty at their home by the sea in Narragansett, Rhode Island, where they retired, or singing songs and reciting quotations of his revered Irish heritage in his adopted home in St. Helena. Everywhere Bill went he had a song to sing or a story to share. He loved nothing more than to meet new people and to call them a friend, and he was a beloved adopted “Grampy” to all children whom he met. In their 11 years in St. Helena, Bill met many new acquaintances walking his best friend, Oliver, their little dog. He had a smile and a story for everyone they would meet. Bill was a member of the American Legion post 199 of St. Helena, where they attended ceremonies and took pleasure in many of their social events. Bill and Betty enjoyed warm friendships, their faith, cooking together, travel, cross-country skiing, golf, Notre Dame football, UConn basketball, and their beloved Boston Red Sox. A memorial service will be held on a date in April, as yet undetermined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to West Hartford Boy Scouts Troop 146.
Published in middletownpress on Mar. 13, 2014
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