Edward J. O'Connor, 86, passed away Oct. 21, 2013, at Flagler Hospital. Born to John and Frances O'Connor in New York, he served in the Navy during World War II. While home on leave, he caught the eye of a 12-year-old girl in his building. Eight years later, she caught his eye and they married and raised their family. Ed became a New York City police officer and was assigned to serve in the same Harlem neighborhood where he was born. After retiring from the police department in 1975, he and his wife, Cecila, moved to St. Augustine. He was a man who enjoyed a simple life centered on his family and providing for them. He always said, "As long as you have your health, your family, a roof over your head and food on the table, everything else is gravy." He was loved dearly by his surviving family and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his daughters Laura O'Connor, Kathleen (Joseph) Orlando, Vicki Walentin, and Lisa (Steve) Hoye, a sister Joan Hatch; and grandchildren Nicole Easley, Tara Walentin, Steven Orlando, Josef Walentin, Kathleen Keller, Ryan Orlando, Nicholas Hoye, and a great-granddaughter, Chloe Hoye. He was predeceased by his wife Cecilia, daughter Colleen Joan O'Connor, and a brother, Richard O'Connor.
A memorial service will be at Craig Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Published in St. Augustine Record on Oct. 24, 2013