Rev. (Capt.) William B. OConnor, 90, former longtime Pastor of St. Clares Church in Braintree, died Thursday Evening, March 14, at the Marian Manor Nursing Home in South Boston after a period of declining health. Born in Boston, to Annie and Daniel OConnor, he was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston English High School. He was a resident of Stoughton for over 34 years. Fr. OConnor was a graduate of St. Johns Seminary in Brighton and received Holy Orders on May 1, 1947 from then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing. A proud Veteran of the United States Navy, Fr. OConnor served as a Chaplain for over twenty three years, in several different assignments and retired at age 57. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he was assigned to St. Clares Church in Braintree where he remained for many years and was named Pastor in 1981. He remained as Pastor until his retirement several years ago. Fr. OConnor enjoyed his work as a priest and also enjoyed golfing, traveling and sports. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his siblings, nieces nephews and greatnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved and devoted siblings, John T. OConnor and Anna (OConnor) Hawko. He was the brother-in-law of Grace OConnor of West Roxbury and the late Thomas Hawko. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and greatnieces and nephews. Fr. OConnor will lay in state in the Church of Saint Clare, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree Highlands, MA on Wednesday, March 20 from 4 - 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Due to Lenten Floral restrictions, no flowers will be accepted. Burial will take place at St. Josephs Cemetery, West Roxbury. Donations in his memory may be made in honor of Fr. OConnors niece to the Kerry Mello Memorial Fund, Massachusetts Hospital School, 3 Randolph St., Canton, MA 02021. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton.
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Published in Braintree Forum from Mar. 17 to Mar. 24, 2013