Cody O'Connor (1993 - 2017)

  • "Cody, We just experienced our first Christmas without you..."
    - Rene OConnor
  • "Tom, Rene and Family, Gloria and I are saddened with the..."
    - Mark Hiratsuka
  • "Tommy, Rene and family, we are so very sorry for your loss..."
    - Scott & Clara Torrison
  • "Our Deepest condolences to you Rene & tom sending our love..."
    - Massa Pat
  • "So, so sorry for your loss. Although I only knew Cody from..."
    - Sonja Rootvik

Thomas Cody O'Connor passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in a motor vehicle accident on the Parks Highway. He was 23. Cody is survived by his parents, Tom and Rene O'Connor; as well as his sister, Taryn O'Connor-Brito with her husband, Angelo and their son, Aidan; his sister, Megan with her husband Ward Hurlburt V; and a close-knit, extended family. Cody was born and lived in Dillingham, Alaska, where he graduated from the local high school in 2012. He was a fifth-generation fisherman on Ekuk Beach, where he fished among the O'Connor/Ball clan. He also tried out drifting and worked construction. He explored the state in the off seasons, stashing a coat and a notebook for his raps and poems in friendly houses from Dillingham to Fairbanks to Soldotna, Alaska. Those who knew him will hold the way he grinned in their hearts. With hands in his pockets, he'd rock from his heels to his toes, squinting, and chuckling slow, twinkling mischief blue eyes. He was magnetic and seldom alone, but faded quickly out of a crowd. He hugged warmly and spoke with dry, genuine humor. Many call him brother. He loved nothing better than a deep, philosophical conversation. And his family draws comfort knowing he's now having a lively discussion with the Lord. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Dillingham Seventh-day Adventist Church on Windmill Hill at 1 p.m. The family is deeply grateful for the love and support of the community at this difficult time.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 5, 2017