Douglas Patrick O'Connor
1957 - 2017
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Mr. Douglas Patrick O'Connor, age 59 years, resident of Thunder Bay, passed away unexpectedly at Silver Mountain, Ontario on June 1, 2017. Doug was born in Port Arthur on October 27, 1957 to Dennis and Velma O'Connor. He was raised in Port Arthur, and attended St. Margaret's School and Hillcrest High School. Doug often spoke of early childhood memories with his family: planting gardens and hunting at Silver Mountain where his dad was born and raised, and fishing at Sioux Lookout where his mom was born and raised. He was employed as an equipment operator with Thunder Bay Hydro for twenty-five years, until his worsening Muscular Dystrophy forced him to shift gears. Spending more time at home was anything but boring. He found new and enjoyable ways to spend his time, and became the head cook, baker, and maintenance man. His chili, soups, fried fish, and banana bread were favourites among his family and friends. Doug enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, watching his favourite action movies, and spending time with his family. He was often found driving around on his red golf cart and working on various mechanical and construction projects. He was passionate about helping others, and spent many years on the board of Aurora Lutheran Bible Camp. He was also dedicated to serving on the Lappe Lutheran Church council as Chairman. Doug became a friend to everyone he met, and was a bright ray of sunshine in the lives of his friends and family. He was a strong, kind, and caring man whose influence and impact will never be forgotten. His determination saw him achieve many goals in spite of his illness. He will be dearly missed. Doug is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Wendy; his children Alana, Julia, and Westin; his mother Velma; sisters Cathy (Vince) Desando, Terri O'Connor, and Gayle (Tim) Stewart; brother-in-law Rod Wilen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will also be missed by his four-legged friend Phoebe. He was predeceased by his father Dennis, brother Denny, parents-in-law Allan and Helen Wilen, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and his special fishing buddy, cousin Rob. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Lappe Lutheran Church with Pastor Neil Otke officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at Lappe Cemetery. If desired, donations can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada ( or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Jun. 17, 2017.
Funeral service
02:00 PM
Lappe Lutheran Church
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11 entries
October 15, 2018
To the O'Connor Sisters
My sincere condolences to you both about Doug and Dennis. I knew them both as we grew up back in Tbay.
They both died too young.
Walter Morel
June 23, 2017
To: Wendy & Family: Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Doug was very genuine and always had a very pleasant smile. We shall all miss him.
Ron & Reine Adams
June 23, 2017
Ron & Reine
June 20, 2017
Dear Wendy and family
We are so sorry to hear about Doug's passing. He was such a pleasant man to work with and had so much kindness and spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lynn MacDonald
Lynn MacDonald
June 19, 2017
Wendy and family. So sad to hear of Doug's passing. I didn't know him really well throughout my years at Thunder Bay Hydro, but what does stand out when I remember him is his perpetual smile! Please accept my sincere condolences...... Teri Bertin
Teri Bertin
June 18, 2017
Dear Wendy and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. He was one of the nicest and one of the best people we have ever had the good fortune to meet. Please know we are thinking of you.

Tracy Seagris and Rendell Sawchyn
Tracy Seagris
June 17, 2017
Dear Wendy and family,
We all have many fond memories of Doug, and know he truly was a caring, loving family man. We count ourselves blessed to have know him.Our families send our love and hugs, to all of you.
Marjut and Timo (families)
Jari and Cindy (families)
Jussi and Sherri (families)
June 17, 2017
Dear Wendy and family, we are so sorry to hear about Doug's passing. He was certainly a wonderful man, and liked by everyone that knew him. He will surely be missed. My heart is broken for you and your family! May he give you the strength you need at this very difficult time!❤
Mary-Jane McCracken
June 17, 2017
Wendy and family I am truly saddened to learn of Doug's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Horychuk
June 17, 2017
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Colin and Cass OConnor
June 17, 2017
Wendy I am so soryy to hear about Doug's passing my heart goes out to you and your family. He was a great man and will be missed. Cathy
Cathy Gilmour
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