William J. O'Connor
1944 - 2013
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August 25, 1944 - July 5, 2013
William (Bill) James O'Connor, Jr. passed away at the age of 68 on July 5th, 2013 in La Jolla, California. Bill was born in Santa Monica, California on August 25, 1944. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles, and then the University of Houston and Cal State L.A., where Bill had a successful collegiate golf career.
A gifted salesman, Bill enjoyed success in virtually all of his business ventures, first as a nationally recognized insurance executive for Mutual Benefit Life and later as a real estate developer in Southern California. But Bill's greatest passion was for the game of golf. He was among the top amateur golfers in Southern California for over thirty years. He won the California State Public Links Amateur Championship in 1965, and after starting a family in 1966, he went on to become one of the most highly-acclaimed four-ball golfers in the country. Bill won more than a hundred four-ball tournaments, most notably the prestigious Champions Cup, the International Four Ball, and the National Trans-Miss. Bill also won eleven Club Championships at Riviera Country Club, making him one of the most prolific club champions in Riviera's history.
Big Bill was a larger-than-life personality. He could fill any room he entered with his charm and magnetism. Ask any one of his friends and they all have a Bill O'Connor story. Even brief encounters with Bill could be unforgettable. But if there is one thing that defined Bill's character more than his charm, it was his love of competition. Bill lived to compete. Playing golf or coaching his sons' flag football teams, Bill's flame burned most brightly when he was competing. He was at his happiest when he was playing with friends, competing and laughing and joking and, most usually, winning.
Bill is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda, and by his parents William and Ruth O'Connor. He is survived by his son James O'Connor of New York, New York and his two daughters, Carmen and Ines, and by his son Robert (Jodie) O'Connor of Marin County, California and his three children Erin, Quinn and Katherine. Bill is also survived by his two sisters Mary Dion (Richard W.) of San Jose, California and Marjorie O'Connor of Austin, Texas.
Funeral services and burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California at 11:00 a.m. on July 13, 2013, with Fr. Mario Prietto, S.J. presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's name to Loyola High School, 1901 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90006.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 10 to Jul. 13, 2013.
Funeral service
11:00 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery
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July 4, 2019
Billy you always in my heart and miss you terribly. Margie
Margie OConnor
September 8, 2013
RIP Pancho.

I'll never forget all the great times we had back in the 80's. I was part of your Malibu years - Cisco to your Pancho. Thank you for introducing me to Riviera, La Costa and Del Mar.

Find yourself a good fourball match - best partner ever!
Dan Van Mieghem
August 4, 2013
R I P BIlly....
shelly clark
July 15, 2013
I have known you and your family for most of my life, and I bet I was in Holy Cross Cemetary visiting my Angie on Saturday July 13. Her 5th aniversary in Heaven. All the best in your new venture. Aces will come easier now that you have arived. See you later. You have ben a good man! Hi Mary, hi Margie.
Lee Bourcier
July 12, 2013
RIP Big Bill. The girls and I remember you with love.
Connie Howard
Connie Howard
July 11, 2013
I knew Bill, very well. We worked together for many years. We spent time together, going to the Chargers games! He was a gregarious and joyful man!
I will miss him.
Take him, dear Lord.
Bless him, dear Lord.
Robert Bejar
July 11, 2013
Sorry about the loss of Bill, he joins the growing number of cadets from St. John's Military we have lost, Mike Boyer, John Kirsh, Larry Covas, and Charles Correll,

Pete Luongo of Chicago
July 10, 2013
I read this quote from Charles Dickens shortly after Bills passing and would like to share it.
"Pause and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."
God bless you Billy.
Rich Cantillon
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