Richard O'Connor Sr.

Richard (Dick)

O'Connor Sr.

CARY, NC - Richard (Dick) O'Connor Sr. died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Duke Raleigh Hospital from complications of lung cancer at the age of 71.

He was born February 7, 1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York, to Anna and Edwin Leonard O'Connor. He graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1960 and Dutchess Community College.

He was a resident of North Carolina for 22 years. In his 35 1/2 year career at IBM, he worked in Poughkeepsie, NY, Boca Raton, FL, and Raleigh, NC as well as assignments in Rome and London, before retiring in 1999.

He loved cooking, bowling, working on his model trains and playing the organ. He also enjoyed working in his yard and took great pride in all the compliments he received.

He was a founding member of the Hudson Valley Mustang Association and won many awards for his self-restored 1972 Mustang.

He recently became enthusiastic in tracing his O'Connor ancestry and was able to identify his lineage up to his great grandfather. Through this effort, he was able to reconnect with cousins he had not seen in 35 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary; son Rick and his wife, JoAnne; daughter, Lisa; son, Kevin and his wife, Betsy; and five grandchildren, Jordan, Jared, Hunter, Sydney, and Gwenyth. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marilyn O'Connor; three nieces; two great-nieces; a great-nephew; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Len.

Calling hours will be 4pm to 8pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A mass celebrating Dick's life will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11am at St. Michael's Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, NC 27513. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Dick's family would like to thank Dr. Yuri Fesko and the wonderful staff at the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center for all their care and attention.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's name be made to the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, addressed to Duke Cancer Institute Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710 or online at Condolences may be sent through:

Funeral Home

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home
200 Southeast Maynard Road Cary, NC 27511
(919) 467-8108

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Apr. 13, 2014