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Irishman Dies from Stubbornness, Whiskey

Chris Connors died, at age 67, after trying to box his bikini-clad hospice nurse just moments earlier. Ladies man, game slayer, and outlaw Connors told his last inappropriate joke on Friday, December 9, 2016, that which cannot be printed here. Anyone else fighting ALS and stage 4 pancreatic cancer would have gone quietly into the night, but Connors was stark naked drinking Veuve in a house full of friends and family as Al Green played from the speakers. The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn't do it, he would make sure he could.

Most people thought he was crazy for swimming in the ocean in January; for being a skinny Irish Golden Gloves boxer from Quincy, Massachusetts; for dressing up as a priest and then proceeding to get into a fight at a Jewish deli. Many gawked at his start of a career on Wall Street without a financial background - but instead with an intelligent, impish smile, love for the spoken word, irreverent sense of humor, and stunning blue eyes that could make anyone fall in love with him.

As much as people knew hanging out with him would end in a night in jail or a killer screwdriver hangover, he was the type of man that people would drive 16 hours at the drop of a dime to come see. He lived 1000 years in the 67 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor. At the age of 26 he planned to circumnavigate the world - instead, he ended up spending 40 hours on a life raft off the coast of Panama. In 1974, he founded the Quincy Rugby Club. In his thirties, he sustained a knife wound after saving a woman from being mugged in New York City. He didn't slow down: at age 64, he climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. Throughout his life, he was an accomplished hunter and birth control device tester (with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8).

He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important - the simplicity of living a life with those you love. Although he threw some of the most memorable parties during the greater half of a century, he would trade it all for a night in front of the fire with his family in Maine. His acute awareness of the importance of a life lived with the ones you love over any material possession was only handicapped by his territorial attachment to the remote control of his Sonos music.

Chris enjoyed cross dressing, a well-made fire, and mashed potatoes with lots of butter. His regrets were few, but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986.

Of all the people he touched, both willing and unwilling, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife Emily Ayer Connors who supported him in all his glory during his heyday, and lovingly supported him physically during their last days together.

Absolut vodka and Simply Orange companies are devastated by the loss of Connors. A "Celebration of Life" will be held during Happy Hour (4 p.m.) at York Harbor Inn on Monday, December 19.

In lieu of flowers, please pay open bar tab or donate to Connors' water safety fund at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2016.
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January 10, 2020
My heart is inspired by chris. god bless
January 10, 2020
He was a good man
December 14, 2019
I dated Chris for about a year and a half; on a blind date. I was in anesthesia school in quincy at the time. He was a joy; great sense of humor and looks! I've never met someone who has bluer eyes than myself. Thought of getting in touch after my divorce but figured he was happy with his family! So sorry for his huge family! His memory will be tucked away in my heart forever! Sincerely, Pamela Goodwin/Peaslee
June 25, 2019
I too came to this obituary after reading Lisa Genova's book, "Every Note Played".
My husband was diagnosed with ALS on May 26, 2016. I still have the honor of his presence in my life and continue to appreciate and celebrate his gift of life for as long as God is willing. Thank you for your inspiration Chris.
Carmen Gatti
April 13, 2019
For Chris.....
April 12, 2019
Lisa Genova encouraged me at the end of her book, Every Note Played, to read your obituary. My first thought was that I wish I had known you, but I quickly realized that in a small way I did through reading today. I know those who knew you in the truest sense of the word must still miss you every day, but they carry your spirit in their hearts. Godspeed...
Joelle McClure
November 14, 2018
Gott liebt dich
Frank Weimann
November 13, 2018
I didn't know Chris, but I was encouraged by "Lisa Genova" and her book on ALS to check him out. I wish that most people could be more like he was, seems like a lovely,caring,fun guy. My eyes have definitely been opened because of him.
Vanessa Johnson
August 5, 2018
I didn't know Chris, but was lead to read his obit after reading a book on ALS. What a profound legacy. We should all be so lucky- it definitely has motivated me to live my life to the fullest. Cheers Chris!
Katie Cowan
March 13, 2018
Chris lives! Somehow, we came across this online, and my 16-year-old son said, " Man, that's epic! I want to be someone with that kind of passion!" So there you go :)
December 17, 2017
My guess is you're not dead. Maybe this was a birthday present to you from a friend. And a great present it was. Congrats and Happy birthday!!!
Paul Fredricks
July 22, 2017
We are very sorry for your loss. At times of hardship, the common advice you may hear is simply "move on." But move on to where? We can find comfort in the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:10 - "Let your kingdom come." This Kingdom is real, and it brings comfort when we understand the blessings it will bring.
July 9, 2017
Though it seems the world has lost a heck of a man - which saddens me beyond belief for his loved ones - it is nevertheless a reminder to those of us still alive to live your life to the fullest, to take a leaf (or two) out of Mr Connors' book and live a life worthy of such an obituary. Thank you for being such a presence in this world - though I have never met you, you are an inspiration to me.

Rest in peace, legend :)
April 25, 2017
I'm a Newburyport resident, but I didn't know Chris. It's good to hear of a man who clearly celebrated living. Condolences to his family.

I also happen to work at Sonos, so I passed this obituary on to the folks at work for the funny comment about Chris wanting to control the music.
Seth Goldstein
March 12, 2017
What a great life it must have been for Chris and all who knew and loved him. In the end he is still bringing laughs to those of us who appreciate a good story.
March 10, 2017
I saw your undeniably stylish and wicked awesome obituary on the interwebs and I wanted to take a moment to offer my most sincere condolences to your family as it seems they, and we, have lost one cool dude. Your positive impact on the ones that love you most certainly shines through every word of that piece. You did an amazing g job being a human. Godspeed, my friend. Xo
Nicole Cummings
February 27, 2017
Gode besser you Irishman.
frank weimann
February 15, 2017
God Bless the family and their epic Parting Glass.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
- Irish Headstone
David Russell GySgt, USMC (Ret.)
February 14, 2017
The Dos Equis guy is now officially the second most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty my friend, a life well lived and loved.
Kenneth McCarren
February 1, 2017
I just hope that my life is as rich and full as senior Chris.
Jim Bold
January 18, 2017
Just heard about "Spots". A bright soul. Condolence and thoughts to his wife and children. May we all meet in the old bye and bye. He gave us "himself".
Pam McNeice Campanale
(fellow class flirt 1968. A surprise to both)
January 5, 2017
Oh, my heart!

God bless you, Chris.
M Chavez
January 5, 2017
I lost my parents tragically this Christmas Eve, I didn't know Chris, and my condolences to all that did, he sounds like he was my kind of friend. I was reading obituaries because I am needing to write the first 2 I've ever written, and came across his. God bless, may he Rest In Peace, I will def close out a tab for someone in his honor. Cheers Chris
Sandra Palomo
January 4, 2017
Your story is an inspiration...would have liked to have known you and tossed back a shot over an inappropriate joke!
January 2, 2017
Sounds like he lived his life to fullest on his terms.
Laura Jaenicke
December 27, 2016
Well done Chris! Life is too short to not live it to the fullest. Godspeed and RIP
December 25, 2016
What a great send off for a man that I did not know, but as I can see, was loved by many. I admire his zest for life and would have enjoyed having a good laugh with all his antics. From one Irish family to in peace my brother.
Joyce McShane-Johnson
December 24, 2016
Would have loved to have known you .
Kenny C
December 23, 2016
Living life to the fullest. Way to go Chris. Have one for all of us!
Frank Zamacona
December 23, 2016
He lived a full life! He is my hero!
Wing Chan
December 22, 2016
What an incredible life and legacy- Hope to meet him in the next- Safe travels Chris
lee Williams
December 22, 2016
While I never knew this man Chris, I wish that I had. The beautiful obit is a testimonial to how this man lived his life. He had a zest that so many only WISH they had, like myself...I can feel that it is a tremendous loss to have lost him. A man like him makes life exciting... I am sorry for your loss, although I feel it is temporary... One day we will have the answers and hopefully be reunited once again. (Yes I am a dreamer..what else do we have, really). Bless your family for having had a remarkable man such as Chris! Remember those good times... it's what gets you through the night!
Dee Joyce
December 21, 2016
Sounds like he was my kind of man - RIP
Larry Brooke
December 21, 2016
what a journey Chris. God bless you on your new life among the stars above, forever looking down upon us...
Bruce Fountain
December 20, 2016
Amazing obit, amazing man and his amazing example to all. What a blessing it would be if we could all share his zest for life.
Definitely a bright new star in the heavens. Shine on Chris.

Randy S. Wyoming, RI
December 20, 2016
What a wonderful tribute to a father, husband and a true Irish gent, I lost my husband a year ago and after reading this I wish my son and I had done something as wonderful, slainte, makes one think twice about an obit, so uplifting...
December 20, 2016
The Irish community's throughout our great country all have a Chris Connors, so it is a very sad day when one leaves us. We are sad for your loss.
Crocker Park Frisco
December 20, 2016
Happy to say I was fortunate enough to drink some whiskey and a wonderful Sassicaia in front of a fire at Chris' home in Maine with his family. Sad to hear of his illnesses and ultimate demise. He will be missed. I do wish I was able to spend much more time with him, but our paths crossed at the wrong point in life for that to be possible. Sending love..... Especially to Emily, Liam, Chris and Freckles.
Colombian Ninja
December 20, 2016
To the family of Mr. Connors.

Congratulations to you for knowing such a stunning human being. While you mourn his loss, I mourn that fact that I never met him. The obituary you wrote for him, I would guess, would make him happy.

Love to all of you.
Bud Jennings
December 20, 2016
I just want to say my condolences to the family. He sounded like an amazing man! RIP Chris Connors. What a wonderful tribute to him with his obit.
Thank you,
Janet P Rinehart-Batease
December 20, 2016
My condolences to the extended Connors family.
I would like to share a story with you about some advice that Chris gave me that had great impact on my athletic career. As a little background, my family had just moved from Dorchester to Ellington Road in Quincy two doors down from the Connors. I was around ten years old at the time. Doug and his friends were around fourteen, so they were the big kids and his older brothers were the really big kids.
One day Kevin and Chrissie Connors were throwing a football around in front of their house when they summonsed me and a few other neighborhood lads to play touch football in the street.
Being the little guy, I was stationed on the line to cover the QB. Kevin was my target and I remember him being lanky, quite nimble and able to avoid my QB rush at will. Chris called a huddle and looked me in the eye and in the only sentence that he ever directed to me, before or after that game he said; Watch his belt buckle and whichever way his buckle goes, you go! With that, I became quite a nuisance to Kevin that game and kept him somewhat in check.
Although I did not play at NQHS, I did play in the Boston Park Football League for the South Boston Chippewas for several years and then in the Dorchester Flag Football League for many more. That advice on how to track the ball carrier served me well and I would always pass it along to the new guys who may have been struggling and later to my own sons.
Like Chris, I also enjoy Veuve and will toast him the next time we pop a bottle!!
One last sad note that your family may not be aware but there were three victims on 9/11 with direct ties to Ellington Road in Quincy. Along with your Uncle Kevin, Susan (McAleney) MacKay grew up across the street from the Connors at 43 Ellington Road, worked for TJX and was on American Flight 11. In addition, the Healy family from 53 Ellington Road lost an uncle who was a Catholic priest. God bless them all!!
Stephen Roche, Quincy MA
December 20, 2016
Will there be a booklet of jokes. I'll buy with $ to charity.
December 20, 2016
Chris, I don't even know you but you have inspired me to live everyday to my fullest. I wish I had met you, maybe I did I live in Lavallette maybe at the crabs claw, but I wish you well on your journey. You have a beautiful family.
Sheree Ciniello
December 20, 2016
May God Bless Chris! I did not know him however I wish I did. I lost my dad two years ago. He was a Globe Trotter, an Army man and loved to play Jokes on everyone just like Chris.

Just remember to keep all of his memories in your heart and soul. It will get better with time but, not much as every time you tie your shoe or drive your car Dad taught me this.

Your dad seemed like a phenomenal man. Keep his love with you always!
Dennis Dougharty
December 19, 2016
I wish l could be loved by my friends and family as much as you were loved by yours. I have never met you Chris, for what l am truly sorry.
Iam sure you are happy and making everyone happy as well at wherever beautiful place you are.

My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
O. B.
December 19, 2016
Reddit brought me here, and a glimpse of a life worth living kept me reading until the last word. Cheers to Chris Connors.
The Dude
December 19, 2016
After reading the obituary, he has left a lasting legacy in his family. They share his passion and wisdom. They honored him. He won't be forgotten as he lives strongly in their hearts. His heart will still beat at whatever he is doing now. He won't be resting.
Steve Toope
December 19, 2016
As a fellow Irish, I Chris Conner, salute you my friend and wish you well on your journey.
Chris Conner
December 19, 2016
I wish I knew him. I'm sure we would have had a laugh or two and jail time.
Scott Griffel
December 19, 2016
This guy was truly legendary! I am privileged to have even read his obituary! My condolences to the family and loved ones.
William Kramer II
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