John J. O'Connor
- July 13, 1927 - July 27, 2012
- Waltham, Massachusetts
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“John and I worked together for Unitrode in Watertown and Salem, great memories of a good man. Sometimes when one does a Google search for a long...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Bernie MacDonald - Co-worker
“Michele & John
Sorry to hear about your father's passing. He and I had many wonderful conversations at the fence.He was always there when we...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: John B. Malone - MA - Neighbor
I am very sorry for your loss. The few times that I met you father he was very nice to me and always had some great stories that he told. ...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mthhew Bailey - Sturbridge, MA
“As friends of Michele and Christina's, we know how much the family cared for John.
We are very sorry to hear of their loss but trust that there...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Paul Hoffmann and Taleen Ghazarian - MA
“Mary Alice and Siblings: John and I were classmates in the early years when you lived a mile north of the church and school at St. mary's. He visited...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Maurice Schmitz - Overland Park, KS
“Uncle John never failed to smile at me whenever I would greet him-nomatter what time of day-and say, "Well, God Bless You!" whenever we would part. I...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Monica Kiernan - Hudson, NH
“What memories came back when I heard of John's passing. The Sunday dinners shared by our families, and all the good times. Bill's wife called me...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Lee Steimel Garrison - IL
“I will always remember our conversations, about politics the military and whatever was the current news. John was a great famioly man and a good...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: raymond madore - newton, nh, NH
“John was both intelligent and well read; well versed in politics, economics, and the basic skills necessary for survival on any level. His deep...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Gerry and Don Rininger - Waltham, MA
“I remember John having converations with my parents and many others.His brother Roger went on the threshing crew and I drove their new MT JD tractor....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Eugene V Frost - Raymond , IA
“John sold me my 1st. insurance policy in 1950.I'll always remember his broad smile and never to be forgotten laugh.They lived a mile south and...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: William Conrad - Raymond, IA
“John was a good man. He was an honorable, religious,and giving man with integrity beyond the norm. The home we purchased jointly in Allen, TX was an...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Earl and Louise Sandberg - Allen, TX
Waltham - Mr. John J. O'Connor, of Waltham, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Dorothy Frances House in Waltham. He was 85.
Born on July 13, 1927 in Eagle Center, Iowa, he was the son of the late John J. and Leora (Wassom) O'Connor. In 1938, the family moved to Raymond Iowa, where he was raised and learned farming; he always remained an Iowa farm boy at heart. He was drafted in 1945 in to the United States Army and served in the Far East Command (Korea). After returning he attended and graduated from Gates Business College in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1950, he was recalled to Korea for active duty and served honorably until discharge in 1951. After the war, he joined the New York Life Insurance company as a sales agent in Waterloo, Iowa, until moving to Allen, Texas in 1957. Texas provided him with a career at Texas Instruments while simultaneously owning and operating a Laundromat with good friends.
He moved to Waltham in 1966, took a position at Unitrode Corporation in Watertown and later Raytheon Corporation, retiring in 1992.
In 1971, he married Jeannine M. (Vachon) O'Connor and shared 25 years of marriage before her death on January 6, 1997. He was devoted to his wife and family. He will be remembered as a man of great faith, a generous heart, and a hard worker who enjoyed the art of conversation. He was a life member of the John M. Sullivan VFW Post 10334.
He leaves his children, Michele M. Daly and her husband, Joel, and John J. O'Connor III and his wife, Christina, all of Waltham; his only grandchild, John J. O'Connor IV; his siblings, Alice M. Smith of Sumner, Iowa, James M. O'Connor of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Margaret A. Sauter of Apple Valley, California, Col. Mark D. O'Connor USMC Ret. of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Vincent R. O'Connor of Waltham who was also his best friend; also survived by many nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, August 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Luke's Church, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to The Dorothy Frances Home, 704 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452. The Dorothy Frances Home is an assisted living home for those with Alzheimer's disease.