James E.O’Connor Sr.
WORCESTER — James E. O’Connor Sr., 82, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, with his loving family by his side at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Worcester, the son of Edward and Florence (Potter) O’Connor.
Jim graduated Worcester Central School, Class of 1949 and attended SUNY Cobleskill.
He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving from 1951 to 1955. He then continued with the Air Force Reserves for nine years.
Jim married Virginia “Gynger” Skinner on April 12, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Worcester.
He retired from New York Telephone Co., in 1985. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1584 for 60 years; was a past active member of the Worcester Fire Department; served as Worcester town justice and town supervisor; and was on the advisory board for Robinson Broadhurst Foundation in Stamford.
Jim loved and enjoyed his family and friends. He was always willing to help a neighbor. He had a special interest in his classic cars and recreation on the farm.
He is survived by his wife, Gynger O’Connor of Worcester; children, James (Debra) O’Connor of Worcester, Timothy (Sherry Waffle) O’Connor of Goodyear Lake, Todd O’Connor of Worcester, Jodi (Mark) Spaloss of New Jersey; grandchildren, Timothy O’Connor Jr., Christina O’Connor, Mark Spaloss II, Gregory Spaloss and Brendon and Michaela Ralph; sister, Judy (Jim) Amitrano of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and step-grandchildren, Josh, Aaron and Krista Jester and Thomas, Kelly and Alyx Martin.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at the E.J. Skinner Funeral Chapel, 155 Main St., Worcester.
A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Worcester, with the Rev. Ronald Green, MM, as celebrant.
Interment with military honors will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester.
Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1719 Route 10, Suite 229 Parsippany, NJ, 07054.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.skinnerfuneralchapel.com.