John Michael Connor
LA QUINTA, Calif. — John Michael Connor of La Quinta, Calif., formerly of Cooperstown, passed away following a brief illness on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
John was born March 14, 1941, in Nyack, son of Sara M. Connor and Thomas J. Connor of Pomona, both deceased.
John is survived by Darby Connor and their four children and spouses: Leigh Connor and Frank Leo of Cooperstown; Marc Connor and Betty Villarreal of Long Island City; Dan Connor and Kristina Beauchamp of Jackson Heights; and Kathryn (Kasey) Connor of Mount Vision. John is also survived by his brothers, Dr. Thomas M. Connor and Timothy G. Connor and their families, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
John graduated from Dominican College in Blauvelt, with a degree in history and attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. to pursue a master’s degree in education. He worked many years in human resources before retiring from the field as an executive vice president. John started a second career as a successful retailer with The Christmas Barn in Fly Creek and Tin Bin Alley in Cooperstown. John loved interacting with people from all walks of life and enjoyed bringing the magic of his favorite holiday to the patrons of The Christmas Barn.
John was a kind and gentle man, a loving and proud husband and father, with a passion for children, education and the arts. In his later years, John focused on his hobby of folk art painting and enjoyed listening to jazz and gardening.
A private graveside service for the family will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Christ Church in Cooperstown, followed by a reception at his daughter’s residence in Mount Vision.
A memorial fund has been set up in his name with the No Kid Hungry Foundation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the foundation at http://join.strength.org/goto/JMCMemorialFund.
Any further condolences for the family may be mailed to 2472 County Highway 11, Mount Vision, NY 13810, in care of Kathryn (Kasey) Connor and will be shared with the family on July 14.