FREDERICK P. “OKIE” O’CONNOR in Woburn, July 16th, at eighty five years of age. Beloved husband of Jean M. (Aiken) O’Connor. Devoted father of Frederick P. O’Connor, his wife Denise of Woburn, Jean M. O’Connor of Woburn, Michael J. O’Connor of Arlington, Christopher J. O’Connor of NJ, Matthew J. O’Connor of Auburndale and the late David J. O’Connor. Dear brother of Ann O’Connor of Woburn, Patricia Topping of Canada and the late Catherine Francis, Mary Harm, John and William O’Connor. Loving “Grampy” of Brian, Casey, Courtney, Justin and Kalen O’Connor. A Funeral will be held on Monday, July 25th in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA. Remembrances may be made in “Okie’s” memory to the Boston Catholic Television Center, PO Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02471.
Frederick P. “Okie” O’Connor passed away at his home, with his beloved family at his side Saturday, July sixteenth. The loving husband of Jean (Aiken) O’Connor he was eighty five years of age.
Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late James P. and Mary (McCarthy) O’Connor. One of seven children he was raised and educated in Arlington, graduating from Arlington High School with the Class of 1948. The United States Army was “Okie’s” next stop after high school. There he served his country proudly during the Korean War in the Fifth Regiment Combat Team.
Upon his return home Okie secured a a position with Payne Elevator which was out of Cambridge and later to Otis Elevator, retiring in 1992 after thirty eight years of service.
During the mid fifties “Okie” was introduced to Jean Aiken, a young lady also from Arlington and from the same “neck of the woods.” They began dating and almost two years later in 1959, they married.
They purchased a home in the “Shaker Glenn” section of their city where they have remained over the next fifty seven years. They were blessed with six wonderful children to whom he was devoted.
Needless to say they had a full house and a very busy household over they years. He worked hard all day and always had the time for them when he came home! Be it all the sporting events, the academic arena and of course always helping to bring them where ever they needed to be! He would be at the hockey rinks at 5 a.m., or on Saturdays and Sundays skate with the children at the rinks or the pond.
Sanford, Maine was always the summer destination for over fifty years and still continues. Load up the car, six children, food and clothing and off they would go for the duration of the summer months. Needless to say they all shared in the fun and excitement of summer which has been carried on over the years and continuously throughout the years. Okie always had a boat either motor or sail boat and taught the children the fine art of boating.
When Okie retired in the early nineties he had a morning schedule which he enjoyed. He would first go to Mass and then meet his friends after Mass and catch up on all that was going on in the world. Okie was a very devout Catholic throughout his life time, as well as his family. He was an extremely active participant throughout the years at St. Barbara’s having belonged to the Holy Name, and serving as an Extra Ordinary Minister and also on the finance committee of the church. Okie always devoted monthly, a couple of hours dedicated to the Nocternal Adoration, each month at St.
Clements Church in Boston for over a good many years.
He and Jean were able to travel over the years after the children had grown and they delighted in trips to Florida for several weeks in the winter, going across to Ireland and Italy and sometimes different places throughout the United States, visiting family.
Okie also had a very close relationship with his siblings and was particularly close to his two brothers. Fred moved to the same neighborhood as his brother John. Here all the children grew up together and shared phenomenal relationships throughout the years. Here all the children grew up together and shared phenomenal relationships throughout the years.
A very loving, kind and quiet gentle man, Okie reached out to others throughout his lifetime. He had served as a surrogate father to some and a wonderful friend to others, but always with others needs at the forefront. As a wonderful son, brother,husband, father, grandfather, uncle and in law, his great faith and true love of life for family and friends, fulfilled Okie right up to his last day.
In addition to his parents, Okie is predeceased by his son David J. O’Connor and his siblings Catherine Francis, Mary Harm, John and William O’Connor.
Okie is lovingly survived by his beloved wife Jean M. (Aiken) O’Connor; his children, Frederick P. O’Connor and his wife Denise of Woburn, Jean M. O’Connor of Woburn, Michael J. O’Connor of Arlington, Christopher J. O’Connor of NJ and Matthew J. O’Connor of Auburndale; his sisters Ann O’Connor of Woburn and Patricia Topping of Canada; his grandchildren Brian, Casey, Courtney, Justin and Kalen O’Connor. A Funeral will be held on Monday, July 25th in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA. Remembrances may be made in “Okie’s” memory to the Boston Catholic Television Center, PO Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown, MA 02471.