John E. ‘Oakie’ O’Connor, Jr.

June 26, 2017

John E. ‘Oakie’ O’Connor, Jr.

JOHN E. “OAKIE” O’CONNOR – of Woburn, June 26th, at eighty-four years of age. Beloved husband of Rosemarie E. (Doherty) O’Connor. Devoted father of Mary Kathleen D’Amico, her husband Domenic of NH, Maureen A. Peterson, her husband John of RI, Susan M. Donovan, her husband Brian of Woburn, John D. O’Connor, his wife Sheri of Billerica. Dear brother of Charles O’Connor and his wife Mary of Woburn, Nancy Mondello and her husband Victor of Andover and the late Catherine Reddy and Helen Stander, survived by her husband Ronald Stander. Loving Grampa to Daniel, Christopher and Katelyn D’Amico, Liam, Mairead and Ronan Peterson, and Ava and Ryan O’Connor. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday, July 1st, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call, Friday evening, June 30th, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please, at the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Oakie’s honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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John E. “Oakie” O’Connor, Retired Lieutenant, Woburn Police Department, passed away peacefully with family by his bedside on Monday, June 26th. The beloved husband of Rosemarie E. “Tootsie” (Doherty) O’Connor, he was eighty-four years of age.

A life long, well known resident of Woburn, “Oakie” was the devoted son of the late John E. and Anna E. (O’Connell) O’Connor.

Raised and educated in Woburn, Oakie was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1950. After high school, Oakie secured himself with a position at the Boston and Maine Rail Road. He worked there until 1956, when he made the shift from the Railroad to entering the Brotherhood of the Woburn Police Department.

This was the beginning of a tenure that spanned over the next forty-one years. Oakie earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, while working in the department.

He first began as a Patrolman and consistently rose through the ranks, retiring as “Lieutenant O’Connor”. Oakie’s reputation as a gentleman and police officer, preceded him! Walking his “beat” through the center, out on the street directing traffic, or behind the desk at the station, Oakie always had that twinkle in his eye, great smile, and very kind ways, that were ever present! Amongst his colleagues on the department and those with whom he came in contact with as an officer and a friend, knew him to be the quintessential policeman. Proud, strong, totally invested in his profession and community and always a gentleman, with a great sense of humor!

In 1954, while Oakie was refereeing a St. Charles and Woburn High School alumni game, he met the love of his life, Tootsie.

Four children blessed his family and he couldn’t be prouder. Every year in traditional “Woburn fashion” they would load up the wagon and journey off to Hampton Beach for several weeks. This was always an important time to spend some fun time with family. Oakie and Tootsie had also travelled to Ireland for a month, which was so fulfilling to them both, as they certainly are proud of their Irish heritage and loved everything Irish! Sharing in their children’s birthday’s, holidays, accomplishments, sporting activities, graduations and weddings; and when “Grampa” became his new moniker, well, it was so exciting to say the least! Also, another very special time in “Oakie’s” life came when his son John, chose to emulate his Dad’s chosen profession, by entering in to law enforcement and carry on his Dad’s legacy.

Faith and Family were the two most important values in Oakie’s life. For eighty-four years, he has been a member of St Charles Parish and over those years, along with his family, have all been active participants.

Oakie, was a proud yet humble, and caring, gentle man. Truly, a man of great integrity and who was certainly a significant part of the greatest generation!

Oakie was also a member of the Woburn Elks and Knights of Columbus over the years.

Sadly, Oakie was predeceased, first, by his dad at a very young age and later his Mom, with whom he shared a very close relationship with over the years, and his sisters Catherine Reddy and Helen Stander.

Oakie is lovingly survived by his dear wife of fifty-eight years, “Tootsie”, his children Mary Kathleen D’Amico, her husband Domenic of NH, Maureen A. Peterson, her husband John of RI, Susan M. Donovan, her husband Brian of Woburn, and John D. O’Connor, his wife Sheri of Billerica. Dear brother of Charles O’Connor and his wife Mary of Woburn, Nancy Mondello and her husband Victor of Andover, and brother-in-law to Ronald Stander of Woburn. Loving “Grampa” of Daniel, Christopher, and Katelyn D’Amico, Liam, Mairead and Ronan Peterson, and Ava and Ryan O’Connor. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday, July 1st, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call, Friday evening, June 30th, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please, at the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Oakie’s honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. To The O’Connor Family: The Lord just got a wonderful man into his Kingdom!! I’m sure he is having coffee and a great conversation with my Uncle Pete!!! Always a smile!!!! Prayers to his family!!! Love Liz (Hogan) Andriolo

  2. Dear O’Connor family,

    Our condolences on the passing of John. He is remembered fondly by the entire Kelley family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

    The Kelley Family

  3. Timothy
    I remember Oak as a younger Policeman. He always seemed to be in the police station(old one) when I was PC’d. He will always be remembered by me as an excellent friend. He knew anyone that you knew. You will be missed. My condolences to the O’Connor Family and ALL that know Him!

  4. To
    Maureen & Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of your Dad. My Thoughts are with you & Family.
    Noelle

  5. To the O’Connor Family,
    My deepest condolences for your loss of a truly wonderful man. I will never forget his kindness, sense of humor and utmost pride in his family. Always a gentleman with a listening ear and a nice word for all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Donaghey

  6. Dear O’connor family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I remember how much my parents cared for he and your Mom. They always spoke so fondly of your Dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Jennifer Magee Keefe
    (Bud and Eloise’s daughter)

  7. We are so saddened to hear of ‘Okie’s passing. I will always remember many great stories about the “bagger” after working with him for over 35 years. Our deepest sympathy to Tootsie and his family.

    Donald & Bert Lyons

  8. Very sorry for your loss. Great guy and long time friend. He will be missed by all. May he rest in peace. Brenda and Dan Gately

  9. Tootsie,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know he was welcomed home with open arms.
    Sincerely,
    Kathy “O’Brien” Langhan

  10. O’Connor family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God Bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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