Francis X. ‘Okie’ O’Connor

February 8, 2018

Francis X. ‘Okie’ O’Connor
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

FRANCIS X. “OKIE” O’CONNOR, SR. – of Woburn, February 8th, 2018 at eighty – nine years of age. Beloved husband of Natalie “Nettie” (Gonsalves) O’Connor. Devoted father of Dr. Francis X. O’Connor,Jr., his wife Maribeth of Nantucket. Dear brother of the late John A. and William O’Connor. Loving grandfather of Kelley Rodrigue, her husband Nick of East Hampton, Francis X. O’Connor III of Manchester,NH, Alyssa N. and Ryan P. O’Connor both of Portsmouth, RI. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street Woburn on Friday, February 16th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Okie’s memory to Woburn Pop Warner Football, PO Box 18, Woburn, MA 01801 or to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Obituary

Francis X. “Okie” O’Connor, Sr., a life-long resident of Woburn, died peacefully February 8th, 2018, at Winchester Hospital with his family by his side at eighty nine years of age. Okie was the beloved husband of Natalie “Nettie” (Gonsalves) O’Connor, with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 28th.

Born in Woburn, Okie was a son of John and Claire (Watt) O’Connor. He was raised in Billerica and a graduate of Howe High School, where he excelled in football.

Upon graduation, Okie enlisted in the US Navy and served his country shortly after WWII, until being honorably discharged. He continued his love of football and played in the semi-pros. When his playing days were over, Okie coached for the Woburn Pop Warner Trojans where he coached countless amounts of kids for 17 years, something he was passionate about.

For over 30 years, Okie worked in Cambridge as a lineman for the Cambridge Electric Light Company.

In 1958, Okie married the love of his life, Nettie and together then made their home in Woburn where the raised their son. Throughout the years they traveled to various placesand really enjoyed life. Family was always important to them and spending time with their family was one of Okie’s greatest joys. He enjoyed tending to his yard and gardening, and would provide family and friends with a summer and fall supply of fresh vegetables. He was also a lover of dogs and an avid reader who was specifically fascinated by History.

Along with his wife Nettie, Okie is survived and will deeply missed by his son, Dr. Francis X. O’Connor, Jr., his wife Maribeth of Nantucket; his loving grandchildren, Kelley Rodrigue, her husband Nick of East Hampton, Francis O’Connor III of Manchester, NH, Alyssa and Ryan O’Connor both of Portsmouth, RI.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and William O’Connor.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street Woburn on Friday, February 16th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-8 p.m.

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  1. Nettie, Frannie, Maribeth, and family, so sorry for your loss . We will always remember the good times we shared with Okie. We will always treasure our memories of time spent with him. Love you all Joe, Kim and family

  2. Dear Maribeth, Frank & Family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy during this most difficult time. May you find solace in the years of memories that you hold dear!

    God Bless!

    Gail & Stephen Hogan

  3. Dear Nettie, Frannie, Maribeth and family, We are so sorry for your loss. He was a special uncle, friend and neighbor. He was always there for anything and everything just out of the goodness of his heart. We can all be thankful for the wonderful memories and love left behind. Two beautiful gifts that can never be taken. Love, Lonnie and Debbie

  4. The O’Connor Family We were so sorry to hear about your loss, Okie was such a wonderful person plus a great neighbor he will surely be missed. Sorry that we are not home during your time of sorrow. We will see you when we get home.Love to all of you Sandy & Roy

  5. I will always love you “Okus”. Between you and Papa Joe, heaven is going to have one beautiful garden. Thank you for the memories. Miss you already.
    – “Susie”

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