John T. Croteau
July 19, 2007
In Our Lady of Peace Hospital—Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Beach, Ind., at 97. Professor emeritus of economics at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., Mr. Croteau had taught at the university from 1953 until his retirement in 1975; he then served one year as chairman of the department of business administration and economics at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Mr. Croteau began his career in 1933 as the Carnegie chair of economics and sociology at the former Prince Wales College and St. Dunstan’s College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. During his 12-year tenure there, he had served in several capacities, including the director of adult education programs; secretary of the adult education league; and manager of the credit union league as well as the PEI Cooperative Union. Mr. Croteau then taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati and the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., before joining the staff at Notre Dame. A prolific author, he had written several books—plus, more than 20 monographs, 30 professional journal articles and many book reviews—on the subject of credit unions and the cooperative movement; Mr. Croteau had also made numerous presentations at scholarly conferences, continuing into retirement. In addition, during his career, he had been a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of Federal Credit Unions and the Social Security Administration; director of the Canadian Political Science Association as well as the Credit Union National Association; and between, 1960 and 1969, president of the board of directors of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union. Mr. Croteau had been a parishioner for many years at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in South Bend.
Edward F. Hellwig, M.D.
July 4, 2007
Of Akron, Ohio, and Winter Park, Fla., at 93. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Hellwig had maintained an obstetrics-gynecology practice for many years in Akron, Ohio; during his career, he had also served as the chief of staff of St. Thomas Hospital in Akron. His longtime affiliation with professional and religious organizations included the Summit County Medical Society and the Serra Club; Dr. Hellwig had been a member of St. Sebastian Church in Akron and St. Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park. A veteran of World War II, he had been a flight surgeon in the Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Hellwig is survived by three sons; three daughters; two sons-in-law; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; and cousins.
Rev. Thomas F. Delehanty
Aug. 4, 2007
In West Brookfield, Mass., at 93. A longtime priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., Fr. Delehanty had served 19 years as the pastor of All Saints Parish in Ware, retiring in 1987; previously, he had been the curate for eight years at St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst. Ordained to the priesthood in 1941, in St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield, Mass., Fr. Delehanty began his ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Milford, from 1941-1943; St. Mary’s Church in Northampton, from 1943-51; and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, from 1951-60. In addition to his parish duties, he had been a judge of the diocesan Marriage Tribunal, an elected member of both the Bishop’s Commission for the Clergy and the Diocesan Senate, and dean of the eastern portion of Hampshire County, from 1975-89; Father Delehanty was also chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Advisory Board for the diocese. He is survived by two cousins.
Maurice J. Sponzo
June 20, 2007
In Connecticut, at 92. A longtime judge in the Connecticut judicial system, Mr. Sponzo had most recently served three years as the chief court administrator for the state judicial department, prior to his retirement in 1984. Named a judge of the Circuit Court in 1967, he was elevated, in 1970, to the Court of Common Pleas; he remained in this position until 1974, when he became a judge of the Superior Court—during which time he also served on its appellate session, from 1975-79. Mr. Sponzo began his career as a prosecuting attorney in the West Hartford Town Court, from 1949-51 and 1955-56; from 1956-59, he had held the post of corporation counsel for the city of West Hartford. A veteran, Mr. Sponzo had served from 1941-46 with the 81st Infantry Wildcat Division; he attained the rank of captain. Mr. Sponzo was a recipient in 1981 of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Judicial Award. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Sponzo is survived by two daughters; two sons-in-law; a brother, Michael T., D.D.S., ’44; two sisters; two granddaughters; and several nephews and nieces.
William F. Marcellino
May 9, 2007
At his home in Lexington, Mass., at 90. During his career, Mr. Marcellino had worked many years in the insurance field prior to retirement. Active as well in state politics, he had served as constituent liaison for U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey of the 7th District of Massachusetts and, previously, as director of international trade during the administration of former Massachusetts Gov. Francis W. Sargent; in the 1940s, he had worked on the campaigns of John F. Kennedy. Mr. Marcellino is survived by his wife, Marie; four sons, including William F. Jr. ’65 and James J. ’65; two daughters; two stepsons; two stepdaughters; and 21 grandchildren.
Gerald M. Earls
August 1, 2007
At his home in Southbridge, Mass., at 88. Mr. Earls had worked more than 30 years at the American Optical Company in Southbridge, Mass., retiring in 1982 as the assistant treasurer and vice president of taxes. Involved in civic and community affairs, he had been a former member and chairman of the Southbridge School Committee; a trustee of Harrington Memorial Hospital; and member of the board of directors of the Worcester Food Bank. An active member of St. Mary’s Church in Southbridge, Mr. Earls had been a former member of the Worcester Diocese Catholic Charities board of directors; chairman of the 1990 Bishop’s Fund; member of the Southbridge Catholic Charities Advisory Board; and a member of the former St. Mary’s School Committee. He had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent; in 2000, Mr. Earls had been a recipient of the College’s In Hoc Signo award. A veteran, he had served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Earls is survived by his wife, Constance; four sons, including James F. ’71 and Richard T. ’78; two daughters, including Monica M. ’77; a son-in-law; four daughters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. His brothers were the late Martin J. ’33 and Francis X., M.D., ’39.
John H. McMichael
July 14, 2007
At his home in Beverly Farms, Mass., at 89. During his career, Mr. McMichael had been employed by the General Electric Company, Liberty Mutual and the Social Security Administration. A veteran, he had served in the Army during World War II. Mr. McMichael had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, John H. Jr. ’69; two daughters; two sons-in-law; a brother; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nephews and nieces.
Gaetano A. Russo Jr.
July 21, 2007
In the Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Conn., at 88. Mr. Russo, whose military career spanned more than 37 years, had been an Army veteran of World War II—serving with Gen. George Patton in Germany—and, also, of the Korean War; the recipient of numerous medals, including the Bronze Star, he retired with the rank of major general. Founder of the Reliable Insurance Company of Waterbury in 1956, Mr. Russo operated the business until 1970 when he became chief U.S. marshal for the District of Connecticut. He had been a past commander of several veterans’ organizations as well as a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #265 Lodge of Waterbury; Mr. Russo had also been an honorary member of the First Company, Governors Foot Guard of Hartford, and the Second Company, Governors Foot Guard of New Haven. A former chairman of the Republican Town Committee of Waterbury, he had served as a past president of the Connecticut State Employees Association and as a former president of Chapter 495 of the American Association of Retired Persons of Naugatuck—Waterbury. Mr. Russo had been a member and former chairman of the Parish Council of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Waterbury. He is survived by his wife, Marion; three sons; a daughter-in-law; two brothers; a sister; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Robert M. Byrne
June 8, 2007
At his home in Milton, Mass., at 88. A longtime business executive, Mr. Byrne began his career in the family company, Whitney Brothers Inc., a paper and packaging goods wholesaler located in Boston; he first served as a salesman and, subsequently, assumed the posts of treasurer and vice president. Acquiring Whitney Building Products in 1987, Mr. Byrne worked with his son, Nicholas, over a 15-year period to develop the business as a wholesaler of specialized building products. He had been a member and past treasurer, for 17 years, of the New England Paper Merchants Association. A Naval officer during World War II, Mr. Byrne had been stationed at the Naval Ordinance Plant in Pocatello, Idaho. An accomplished sailor, he had also served as a commodore of the Megansett Yacht Club of North Falmouth, Mass. Mr. Byrne is survived by his wife, Corine; three sons, including Robert M. Jr. ’73; four daughters; two sons-in-law, including Edward J. Smith Jr. ’71; three daughters-in-law; and 20 grandchildren.
Leonard C. Clossey Sr.
March 10, 2007
Of Richland, Wash., at 87. Prior to his retirement in 1984, Mr. Clossey had worked for Batelle Northwest; he began his career in 1948 as a scientist for the General Electric Co. in Richland. During World War II, Mr. Clossey had served in the Air Force for five years, attaining the rank of major—a gunnery officer, he flew in the lead plane for the 446 Bomber Group on D-Day; as head of the Reserves in Walla Walla, Wash., Mr. Clossey had held the rank of lieutenant colonel. He had been an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland. Mr. Clossey is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine; two sons; a daughter; two sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; a sister; two sisters-in-law; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
Paul J. Connolly
July 5, 2007
At the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, at 87. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Mr. Connolly had worked 39 years for the Worcester Public Schools, most recently serving 17 years as the assistant principal of Forest Grove Junior High School. Previously, he had taught at Grafton Street Junior High School and Belmont Street Preparatory School—as well as Classical High School, Burncoat Junior High and Doherty Memorial High School; his subjects were Latin, English, history and psychology. Mr. Connolly was a Navy veteran of World War II—a 1943 graduate of the Notre Dame Midshipman School, he had served aboard a variety of ships during his time of military service. Discharged from active duty in 1946, Mr. Connolly had been a member of the Naval Reserve for 26 years—assigned to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Training Center in Worcester and appointed commanding officer of Surface Division 1-32; he retired with the rank of lieutenant commander. In addition to his membership in professional educational associations, Mr. Connolly had belonged to several military organizations, including the retired Officers Association and the Military Order of the World Wars—for which he had been a past commander and longtime treasurer and adjutant of the Region I Division. He had also been a member of the Catholic Alumni Sodality—serving 23 years as treasurer—and an active parishioner, for many years, of Blessed Sacrament Church in Worcester. Mr. Connolly had been a member as well of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester—serving 15 years on its Executive Board—and a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by two daughters; two brothers, including Vincent F. ’49; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. His father was the late Paul A. ’15.
Leo F. Brennan
May 10, 2007
In Sudbury (Mass.) Pines Nursing Home, at 87. A longtime educator in Marlborough, Mass., Mr. Brennan had been the assistant superintendent at the time of his retirement. At the start of his career, he had been a civics teacher at Marlborough High School, as well as the football and basketball coach; Mr. Brennan subsequently assumed the post of principal at several schools within the system. Following retirement, he had been associated for several years with the Fay School in Southborough, Mass. A member of the varsity football team at Holy Cross, Mr. Brennan had played professional football for one year with the Philadelphia Eagles. An Army veteran of World War II, he had served in the military police, attaining the rank of sergeant. Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Virginia; three sons; three daughters; a son-in-law; three daughters-in-law; two brothers; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. His brothers were the late Walter C. ’49 and William J. ’55.
Laurence B. Burke
April 21, 2007
In the Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, N.Y., at 87. A longtime radio/television engineer, Mr. Burke had most recently worked for WTNY of Watertown prior to his retirement in 1984; previously, he had been employed by WSLB of Ogdensburg, WMSA of Massena and WWNY of Watertown. An Army veteran, Mr. Burke had served with the 8th Airborne in England from 1942-45. He is survived by his wife, Marie; two daughters; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
John P. Grennan Jr.
July 8, 2007
In Jupiter, Fla., at 85. A longtime employee of the Travelers Insurance Company prior to his retirement in 1983, Mr. Grennan began his career in real estate development there in 1963; he had previously worked in his family’s plumbing business. During World War II, Mr. Grennan had served as a pilot in the Navy. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Grennan is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law; two daughters-in-law; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; seven grandchildren, including Kerry Grennan Hurley ’94; two great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Francis W. Weihn
May 2, 2007
In UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus, Worcester, at 85. During his career, Mr. Weihn had worked almost 20 years with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, retiring as a captain. An accomplished athlete, he had been captain of the football team at his alma mater Clinton (Mass.) High School and a member of the varsity baseball team at Holy Cross; Mr. Weihn was the coach of the Clinton High School baseball team from 1953-55. A Navy veteran of World War II, he took part in the invasion of Luzon and subsequently served 14 months in the Philippines. Past president of the Worcester County Football Officials Association and former member of the International Association of Basketball Officials, Mr. Weihn had been active in the Clinton Democratic Committee as well as in numerous local and professional organizations. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; three sons; a daughter; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandsons; and many nephews and nieces.
Herbert V. Brennan
June 1, 2007
At his home in East Greenwich, R.I., at 85. A lifelong resident of East Greenwich, Mr. Brennan had worked 30 years for Bostitch, retiring as a sales office manager. A veteran, he had served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Brennan had been an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, past president and member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons; three daughters; five grandchildren; and a stepgranddaughter. His brother was the late Monsignor George J. ’35.
Austin A. McIntyre
July 19, 2007
In the Maine Medical Center, at 90. During his career, Mr. McIntyre had worked for the U.S. Postal Service and, also, served as a sales representative for Palmolive Soaps and the U.S. Rubber Co. A veteran, he had been a sergeant in the Army during World War II. Mr. McIntyre was a 1935 graduate of Portland (Maine) High School, where he had been a member of the football and basketball teams. He is survived by two sons; two daughters; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Michael D. Riordan
June 15, 2007
At the Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Fla., at 85. During his career, Mr. Riordan had worked for Texaco Inc., retiring in 1981 as the director of Worldwide Petrochemical Research. He had belonged to St. Bernard Catholic Church and the historical society located on Anna Maria Island, where he had been a resident for 25 years. Mr. Riordan had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Bette; a daughter; a son-in-law; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
William F. Esip Jr.
June 17, 2007
At his home in Auburn, Mass., at 85. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Esip had been the assistant claims manager for the Travelers Insurance Company in Worcester. During his career, he had also served as the assistant clerk magistrate of the Worcester Central District Court. In World War II, Mr. Esip had served with the U.S. Army Air Forces. He had been a member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester and a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Esip is survived by his wife, Valerie; a daughter; a son-in-law; a sister; a brother-in-law; two grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Edward F. Yurkiewicz
May 3, 2007
At Christopher House in Worcester, at 85. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Mr. Yurkiewicz had served 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service, working for the Railway Mail Service and, later, as a postal clerk. A U.S. Army-Air Force veteran of World War II, he had been a corporal with the Air Transport Command in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and a participant in the Japan air offensive; Mr. Yurkiewicz was a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbon with one Bronze Star. He had been a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Worcester. Mr. Yurkiewicz is survived by a brother; a sister-in-law; two nephews; seven nieces; grandnephews and grandnieces; and cousins.
Thomas T. Collins
April 3, 2006
In Vero Beach, Fla., at 87. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Collins had worked 34 years as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. A Navy veteran of World War II, he had been a member of the Retired Officers Association in Vero Beach. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons; a daughter; and six grandchildren.
Francis C. Rocheleau
June 12, 2007
Of Westbrook, Maine, at 83. A longtime attorney, Mr. Rocheleau had maintained a private practice in Westbrook for 23 years, retiring in 1990. At the start of his career, he had worked for the Portland, Maine, law firm of Mahoney, Thomes & Desmond. A municipal court judge in Westbrook from 1957-60, Mr. Rocheleau had served as the 35th mayor of the city in the 1960s. He was a past president of the Westbrook Kiwanis Club. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Rocheleau took part in the V-12 program at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana after beginning his studies at Holy Cross; he subsequently served in the South Pacific and the Philippine Islands as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Roxane, returning to the College as a student, upon the completion of military service. Mr. Rocheleau is survived by his wife, Lucia; three sons; a daughter-in-law; two sisters; and four grandsons.
James J. O’Leary
Aug. 3, 2007
At his home in Beverly, Mass., at 84. During his career, Mr. O’Leary had worked many years in the travel industry. A Massachusetts track-and-field official and the former commissioner of track and field for the Northeastern Conference, he had been a member of the College varsity track and cross country teams—and a nationally ranked distance runner; in 1994, Mr. O’Leary was elected into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame. An Army veteran of World War II, he had been a parachute infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, taking part in combat in the invasion of Normandy, Holland, Bastogne, Rhineland, Germany, and Austria. Mr. O’Leary had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister; a brother-in-law; and many nephews and nieces.
Charles B. Crowley
April 12, 2007
Of Lexington, Mass. Mr. Crowley is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons; a daughter; a sister; a nephew; and two nieces.
John D. Drummey
May 20, 2007
At the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, at 81. Active during his career in the advertising and public relations fields, Mr. Drummey had worked for several organizations following graduation, including General Electric, the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts; the creative director of the deGarmo-Boston Ad Agency, Mr. Drummey had also held the post of assistant to the city manager of Cambridge, Mass. Founding Boston magazine in 1963 for Cahners Publishing, he had been an acting publisher there and author of the column “The Observant Bostonian”; his involvement in the radio industry included a brief tenure as a talk show host for the station WMEX. In addition, Mr. Drummey had been a professional cartoonist—his drawings appeared in various publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. Chairman of the Caricaturists Collaborative, he had illustrated six books and compiled his own collection, titled Drums along the Mystic. At Holy Cross, Mr. Drummey had been involved with the publication of the Purple Patcher, the Tomahawk and the Purple—as well as active in debate. A decorated veteran of World War II—having served with the Naval and Marine Amphibious forces in the Pacific Theater—he had also been a retired lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts State Guard and a military aide to the state’s former governors, Edward J. King and Francis W. Sargent; in addition, Mr. Drummey had been a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. In 1992, he wrote the book, titled Dry Run: Letters on Solo Alcoholic Recovery. Mr. Drummey is survived by his wife, Carol; a son; a daughter; a grandson; a sister-in-law; a nephew; two nieces; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.
Edward W. Foster
May 2, 2007
In Newton (Mass.)-Wellesley Hospital, at 78. During his career, Mr. Foster had practiced law for more than 54 years; he retired from his Waltham, Mass., firm, Foster & Foster, in December 2005. Elected in 1951 to the Waltham City Council, Mr. Foster had served two terms as Ward 3 Councilor. His professional and community involvement included serving as a past president of the Waltham, Weston and Watertown Bar Association; director for six years of the Waltham Chamber of Commerce; and manager in the Waltham Little League. A member of the Board of Fellows for his alma mater Boston College Law School, Mr. Foster had been a past president of both the Holy Name Society and the Parish Finance Committee of St. Mary’s Parish in Waltham. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean; three daughters, including Helen M. Monahan ’88; two stepsons; five stepdaughters; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and a cousin.
Edward J. O’Donoghue
June 29, 2007
In Denver, at 86. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Mr. O’Donoghue had been self-employed as a public accountant for many years; at the start of his career, he had worked in the finance department of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. During World War II, Mr. O’Donoghue had served as a second lieutenant with the Army Air Corps, from 1943-45. A member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1939-40, he was later active in the CCC alumni organization, for which he had held the post of treasurer; Mr. O’Donoghue’s interests included philately. He is survived by his wife, Irene; three sons; three daughters; two sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; a brother; two sisters; a brother-in-law; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; grandnephews and grandnieces; and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.
Walter J. Wall Jr.
July 5, 2007
In St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass., at 83. A union steward for the Boston cargo division of Pan American Airlines during his career, Mr. Wall later worked for Catholic Charities in Worcester, prior to his retirement. He had been a member of Blessed Sacrament Church also, in Worcester. During World War II, Mr. Wall served with the Army in Italy. He is survived by a sister; a nephew; two nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces.
Henry J. Blais III
June 2, 2007
At his home in Cumberland, R.I., at 80. An attorney for more than 50 years, Mr. Blais had been a senior partner in the Pawtucket, R.I., law firm of Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester. Active in community affairs, he had been the secretary of the board of trustees of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island; a director of the former Blackstone Valley Electric Company; and, also, director of the former Pawtucket Institution for Savings. Mr. Blais was a Navy veteran of World War II. He had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. Mr. Blais is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son; two daughters, including Elise B. Geddes ’77; a stepson; a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two sisters; and several nephews and nieces. His father was the late Henry J. Jr. ’15.
James J. Conway Jr.
May 6, 2007
In New York, at 78. During his career, Mr. Conway had been a banker and an attorney, most recently serving 14 years as the chairman and chief executive officer of the Long Island Savings Bank; he retired in 1992. An accomplished athlete in baseball, basketball and golf, Mr. Conway had also had a longtime interest in horse racing, owning or part owning many trotters and thoroughbreds. He is survived by his wife, Dolores “Dee”; three sons; two daughters; two sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; a sister; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; and 18 grandchildren.
Paul H. Martin, M.D.
Aug. 3, 2007
In St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass., at 82. During his career, Dr. Martin had been an internist and rheumatologist at St. Vincent Hospital and founder of its arthritis clinic. Involved in the construction of the Vernon Medical Center in Worcester—where he had maintained a medical practice for 35 years—Dr. Martin had served four years as administrator of the center at the time of his death. Following his retirement from the practice of medicine in 1993, he earned his master’s degree in science and theology at Assumption College—and, through a grant from the John Templeton Institute for Science, taught at both Assumption and Anna Maria colleges. Dr. Martin’s interests included travel, reading and the opera; a wine enthusiast, he had been a member of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and Les Chaires de Rôtisserie. An Army veteran, Dr. Martin had been stationed at the Panama Canal during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons; two daughters; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; two stepdaughters and their husbands; two grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
David D. O’Connor
Aug. 3, 2007
At his home in Stamford, Conn., at 80. During his career, Mr. O’Connor had worked for the FBI, serving 28 years as a special agent; he had been a member of the Society of the Former Agents of the FBI. An Army veteran, Mr. O’Connor had served in the Philippines during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Anne; six daughters, including Elizabeth A. ’78; five sons-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Francis P. O’Connor
Aug. 3, 2007
In Worcester, at 79. During his career, Mr. O’Connor had served 16 years as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to his appointment in 1981 by former Gov. Edward J. King, he had been a member of the court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Mental Health Legal Advisory Committee; during his tenure on the bench, Mr. O’Connor had been a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Substance Abuse Project Task Force—its chairman, from 1992-95, and honorary chairman until the time of his death. Appointed a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1976 by former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, he had served five years in this capacity. From 1954-76, Mr. O’Connor had practiced law with the Boston firm Friedman, Atherton, Sisson & Kozol and the Worcester firms Mason, Crotty, Dunn & O’Connor, and Wolfson, Moynihan, Dodson & O’Connor. A 1953 graduate of Boston College Law School, he had been the law clerk for Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Raymond S. Wilkins, from 1953-54. The recipient of the St. Thomas More Award from both the St. Thomas More Society of Worcester and the Boston College Law School Alumni Association, Mr. O’Connor had received an honorary doctor of law degree from the New England and Suffolk University schools of law. A resident of Shrewsbury, Mass., since 1962, he had been the chairman of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals and the Coolidge School Building Committee—as well as an elected Town Meeting member. A longtime, active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Shrewsbury, Mr. O’Connor had served the Diocese of Worcester in several capacities during the 1960s and 1970s, including chairman of the Family Life Apostolate within the Diocesan Council. He had been a founding member of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. An Army veteran, Mr. O’Connor had served two years in the occupation of Korea following World War II. His interests included tennis, gardening and camping. Mr. O’Connor is survived by his wife, Ann; four sons; six daughters, including Joyce O’Connor Davidson, coordinator, development communication at Holy Cross; six sons-in-law; four daughters-in-law; a sister; and 30 grandchildren.
John J. O’Connor
May 4, 2007
Of Grafton, Mass., at 83. Prior to his retirement in 1981, Mr. O’Connor had worked 26 years for the CIA. A World War II veteran, he had served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Mr. O’Connor had been a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in North Grafton. He is survived by a brother; two sisters; a sister-in-law; two nephews; two nieces; two grandnephews; and two grandnieces.
Paul F. Sheehan
March 15, 2007
Of Hollywood, Fla., at 79. During his career, Mr. Sheehan had been involved for many years in the thoroughbred racing industry, in South Florida and New England. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. Mr. Sheehan is survived by his wife, Marie; a son, a daughter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; three sisters; and three granddaughters.