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Alfred T. O’Connor

April 22nd, 2020

Alfred T. O’Connor of Wilmington. Age 89, passed away April 22, 2020, at Care One in Wilmington, MA. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, and their son, Thomas M. O’Connor.

He was a devoted husband for 63 years and took excellent care of Janet as her health failed. He loved his son, Tom and was a proud Papa to his beloved grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron and delighted in seeing them and attending their activities.

Alfred had a big personality and enjoyed life. He was a character, and a jokester, but was also kind and giving.

As a young man, he and his family worked summers at the Mount Washington Hotel, where he was a soda jerk making ice cream sundaes and shakes and later on working at a horse ranch, grooming and walking horses. He was a member of the Charlestown High hockey team. He served in the National Guard and, while there, learned to fly a plane. He later purchased a plane with his brother Chuck and flew out of the TewMac airport in Tewksbury. Most of his adult life, he worked in insurance, eventually retiring as a Vice President.

Alfred was a founding member of the Father Edmund W. Croke Council No. 4982 of the Knights of Columbus and recently was awarded with the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was very active in the Knights where he achieved the ranks of 4th degree, Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator and District Deputy. He officiated at the degree ceremonies and prided himself in memorizing his parts. He was a member of St Thomas of Villanova parish and was a CCD teacher for many years.

He loved gardening, flying, golfing, and puttering around his pine grove. He could sit for hours listening to the Red Sox or Patriots as he gazed at the sun shining over his pines. He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing Frank Sinatra’s “I Did it My Way” and as a nod to his Humble Al nickname “I’m Just too Good to Be True.”

He was predeceased by his mother Margaret, father Charles Sr., sisters, Marjorie Hemenway and Marion Tremont, brothers, Charles, Herbert, James and Roderick O’Connor, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Albert Salera.

He leaves his grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron O’Connor and his daughter-in-law, Michelle O’Connor of Marshfield, MA. His niece Diane Clifton and her husband, James, of Wilmington and his nephew David Salera and his wife, Lori of Nottingham, NH, his sister-in-law Jayne O’Connor, and many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred’s memory can be made to the Knights of Columbus Father Edmund W. Croke Council No. 4982, PO Box 368, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Due to the current situation with the Corona virus and for the safety of everyone, the O’Connor family has decided to hold a private service at this time. A Memorial Mass for Alfred will be held at a later date; please follow our website for updated information at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

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15 Entries in Guest Book for “Alfred T. O’Connor”

  1. Nancy Matulewicz says:

    Al was such a nice friendly man. Always a big hello. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

  2. Kevin & Maria Doherty says:

    To Al’s Family,

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Al served his country in the National Guard, loved his God and his Family.
    He was especially proud of his grandchildren Alyssa and Camron, and the young adults they were becoming.

    Once you met Al, you had a friend for life. He was a “Gentleman in very sense of the word” He took his wedding vows seriously in caring for his beloved Janet, until he was no longer able to do it himself.

    I am a better person for knowing him, and for being a friend of his.
    Whenever his name will be mentioned in the future a smile will come upon my face.
    Until we meet again, Rest In Peace, My Friend

    Kevin

  3. Christa Hurley says:

    Al will never be forgotten. His kind smile and beautiful blues eyes that always made everyone so welcome in his presence. A devoted husband always keeping his wife warm in a blanket with a hot chocolate watching Cam’s hockey games. He was always a true gentleman even holding the door open for the opposing team. Every time we would see that prideful blue veterans jacket enter the door we would know we were in for a treat. God speed Alfred. Get that overdue hug from Tom and your beautiful wife.

  4. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened at the passing of Al. We used to see Al at St Thomas Church at the 9:00am Mass. He was a great person and hope he is in the hands of God and we offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  5. Mary Lou Ferraro says:

    Al was my favorite buddy whether at St. T, casino trips, buying him camels or dropping off his favorite chicken noodle soup. Rest In Peace my friend and pray for all of us

  6. Mike Champoux says:

    Al was a mentor and friend to me. I valued his rich experience and inimitable way of sharing it. He always took the time to ask about my wife, parents and kids, and always by name. The world is not as good a place today without him in it. God bless his family. Vivat Jesus brother O’Connor. Peace

  7. Penni Dudley says:

    I worked with Al at Utica National Ins. he was a jokester always made us laugh and was the life of the Christmas parties. He made nicknames for some of us, mine was Penelope. Al you were one of kind, celebrate with Janet and Tim.

  8. Larffarello Family says:

    We’ve been neighbors with Al and Janet for the past 20 years, we will ALL miss your laugh and your humor ???? go in peace my friend and reunite your beloved family. Have a cup of tea for me with Janet and Tom. ????????????

  9. Ken Lydon says:

    I have so many fond memories of Al with a K of C flavor. I have gone to many State Conventions with Al. We would go into the lobby of the hotel and everyone and I mean everyone at the convention that we’re in the lobby knew Al. They would be asking him when are you coming back to Palmer when are you coming to Chicopee we still have some Shlitz in the fridge for you and introduce himself to everyoneAnd he would address them as you sir how are and on down the line. He could not remember everyone’s name so we are dressed everyone as you sir and he truly was beloved throughout the state

  10. Sal and Leslie Spatola says:

    Words cannot say how sorry it was to hear of Alfred’s passing today. Alfred and Janet were very close neighbors for many years. You always knew Alfred was outside when you heard him singing or whistling. The O’Conners and Salera families became our family and we had many happy times together in Nottingham, NH. We will remember those happy days with them and treasure those memories. Alfred always was smiling and always there to help if you needed. He was a great, sincere and honest man. Our sincere sympathies and prayers are with his grieving family.

  11. Maureen Taylor says:

    I’ll remember “humble” AL for his quick wit, and devotion to his family, church,& the Knights of Columbus. He was SO proud of his grandchildren Alyssa & Camron. He doted on his beloved Janet, & took such good care of her in her later years. May you Rest In Peace Al, with our Lord, Janet & Tom.

  12. Richard Sweeney says:

    I will miss Al, his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, his never ending kindness. He was on the degree team for every degree I took in the K of C, a great Mentor as I followed through the ranks. To know him was one of thegreatest honors of my life. He will be missed by all who knew him. But, I am comforted knowing he is now at Home with God, Janet and his son, Thomas. God bless and keep him.

  13. Janice Quandt says:

    to Al’s family I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I knew him and his wife for quite a few years and they were a wonderful couple. He was so entertaining and a very happy person, making a bad situation good. Rest in peace Al.

  14. stanley kovalski says:

    I AM AWFUL SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. AL WAS ALWAYS VERY FRIENDLY. I NEW AL WHEN I WAS A DISTRICT DEPUTY AND WHEN I HAD HIS COUNCIL.
    MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

  15. Chuck Lane says:

    Al was a great friend of the Andover Knights of Columbus, helping with many degrees and attending events like our Brotherhood Nights. He was fun to be with and always supportive. When Al was coming, we knew to get Schlitz, so we did not disappoint a guy who helped us regularly. Humble Al was a friend to many and we remember him with great regard…May God Bless him…

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