Charles L. O’Connor

February 11th, 2012
Charles L. O’Connor, Jr., age 89, a long-time resident of Newton, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Charles was born in Boston, MA on October 6, 1922, he was the beloved son of the late Margaret M. (Friel) and Charles L. O’Connor, Sr.. Charles grew up in Hyde Park and was a graduated of Hyde Park High School. He was the eldest of seven siblings and was a very responsible young man, always caring for and watching out for his younger siblings.
Following graduation, Charles was inducted into the United States Army on March 9, 1943, he was part of the 139thAirborne Engineer Battalion, 17thAirborne Division, serving all over Central Europe. Charles received several commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on February 7, 1946.
When Charles returned home, he enrolled in Portia Law School also known as New England School of Law in Boston, where he excelled in his studies. Charles had a real “thirst” for education, he studied avionics, electronics, physics, chemistry, and was a History buff. He was extremely intelligent, always well read and well versed.
Charles was an aviation enthusiast, he belonged to the Air Craft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Air Craft Association, and was a licensed private pilot. In his younger years he and his brother had a plane that they use to enjoy flying out of Tew Mac Airport in Tewksbury.
Charles was also very athletic, some of Charles favorite past times were skating and playing hockey, he was an avid skater as a kid and played hockey for Hyde Park High School all four years where he was fondly known as “Moe” to his fellow athletes. Charles was also an active skater for the Greater Boston Industrial Hockey Team and was the oldest member when he “retired” from hockey. Charles was a member of the Boston Skating Club for many years and a talented “Ice Dancer”.
Charles was also an avid golfer and never missed a chance to get out on the course with his friends.
Charles will be remembered as a quiet and simple guy, he will be missed.
Charles was the dear brother of Herbert F. O’Connor of Palmyra, NJ, Alfred T. O’Connor & his wife Janet M. of Wilmington, MA, James R. O’Connor of Bennington, VT, Roderick J. O’Connor & his wife Jane Marie of Hamilton, MA, the late Marion C. Tremont, and Marjorie J. Hemenway. Charles is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, February 14th at 9:00 a.m.followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. Visiting hours Monday, February 13th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc.,P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or West Suburban YMCA,276 Church St., Newton, MA 02458.

4 Entries in Guest Book for “Charles L. O’Connor”

  1. Marty and Gari Glennon says:

    We have so many fond memories of Chuck and we send or sincere condolences to all the family. Many a time he was in our living room demonstrating the right way to putt or shoot a hockey puck. He knew a lot about everything, possessed many skills but could never get that Grand Piano back together at Marion’s house. He loved his secluded room in the basement of 100 Manomet and watching sports with Herbie. See you in heaven Chuck!

  2. Tom Walsh says:

    Al and Janet,
    We are so sorry to hear that your brother passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.
    Tom and Maureen Walsh

  3. Lisa Tremont says:

    I too have many fond memories of uncle Chuck and my condolences are with my uncles and cousins. Uncle Chuck taught me to drive a car and was my ice dance partner on Sunday Nights when I was a teenager – truly fond memories. He was a regular fixture at my mom’s house throughout my childhood. I can now picture him at home in heaven with my mom, aunt Marge, Nana O’Connor… ‘absent from the body, present with the Lord’! My heart is at peace knowing he is now truly home.

  4. Cheri Yamamoto says:

    It is sad to have spent a lifetime knowing Uncle Chuck as Marion’s brother and in reading his obituaray, discover I missed kinowing the person. It is proabably a generation thing, but I write to remind the family to take the time to get to know each other. What are your likes, dislikes, talents, accomplishments..share them, especially with the younger generation. Don’t wait for the obituary to introduce you. I love all of you and when we get to heaven, I intend on looking up uncle Chuck and talking story with him. I am sure there will be many hours of lively conversation to look forward to enjoying with him. Malama pono, Aloha oe Uncle Chuck.

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