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John B. O'Connor, 77

September 28, 2012

John B. O'Connor, 77, of New Castle, passed away the morning of Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 21, 1935, in West Springfield, Mass., a son of the late John B. and Lucy Nalwalk O'Connor.

He was a 1953 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Western New England College in West Springfield, Mass. with a B.S. degree in engineering.

He was first employed at Monsanto Corp. and then at Pratt Whitney Corp. in Massachusetts.

He moved to New Castle with his family in 1972, after gaining employment with Universal Rundle Corp., where he retired as the manager of research and development in the fiberglass division.

Following his retirement, he continued to work as an independent consultant in his field for several other companies.

John was a member of Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, St. Mary's Church since moving to New Castle and was an active volunteer at his parish for numerous activities, including weekly bingo.

He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus New Castle Council 512, where he served as Grand Knight and was a member of the 4th Degree of the Villa Maria Assembly, where he served as Faithful Navigator.

John also served as a State District Deputy in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the Third and Fourth Degree Teams and served as a Conferring Officer for the Fourth Degree.

He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, being a season ticket holder for many years.

Most of all, John enjoyed being with his family and friends.

John married his high school sweetheart, the former Patricia E. Scanlon, on June 16, 1956, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 2005.

Surviving relatives include three daughters, Maureen O'Connor of New Wilmington, Kathleen (Marty) McGonigle of New Castle and Christine O'Connor of New Castle; four sons, Timothy (Marie) O'Connor of Punxsutawney, Kevin (Amy) O'Connor of Sterling, Va., Terry (Kim) O'Connor of Gibsonton, Fla., and Patrick (Paula) O'Connor of New Castle; 10 grandchildren, Sarah, Rebekah, Racheal and Danny O'Connor, Katie and Marty McGonigle, Hal and John Tucker and P.J. and Claire O'Connor.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, William O'Connor; and a sister, Sr. Ruth O'Connor, SSJ.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.

A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Monday for St. Mary’s Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Frank D. Almade.

John will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, next to his wife, Patricia.

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