Obit: William J. O'Connor

William J. O'Connor, 75, of Greenport, N.Y., and Marco Island, Fla., died on Sept. 17 at Eastern Long Island Hospital, of complications from pulmonary disease.

Mr. O'Connor, a native of Queens, N.Y., earned his bachelor's degree from St. John's University and went on to receive a law degree from Fordham University. He also earned a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict in the early 1950s. He married Eileen Madden in 1954 and the couple soon began a family and moved to Syosset and then Woodbury, N.Y. Mr. O'Connor worked 10 years as an attorney in the law offices of Conboy, Hewitt, O'Brien & Boardman in New York. He spent the rest of his career in executive positions at Philip Morris, now the Altria Corporation. Eventually, he rose to the position of senior vice president, head of human resources.

He retired in 1987 and, thereafter, divided his time between homes in Southampton, N.Y., and Marco Island

Bill O'Connor was an active golfer and an amateur vocalist and piano player. He sang for many years in the choir at San Marco Catholic Church in Marco Island and enjoyed "sitting in" at music spots around Marco Island. He was an active member of the Southampton Golf Club, the Marco Island Yacht Club and the Island Club in Marco. He was also a member of the Knights of Malta.

Bill O'Connor was the beloved husband of the late Eileen O'Connor. He was the loving father of Kevin of Norfolk, Va.; Jeanne of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Carolyn Fortin of N. Reading, Mass.; William of Springfield, Va.; Cathy of Victor, Idaho; Thomas of Novato, Calif.; and Christy of New York, N.Y. He was the dear brother of Donald of Bernardsville, N.J. He was the cherished grandfather of seven.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O'Connell Funeral Home, 30 Little Plains Road in Southampton, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary RC Church in Southampton. Interment will take place at the Sacred Hearts RC Cemetery in Southampton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 400, Silver Spring, Md., 20910.

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