SCOTIA – Frank C. O’Connor, Jr., 83, spouse of Marian A. Wemple, died peacefully with his loving family present on December 11, 2013 at Ellis Hospital.
Born April 1, 1930 in Albany, NY to Frank C. O’Connor, Sr. and Essie (Kearney) O’Connor, Frank graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Albany and from Christian Brother’s Academy in the class of 1948. Following graduation he attended Siena College and then graduated from Renouard College of Embalming in NYC. He was a licensed funeral director and operated the O’Connor Funeral Home in Albany with his father Frank, Sr. for many years. He also worked for NY Central Railroad and was superintendent at Park View Cemetery Association, Schenectady.
He and Marian were married on September 23, 1950 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany. He is survived by six children and their spouses, Kathleen M. Ryan (Frank), Deborah Ann Marino (Robert), Frank C. O’Connor III (Carol Kirk), Judith M. Dixon (James), Thomas J. O’Connor (Kimberly Usas) and Joseph P. O’Connor (Margaret Janeski). He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two sisters, Jane Cioffi and Sally Horan.
Frank enjoyed participating in family events and community activities. He was a former President of the Schenectady Lions Club, a former Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Baptist Church, Schenectady and Coach for Westland Hills Little League. Frank enjoyed golf and bowling and being a lifelong member of the BPOE (Elks Lodge 2480). He was also an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees and University of Notre Dame athletic teams. He was communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Scotia. Above all he loved his family and spending time with them.
The family would like to express gratitude and thanks to the doctors, nursing staff and pastoral care team at Ellis Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness.
Friends may call today, December 13, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Avenue, Albany, New York. Additional viewing hours at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 2nd Street, Scotia will be on December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at St. Joseph’s at 10:00 AM. Burial will occur at Park Cemetery, Scotia, New York in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to St. Joseph’s Church, Scotia, The Lions Club and Albany Twilight Baseball League. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Vicki Scialabba Saffin
Marian & family, I am so saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. I know how much he meant to my Dad and I know how my Dad’s passing affected him. I still find it hard to believe that my Dad is gone and now his best friend. We can all find comfort in knowing they are both in a better place and I hope they will find peace with each other. May he rest in peace.
Vicki (Scialabba) Saffin & Ron Saffin
Frank, Michele, and Courtney Ciervo
Judy, Jim, Bethany and Steve,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Frank, Michele and Courtney
Hi Deb and Bob,
We are so sorry for your loss
Please know that you are in our prayers.
Judy and Jeff
Paul K. Flavin
Frank, Joe, Tom – I just learned of your Dad’s passing. I am so sorry for your Mom’s, your sisters’, and your loss and how heavy your hearts must be. If possible, your Dad was a bigger “hot ticket” than you guys. Let all the wonderful, loving memories lighten your hearts. I wanted to pass on a poem that gave me comfort at the passing of my Dad and my brother Jim – perhaps it may do the same for you – Godspeed:
Death is nothing at all.
it does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together
is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other –
that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name –
speak of me in the easy way you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was –
Let it be spoken without effort.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near –
– just around the corner –
All is well, nothing is hurt, nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we will laugh at the trouble of parting
when we meet again!
To the entire O’Connor family ~
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathies. May the love of your wonderful family, and
friends comfort you during this difficult time.
All our love,