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Obituary: Thomas E (Tom) O’Connor, Jr., 83

Aug 30, 2018 06:19AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Thomas E (Tom) O’Connor, Jr.

Thomas E (Tom) O’Connor, Jr., of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Dracut, passed away on August 27, 2018 at Saints/LGH Hospital in Lowell, Mass surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on September 3, 1934 in Lowell, Mass. He was the son of Thomas E O’Connor and Margaret Mary O’Connor. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and Lowell High School.

Tom answered his country’s call and joined the US Navy during the Korean War. After serving his country for four years he returned to Lowell and met and married his beloved wife Marlene Doherty. They were married on September 8, 1957 in Methuen, Mass. They would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on September 8, 2018. 

Tom was a licensed Massachusetts Journeyman Plumber and Master Pipefitter. He retired from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections as Facilities Manager. He served the Town of Dracut as Plumbing Inspector for many years along with serving on many Town committees.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Marlene (Doherty) and four children. Michael (wife Karen) of Allenstown, NH, Patrick of Nashua, NH, Colleen (husband Allan) Decker of Dracut Mass and Lisa (wife Jennifer) of Nashua, NH. Tom is also survived by one sister, Judith (husband Dan) Hogan, Nashua, NH. 

Tom leaves six grandchildren and one great grandson. Shannon Kirley(Bob), Kathleen O’Connor, Molly O’Connor, Brittany Decker, Alec O’Connor, USAir Force and Andrew O’Connor, US Army and greatgrandson Colin Kirley. Tom is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and two special brothers-in-law, Ken and Dick Doherty and sister-in-law Barbara Pearson. 

Tom was an active member of the Dracut Lions Club and was a faithful fundraiser for this organization. He and Marlene spent time in Aruba escaping the harsh winters of New England both during and after retirement. Tom’s great Irish humor and love of Irish music will be missed by all who love him. His love and respect for US Veterans, the New England Patriots and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are legend in his family.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, August 31st, from 10 to 11AM in St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Rd., Dracut followed by his Funeral Mass to be Celebrated at 11AM in the church. His burial to follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chelmsford, Ma. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his Tom's memory to: Disabled American Veteran's Organization or American Service Dog's Organization. To leave an online condolence, story or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under “Dracut Funeral Home.”
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