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O'CONNOR EDWARD LEWIS
EDWARD LEWIS O’CONNOR
Edward O’Connor passed away peacefully on January 21, 2011,
in Carlisle, PA. Born
on January 3, 1922, in Langhorne, PA, to
the late Ottilie (Steeble) and George G. O’Connor, he grew up in Jenkintown, PA, graduating from Jenkintown High School and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Nautical School, aboard the U.S.S. Annapolis, and also a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy. He served in the Navy as a Full Lieutenant in World War II in the Pacific and again during the Korean War attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
After World War II, he moved to Cleveland, OH, where he met and married his wife, Barbara, sharing more than 55 years of happiness. Most of their lives were spent in Chagrin Falls, OH. He worked for Cleveland-based Oglebay Norton Company as Personnel Director until his retirement. Active in the community, he served on the Chagrin Falls Council for many years and was Chairman of the Zoning and Planning Commission. In the 1950's he also worked for the Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee and took part in the 1957 inauguration of Dwight Eisenhower. Among his many interests were sailing, gardening, golf, travel, and woodworking. In retirement, he built a workshop where he crafted wooden children's toys, including the recreation of an antique British train and unique wooden decorative objects, which were carried at The Sassy Cat in Chagrin.
He was a man of integrity whose life centered around his family, particularly enjoying the recent births of two great grandsons. He will be missed by his family and the many friends whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Chapman) O'Connor. He is survived by his daughters; Carol A. Nelson of Newtown, PA, and Joanne L. Gingrich of Carlisle, PA; as well as their husbands, W. Thomas Nelson and Philip L. Gingrich; four granddaughters; and two great grandsons. He is also survived by his sister, Anne M. O’Connor, of Cleveland, OH.
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