O'Connor, Patrick James
Birth: Thursday, May 17, 1928 in Maude, Oklahoma
Residence: Valley Lee, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the age of 87
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in the St. George Catholic Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, Maryland
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Patrick James "Pat" O'Connor, 87, of Valley Lee, MD passed away May 11, 2016 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 17, 1928 in Maude, OK to the late Fredrick Charles O'Connor and Marie St. Cyr O'Connor. On July 12, 1944 Pat enlisted in the United States Army until his honorable discharge as an Aviation Machinists Mate Airman in April 1950.
On September 15, 1951, he married his beloved wife, Mary Jo Randolph "Babe", at Our Lady's Catholic Church Medleys Neck, in Leonardtown, MD. Together they celebrated over 64 wonderful years together.
For many years he enjoyed living on the water, crabbing, fishing and waterskiing. His other hobbies included hunting, flower and vegetable gardening, watching college basketball, cheering on the Washington Redskins and baseball. When his children were younger he coached their Little League teams for many years and he also enjoyed playing on the Tall Timbers men's league and the Patuxent River Bombers, a semi-pro team. While enjoying spending time outside, he especially loved spending his time with his family. Family gatherings were an integral part of his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. George Catholic Church.
In addition to his beloved wife, Pat is also survived by his children, Michael O'Connor (Peg) of Leonardtown, MD, Danny O'Connor (Donna) of Valley Lee, MD, Kathy Shiring (Joe) of Stevensville, MD, Kelly Cropp (Lance) of Mansfield, OH, Kevin O'Connor of Baltimore, MD, and Tim O'Connor (Nancy) of California, MD; his brother, Franklin "Bit" O'Connor (Billie) of Kingman, AZ; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his grandson, Sean O'Connor and his son-in-law, Hugh Shiring.
Family will receive friends on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Paul Nguyen at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church, 19199 St. George Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons Nathan Cropp, Colin O'Connor, Max O'Connor, Ray Gaskill, Harry Jackson and close friend Butch Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be son-in-law, Lance Cropp, and close friend, Gene Robey. Memorial contributions may be made to Second District Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 101, Valley Lee, MD 20692 and Second District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 101, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.