Joseph O'Connor died Sept. 5. He was 78.

Mr. O'Connor was born May 14, 1934, in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Hall High School in 1952 and from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in 1956. He married Joan Dolores Keyes in 1956. He served as a United States Air Force Captain stationed in Alaska from 1957-‘59 and then served in the active reserves through 1963. After being discharged from the Air Force, he began working at American Coal, which later became Automatic Comfort, eventually working as the firm's general manager.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his five children, Allan, Carol Lee, John, Michael and Thomas; and his five grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at St Patrick Church, in Canby, followed by a luncheon at the church. Memorial donations can be made to St. Patrick’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.