Robert F. O’Connor, 89, St. Lawrence Park Road, Alexandria Bay, died Friday morning at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Syracuse where he had been a patient since Wednesday, October 26th.
Bob was born on January 31, 1927, in Syracuse, NY, the son of John E. and Ada Norris O’Connor. He graduated from Watertown High School and served in the United States Navy during WWII. Bob graduated from St. Michaels College in Winooski, VT. and then continued his education at SUNY Albany. He married L. DeVerde Foley on June 25, 1949 at Watertown Holy Family Church.
Bob was a business teacher at Alexandria Central School for 30 years retiring in 1981. He also worked during the summer season as an Inspector for the U.S. Immigration Service on Wellesley Island for 17 years. Upon retirement from teaching he then worked for Uncle Sam Boat Tours as a tour boat captain for 13 years
Bob was a member of the America Legion and a communicant at St. Cyril’s Church. He was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying tennis, swimming, boating, and snow skiing. For many years he taught youth tennis and swimming and coached high school basketball in Alexandria Bay.
Bob is survived by his wife DeVerde, three daughters and their husbands, Terry and George Dobbins, Kathy and James R. Miller, and Roberta “Boots” and Michael John Cavallario, all of Alexandria Bay, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A brother, Norris O’Connor, predeceased him in 1930.
A mass will be held on Monday October 31st at 11:00 am at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Alexandria Bay. There will be a private burial at Calvary Cemetery in Watertown at a later date.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alexandria Bay Rescue Squad.