The heart that is generous and kind most resembles God. Jerry O'Connor's lifetime of service to his family, his church and country will remain his legacy.
He died peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2017 at his home in Malden. He was 73.
Jeremiah Vincent O'Connor was born on July 19, 1944 in Boston a son of the late Patrick J. and Mary C. (Tobin) O'Connor. He was raised and educated in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
He honorably served his country as a medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Jerry worked as an attorney for the Boston Municipal Juvenile Court System for many years before retiring.
Jerry was a familiar face and active member of Saint Cecilia's Parish in Back Bay where he served as greeter and usher faithfully each Sunday. He was also a longtime member and volunteer at the former Jesuit Urban Center on Harrison Avenue in the South End. Active as well in the National Scoliosis Foundation Jerry was involved in numerous political campaigns, charitable organizations and fundraisers throughout the City of Boston. He loved time spent with his family, friends and members of his parish, a good discussion about current events and politics, and will be remembered for this great sense of humor and witty comments.
In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brother, Patrick J. O'Connor and his niece, Karin Murphy.
He leaves his twin sister, Catherine M. Murphy and her husband, William J. Murphy of Quincy; his nieces & nephews, Andrea Keane, Sheila Chamberlain, Shawn Murphy, Maureen Murphy Narbonne, Christopher O'Connor, all of Quincy, Thomas O'Connor of Norwell, Judy O'Connor of Quincy; many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Jerry's life by gathering for calling hours in The Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester on Thursday, November 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mission Church, 1545 Tremont Street, Mission Hill at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's memory may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.