The late James O'Connor
THE DEATH has occurred of James O'Connor, Glasthule, Dublin, late of Cleary's & Co. and formerly of Tralee. James, who passed away on Wednesday, January 9, had resided in Dublin for over 70 years, but his family had strong Tralee connections, his late father having been Town Clerk. Aged 86, James was born on July 11, 1926 and received his education in the local Christian Brothers School, in Edward Street.
James, who was buried in Rath Cemetery, Tralee on January 11, was born in the town on July 11, 1926 and educated in the Christian Brothers' school in Edward Street.
When his father, who had been town clerk in Tralee, died, the family moved to Dublin where James lived for over 70 years. In all that time, he remained committed to Kerry and its people.
James worked in the shoe department of Clerys for over 40 years before taking early retirement in 1989.
Virtually all of his spare time was devoted to voluntary work. He was a steward in Croke Park for many years. However, he was mainly involved with church-related activities. He was a Eucharistic Minister in Dun Laoghaire Church, assisted as a collector in several churches, was a member of both the Legion of Mary and the St. Vincent de Paul and, for many years, participated in the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
James was ill for much of 2012 and died on January 6 in the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Residence in Sybil Hill, Raheny.
He was pre-deceased by his sisters, Kitty and Eileen, and his brothers Michael, Sean, Patrick and Fr. Maurice, an Augustinian who ministered in Australia for over 50 years.
His funeral Mass was in St. Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday, January 10 and was concelebrated by 13 priests and a bishop led by Monsignor Dan O'Connor, P.P. Monsignor O'Connor also celebrated Mass in St. John's, Tralee, on Friday, January 11 prior to burial in Rath Cemetery.
James was a friendly and pleasant man and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.