O’CONNOR, William J., 90, of Springfield, passed away September 29, 2019 at Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born November 30, 1928 in Lima, Ohio the son of William B. and Martha E. (Gerdeman) O’Connor. Bill was a United States Air Force veteran having served in the Koran Conflict. He was the Sr. Vice President for Credit Life Insurance Company for 28 years retiring in 1988. He founded the Matt Talbot House in 1994. The Matt Talbot House is a non profit corporation that provides an alcohol and drug free living environment for chemically dependent men. It is likewise accredited by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services to provide outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. He also served as a board member for the National Council for Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; one son, Terence O’Connor, Springfield; five grandchildren, Kellie, Kacie, Kathleen, Maura and Nichole; four great grandchildren, Kaydence, Spencer, Kenleigh and Keegan Patrick; a daughter-in-law, Candyce O’Connor and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons, Brian, Timothy and Mark O’Connor and two sisters Mary Jo Norton and Martha Jean O’Connell. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday in St. Teresa Catholic Church with Fr. Shawn Landenwitch officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The Matt Talbot House, Inc.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of cousin, Bill. He was always a joy to chat with, maintaining a positive outlook on life in spite of losses of his sons. He will be remembered fondly. May fond memories help his family in the days ahead.
Tom and Susie Gerdeman Snyder
- Tom and Susie Gerdeman Snyder
, Wednesday October 2nd, 2019
Bill was such a vibrant, positive man. His smiles and hugs were contagious. Despite the challenges and deep losses he has weathered, Bill remained upbeat and strong. When his lovely wife, Pat, introduced him to us, it was evident they made each other so happy together. The O’Connor family must be so
proud of this wonderful man. May his service heart touch each of you. Wishing you peace during this difficult time,
- Deb Ellis
, Tuesday October 1st, 2019
There are not enough words for me to express what Bill meant to me. I have know Bill since 1996, and there is no finer person ever. I served with Bill with the Matt Talbot house. Bill was a true giver without taking anything in return, and he was an inspiration to me, and others. I will miss my friend, but I know I will see him again someday. My deepest sympathy for all his family.
- Robert Dwyer
, Monday September 30th, 2019