James Edward O’Connor
Mar 26, 1941Jan 31, 2019
On January 31 James O’Connor, passed away at the age of 77. Jim grew up in the inner city of Chicago, attending his first Cubs game in 1947. He remained a die-hard Cubs fan, even though he despised night games at Wrigley. He attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where he obtained degrees in theology and philosophy and met his wife Mary Ann.
After a brief stint in the Army, he worked in banking, managing numerous departments, and was the project manager on large bank mergers throughout his career. At the time of his retirement, he was a Senior Vice President of Bank of America. An active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church for over 30 years, Jim spent his retirement managing projects for churches and other nonprofits and especially enjoyed helping the impoverished in southwest Virginia.
James was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann; and parents, Edward and Dolores. He is survived by his five children, Beth (Jim), Jim (Shannon), Chris (Tammi), Mike (Mandy) and Ann (Brad); eleven grandchildren; and sister, Maureen (Jim).
Services are pending.
My sincere sympathy to Jim’s family. May the cherished memories you have be a consolation to you as you grieve for him. Jane Gibbs
I worked with Jim at First & Merchants thru Bank of America, and found him to a sincere friend and associate. I remember him with appreciation for his work ethic and outgoing personality. He was a true friend. My condolences to the family ; he will truely be missed and well remembered.
My husband Dwight and I worked with Jim at First and Merchants through Bank of America. He stood out both personally and professionally. It always brightened my day to talk with him, if only for a few minutes. A constant with Jim was the love and pride he had for Mary Ann, his children, and grandchildren. A hallmark of his personality was his sense of humor. It was always spot on. Heaven is now a happier place.