2013-10-10 / Obituaries

Francis J. “Chuck” O’Connor

Francis J. “Chuck” O’Connor, 89, of Narragansett, passed away Oct. 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Muriel (Maher) O’Connor for 63 years.

Born in Lorain, Ohio, he was a son of the late Francis J. and Mary A. (McDermott) O’Connor. He was raised and educated in Jamestown and Newport. He completed his education post-WWII as he left school at the age of 16 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving in the European and Pacific arena aboard the USS Argus. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Mr. O’Connor was a police officer for the Jamestown Police Department and served with the Providence Police Department and detective bureau with special certification from the FBI before retiring. After his retirement, he worked as a private investigator for First Data Resource.

He was an avid reader, enjoyed playing golf and was a fan of the New England Patriots and the N.Y. Yankees – much to his father’s chagrin.

A man of strong faith, he was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, past president of the North Providence Shamrock Society. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He was a wonderful husband, friend and the best “Uncle Chuck” his nieces and nephews could ever have. He was always there for his family and how he lived was an example to all. He could always be counted on for support and guidance.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 11 nieces and nephews, Margaret (Falsey) Brillante of Wallingford, Conn., Eileen (Falsey) Jenetopulos of Guilford, Conn., Fran Falsey of Jamestown, Howard Finn of Townsend, Mass., Mary (Mickey) Finn-Jordan of Smithfield, Frank Finn of Scituate, John Finn of North Haverhill, N.H., Joan (McCormick) Scopel, Patty (McCormick) Richard and Bobby McCormick of Warwick, and Bill McCormick of Cambridge, Mass. He is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many good friends and neighbors. He will also be missed by Daisy, who looked forward to her visits with Uncle Chuck.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jeffrey Bandola and all the caregivers and staff at the Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. They are second to none.

His funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 8:45 at a.m. from the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 864 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. Burial with military honors will be in R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor.

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