September 19, 1938 ~ March 19, 2019

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Centennial, Colorado

In loving memory of John O’Connor, husband, father, Papa, brother, cousin, friend, who passed away peacefully with family and loved ones near, on March 19, 2019, in his home in Centennial,CO. John was born Sept. 19, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Anne (nee Bennett), and his children: Kathleen(Gary), Kerry(Tim), Michael, William, Marybeth(Carl), Noreen, John(Grace), and his fifteen grandchildren.

Also by sister Eileen(Marty), brother Michael(Kay), his loving cousin Jerry(Eileen) Rafferty, and his O’Connor/ Barrett clans in Ireland, as well as a tapestry of dear friends far and wide.

Please leave condolences for the family below.

Services

Visitation: March 24, 2019 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


Visitation: March 25, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


Funeral Service: March 25, 2019 12:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


Reception: March 25, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122


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  1. A wonderful and good man, I have all good memories of my Uncle John. My prayers and thoughts for all of the great family that he and my Aunt Ann created and raised. He left quite a beautiful legacy of love here. Peace and love to him in heaven, he earned it. Love you Uncle John!

  2. Sending our love to the O’Connor family. May you be comforted by all of the happy memories shared. He will be missed.

  3. To a true personal friend that I will respect for ever and always remember the good times we had may you rest in peace you will always be in my heart
    JC

  4. All the love and support from the Dalton’s in Kinsale. It was such a pleasure to meet John in Ireland over Christmas. He will be sadly missed by all, but leaves a behind an amazing legacy and family to remember him by.
    Kind wishes, Brendan Dalton.

  5. With love and prayers for the entire O’Connor family. John O’Connor’s love for his wife, children and grandchildren will remain ever-present. Godspeed, Mr. O’Connor

  6. I worked for John at food brokers, inc. many years ago, when they were out near Stapleton in Denver. I would always bring him his beans and rice from Popeye’s Chicken when the ladies and I went out for fast food. Later, when NS Sales emerged, I was an assistant to John and thoroughly enjoyed working for him! He will definitely be missed!! Irish eyes are INDEED smiling up in Heaven!

  7. I only met John once durring his trip to Belgooly. A modest but funny and entertaining man. I greatly enjoyed his company. I’ve come know his son John well and value his friendship. My sympathies to the entire family. May John Snr Rest Peacefully.

  8. WON
    My deepest sympathies to the OConnor family on the passing of my dear friend John. I wish i had the right words just know I care

  9. To a true mentor and friend, he will be greatly missed, but his legacy lives on in his family and work. Best wishes and my condolences to the O’Connor clan.

  10. What a awesome individual Mr O was. Loved the mentoring he gave me on numerous occasions along with the array of stories. Anne and family I am sorry for your loss but what a great legacy you all have. The walds will be praying for you all.

  11. John was a wise mentor and amazingly genuine friend who I am grateful to have known. I will always cherish his lighthearted perspective, humor and of course storytelling. What a legacy of a life and family he’s provided to so many. Blessings to a wonderful man and light in the world.

  12. I know we didn’t see you often enough but you will not be forgotten Uncle John. God has another beautiful angel to watch over our family. May God bless Aunt Ann and all of your wonderful children and grandchildren.

  13. My sincerest condolences for the entire family. I have wonderful memories of John that I will cherish forever. He was always a joy to be around, wonderful to work with, and his infectious laugh makes me smile. He is truly a great man, husband, father, grandfather, friend, coworker, and now the brightest Angle in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. I have been honored to be able to say I had John in my life. He spoke his mind on a occasion when were together. To his dear family my condolences to all of you. I will cherish the memories I had with him.
    Jeff

    • I had the great pleasure of knowing John for many years, first as my broker partner and and then as a co-worker at Frontier Coop, all the whole a friend and mentor. My personal nickname for John was Yoda… for he embodied incredible wisdom, grit and tough-as-nails strength but always kind and gentle mannered… and lest we forget that mischievous twinkle in his eye. I will miss you John. My condolences to the entire O’Connor family. I send you all lots of warmth and love during this time. 🍀

  15. My sincere condolences to the O’Connor Family. John was such a pleasure to know. He was warm, welcoming, and a generous business associate always willing to share his knowledge and speak his mind. His deep devotion to his family was always apparent and he will be greatly missed by one and all who knew him.

  16. I am so very for the loss of your Father. When my Mother passed away someone near gave me this poem. Then, my Dad passed away and the words re-emerged in my heart and are never forgotten. Now I share them with you:

    Miss Me But Let Me Go
    Author Unknown

    When I come to the end of the road
    And the sun has set for me
    I want no rites in a gloom filled room.
    Why cry for a soul set free?
    Miss me a little, but not for long.
    And not with your head bowed low.
    Remember the love that once we shared.
    Miss me, but let me go.
    For this is a journey we all must take.
    And each must go alone.
    It’s all part of the master plan.
    A step on the road to home.
    When you are lonely and sick at heart
    Go to the friends we know.
    Laugh at all the things we used to do.

    Miss me, but let me go.

  17. Somehow at EXPO many years ago, John shared a story involving Anne and a baseball cap and their usage of that as a signal for when John would walk into the house and when she had it on, he would know not to say a word. One of the many wise things he passed along. 3 kids, a husband and a career. I get it now. And I have thought of that story many times and the sparkle in his eyes when he told it. What an amazing person and what a legacy he leaves in his wake. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this tender time of loss. I will always remember John O with a smile in my heart.

  18. RIP John O,
    And my condolences to the entire O’Connor clan. Just want everyone to know how Special he was. 25 years ago I was a 28 year old kid, owning my own a distribution business. John treated me as if I was the most important guy in the market. Ultimately I supported FBI immensely and was lucky enough to work along side John O, John G & Michael for a good dozen years – plus. John O became a father I never had in Colorado and it wasn’t only me. I will miss him dearly and my prayers go out to the entire O’Connor clan. Love all of you!

  19. Sending our love to the O’Connor family. May you be comforted by all of the happy memories shared. Love Irene O’Shea and all the O’ Shea .Belgooly 💕

  20. Sending our love to the O Connor family, it was a pleasure to meet John over the last couple of years in Dunmanway, he will be proudly missed here, from John,Nancy and extended family Kehilly Cooleenagow Dunmanway Co.Cork

  21. Such a wonderful human, mentor, connector and businessman. He had laughter in this eyes and care in his heart. Will be tremendously missed!
    My heart and condolences to John’s family and friends!

  22. It was so wonderful to see him again when he visited you in California last year. May his loving memories live on with your family forever.

  23. An awesome man and mentor who had a way of connecting with people. John had a story for every occasion that always made everyone smile and laugh. He was a light on this earth and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers to the wonderful O’Connor family.

  24. My deepest condolences to the O’Connor family during this difficult time. John Sr. was an incredible person with a heart of gold. One of the most genuine people I could ever work with. Whenever he was in our Chicago office, he always stopped by to say hello and ask how my kids were doing. He will truly be missed. May he Rest In Peace.

  25. Your spirit, your love, your stories, your incredible sense of humor will be missed . They live on in our beautiful memories and in the lives of your beautiful family. So blessed to have shared time with you and Anne and so grateful for your love.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire O’Connor clan…reast assured Mr O is holding court in heaven! Miss ya Mr!

  27. John O was a pioneer in the natural products industry who saw the potential a decade before most, but more importantly he was a great and decent man. We shared a number of good times over the years. One of my favorite John O memories was a time he wasn’t even present for. It was 2008 and Kathryn and I had just met our daughter in Galway while she was doing a gap-year in Bundoran. We were walking the streets wondering where the “good” places were, when it occurred to me that I knew how to find out. I called John and told him where we were – still the best use of a cell phone ever. He didn’t miss a beat and directed us to a great pub (King’s Head, maybe?) just down the street where we found a cozy booth and a good vibe. Near the end of the night two friendly young lads plopped themselves in our booth and started chatting us up, more interested in our daughter than anything else, I’m sure. Even when John wasn’t there he is there, just as he will be for everyone who knew him and for his family for generations to come.

  28. Missing one of our favourite people in the world John O’. His warmth, generosity of spirit, wit and sense of humour will always be remembered by us. To Ann and family whom we love so much, we offer our deepest sympathy and know that we are with you in spirit.xx

  29. Deepest sympathy to you Anne & family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Rest In Peace John

    Auntie Tessie and family
    New Ross
    Co Wexford
    🇮🇪

  30. In 1997 John and Anne brought their family to Ireland to meet their Irish cousins and they immediately captured our hearts. Over the next twenty years we shared so many wonderful journeys and adventures on both sides of the pond. Our hearts are heavy at John’s Passing. To Anne and Family our love and deepest sympathy.

  31. If I have to pick a most amazing memory…it wouldn’t actually involve John and Anne’s amazing and always open home in Naperville. It’s the time he and Anne recognized me – as an adult in SF at a company Xmas party at the best Italian resto in SF. What a surprise and coincidence and such a joy to see these lovely people from my life – always there in some amazing way! Thru their hospitality and ever a wink in the eye and of course thru their incredible family that just goes on and on! Grandchildren live in SF now and ya can’t help think that his life, light and legacy are like a vine ever growing and entangling with yours. Love to all the O’Connor’s and thank you for all you continue to share. 🍀🍀🍀

  32. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warmly upon your face. May the Devil know you are gone 5 minute after you enter the Pearly Gates.
    My friend, Yodi, of 40 years was a simple man. His friendship was absolute, period, no question. John O. taught me quite a bit about business and life but most imporatantly about life!

    To Anne and the Clan, what an incledibule life you got to share with a man that always gave that love that he received and more.

    God Bless, Kenny

  33. John O’Connor was truly a Prince of a man and always a great friend to anyone that ever knew him. He was kind, generous, fun, faithful, smart as hell and loved his friends and family more than anything in life. He loved his Irish Heritage and in true O’Connor style he made it to just past St. Patrick’s Day as any true Irishman would. I could tell a thousand stories about the good times I spent with John O’ instead, I leave these words:

    May you live as long as you want
    and never want as long as you live

    Deepest condolences to his beloved wife Anne and to the entire O’Connor family

  34. What a remarkable man! We feel blessed to have known you John O’ Connor! You and Anne were the most loving role models for your children, grandchildren, extended family and for us, your friends. Thank you for showing us how to live and especially, love.

  35. You will be missed John O. I had the pleasure of benefiting from his wisdom and calm way of teaching during his time at Frontier Co-op in Iowa. I’ll always remember him for our broker meetings in Chicago and Denver. He was very particular about the restaurants! Good food. He was a very generous man.

  36. Thinking of sweet Anne and the whole O’connor Clan today, and moving forward, through this very sad loss of their beloved Papa. I count his beautiful family as my own family (lucky me for sure!) and what a legacy he leaves! I believe he will continue to be the voice in your heads, a strict but loving Irish Angel to all of you! I wish I could be there to hear and see all of the special rememberances at his service. May the joy of all of it lift you up today and always!! That’s what he would want for sure. xoxo

  37. To the Family…
    So sorry for your loss. John O was such a highly respected man and although I did not have the pleasure working with him directly, whenever he came into our office he would light up the area and greet everyone, always with a smile even if he did not know you, such a kind man. Prayers for the family and remember all the good times, they will definitely give you strength and bring a smile during this difficult time.
    God Bless

  38. John,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how sad it is to lose your parent who is your friend & hero.
    I hope you find peace and can celebrate many happy memories in your Dad’s honor.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Carmyn Riggan

  39. John (the elder) was the kindest, most generous man I have met in my life. I appreciated most the opportunity to speak my mind to him and he did not judge.

    John lit up the room and had the respect of all. I will miss him as a friend and role model and the sparkle in his eye.

    My condolences and prayers to the O’Connor family who know they have lost a great man.

  40. John will always be remembered in my heart. The memories and joy John gave me I will always cherish and consider a blessing. Much Love to the O’Connor family.

  41. The wisdom and true kindness John radiated whenever he would speak to people inspired me every time I had the opportunity to see him. No matter how busy he was, he always waved me in to have a conversation. Over the years, he taught me how important everyone is in this life and he became a genuine friend and mentor. My heart and prayers are with the family at this time of sadness.

  42. My deepest sympathies to the entire family. John was an amazing man and will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  43. Really sorry to hear about John, but feel very fortunate to have known him. Nothing but good memories of times with a very good man. Will be thinking of you, Anne, and the whole Clan, and hope for the best for all of you in the days to come.

  44. OK, after today’s moving and very John O appropriate ceremony and checking Google Maps it’s clear that the pub John steered us to was in fact Taaffes and not King’s Head. Kong’s Head showed up on the maps where I was looking. Taaffes has a lower profile – they don’t need Google – but they’re right next door. Thanks John and thanks to the family for sharing him through his life and all the memories today.

  45. John was a wonderful man, and I respected him so much. My fondest memory and a testament to who was to me happened my first week back from maternity leave with my firstborn. We had to do a retail blitz for a client, and it was my first time not only away from my son but also an overnight trip. I was struggling, and it was a hard day for me emotionally. I was blown away when John came up to me at the end of the day gave me a big hug and told me he was so happy I decided to come back to work. He then handed me a $100 and told me to spend it on just me. I will never forget his kindness and a quick smile. May your memories carry you through this tough time.

  46. Sincere sympathies and condolences to the O’Connor family. John was a delightful person and what a beautiful legacy he’s left behind. Your family is in my prayers.

  47. My heart was deeply touched by John when he welcomed me into the Acosta family several years ago. He was always such a kind and happy man. This is something that I will always remember and cherish forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to the O’Conner family. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man.

  48. John and Anne were a big part of my life growing up. He was the same excitable bright light to me when I was little as he was a few years ago when we re connected. It’s so sad to see an uncle, a mentor pass on. I know my father and mother will miss him dearly. I can’t even imagine the loss Anne and all of his kids and grandkids feel. My love and condolences are heart felt. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. Love to you all.
    Shea

  49. MY DA
    My father’s voice
    Gives me strength
    It teminds me of the respect I am filled with
    For him, and for myself
    It reminds me of his teachings
    He always answers the whys
    And gave “why not?”
    It reminds me of his expectations of me
    And mine for myself
    His voice gives me pride
    Whenever we discuss the world
    Or helps my child overcome a fear
    He has a smile now
    As we realize what he’s been guiding us to
    His matter of factness, still solid
    Melts with the stories of our history,
    Of our ancestors
    Of our tribe
    As the connections grow more dear
    In the eyes of his grandchildren
    In the faces of new found friends
    In family across the sea
    He gives to me each time we talk,
    Each time we look, hig
    He wonders sometimes, I think
    If he did alright
    The path he chose
    Not well travelled
    I hope he aees in my face,
    In my children
    In theway I travel my road
    The pieces of himself that I gave
    I cannot describe in words
    The love I have for him
    To continue to tell the stories
    To be guided by my own light
    And give light and warmth
    To my loved ones
    As he has always done
    To walk beside him
    And share our moments
    Quietly
    Loudly, when the time calls
    For we are not here just to witness,
    But to participate
    And we will embrace our past,
    For it is a part of who we are now
    And we’ll listsn to the words
    As we tap our feet
    And we’ll liaten in the quiet
    To the sound of our dreams
    And hand in hand we will walk
    The sand
    My Da and I
    And we’ll know love
    My Da and I
    And we’ll know peace
    My Da and I

    Love, Kathy
    1997

  50. I have many happy memories of our time together as we watched our children grow. John was good natured and lit up a room. His strength of character was what I admired most. He was a dear friend. My love and condolences to Ann and the entire O’Connor family.

  51. If I know Billy and Mikey as well as I think I do, you did a helluva job, sir.

    May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields.

    Fare thee well

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