Thomas Christopher “Chris” O’Connor, Sr.
Chris O’Connor passed Sunday, June 23, 2019 at home after a brief illness.
He was born Christmas Day, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Charles Gregory O’Connor and Jean Ann McWhirter. He was raised in Knoxville, TN and lived in Johnson City most of his life. He was a graduate of South Young High School and the University of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Martha Canfield. He is survived by his wife of almost thirty-seven years, Jane Bridgforth O’Connor; one son, Thomas Christopher O’Connor, Jr. (Julie); one daughter, Allison O’Connor Leath (Chris); three grandchildren, Burgess Bridgforth O’Connor, Louisa Barton O’Connor and Charlotte Anne Leath; brothers and sisters, Kathy (Pat) Yochim, Jody (Jim) Hazenfield, Jean Ann Savery, Greg (Nancy) O’Connor, Tim (Terry) O’Connor, Maggie (Greg) Heaton, Kevin (Tracy) O’Connor, Marie (Mike) Ensley, Bob (Renee) O’Connor, Eileen (Scott) Van Fleet, Becca O’Connor, Bill O’Connor (Brad Froslee) and Norm (Priscilla) Canfield; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
The family will have a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to StreetSide Ministry, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604, or LXI Ministry c/o First Presbyterian Church 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
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|EULOGIES & CONDOLENCES|
|To Jane and the Kids, I am so sorry for your loss.
Chris was a remarkable man who was a great boss to
me for several years. I considered him a friend
and such a GOOD person. I know you will miss him.
He touched so many lives. |
||Jim and Judy Baxter
Judy and I have been out of town and just found
out about Chris passing. We just wanted to reach
out to you and extend our sympathies. Chris was
such a great guy. Always doing the right thing.
He will be missed. |
||Jeff and Nancy Griffith
|Jane and family; we are so very sorry to hear of your loss; you will be in our thoughts and prayers|
|Please accept my sympathy on the death of Chris. I knew
Chris from working with him the last two years in the Melting
Pot at Munsey. He was such a kind person to all our guests. I
especially admired him for his dedication to bringing Jose each
Saturday and providing such a good role model to Jose. Chris
has been missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.|
|Jane and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Chris was a gentleman that loved his family.
|To the family of Thomas "Chris" O'Connor:
There are no words to describe how very sorry I am for your loss. Chris was a wonderful man who loved and adored Jane, Thomas, Allison, and the rest of his family. I will always remember he was a gentleman who was kind to everyone. Jane, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Sharron |
||Cindy & Gary Gibbs
|May God comfort and bless your family during this
difficult time. Know we are praying for you.|
|Jane and Family,
It was a privilege and honor to know Chris and
to work with him. We had lots of conversations
as we rode to and from meetings over the years.
News and stories about you and your family were
always part of the trip. It was crystal clear
that he loved you and your children and was
proud of you all.
His volunteerism was an example to me. He told
me of his work with the soup kitchen, that
sometimes he would run into someone he went to
school with that was in line for a meal. He
had a servant’s heart and was friend to all.
From a business sense I can truly say he was
never ethically challenged. Again, he was
example to us all.
In our last conversation I sensed a peace that
given the knowledge of his sickness was beyond
understanding if I had not known of his faith
and love of God. I know there are no words
that provide the comfort you need and deserve
at this time. Perhaps some of few comforts
available to us are that we are witnesses to
the quality of his life and that at this very
moment he is in God’s hands. Through our faith
in God we will see him again in time.
My thoughts and prayers and my deepest
condolences are extended to you and your family
at this time.
||Karen & Terry Welch
|Dear Jane & family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know
that our thoughts and prayers are with you during
this very difficult time.
Karen & Terry|
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