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Richard J. O'Connor
Age: 48
Occupation: Senior Vice President,
Worked for: Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
Originally from: Watertown, NY
Resided in: LaGrangeville, NY
College: Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

I didn't know Richard, but I thought he should be on this list.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

Other links: From Dirt to the Sky: NY Times
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My grandmother was an O'Connor and I extend to Richard's family my sincere sympathies.
-- Fr. Joe Connolly, TOR (distant relative)
26 Oct 2001

From Poughkeepsie Journal Sep 23, 2001

'Kids' activities center of his life'

Richard O'Connor worked long hours, but he did his best to make time for his children.

On the weekend before terrorists struck America, O'Connor took his daughter Erin to practice driving.

He also went to a soccer game.

And his wife, Lynne, videotaped his daughter Lauren's participation in a local community day parade, so he could watch it later.

''He was dedicated to the children, to all their activities; always on the soccer field,'' said Lynne O'Connor.

Richard O'Connor, 49, is among the thousands missing at the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on Sept. 11.

Both Lynne and Richard O'Connor grew up in northern New York state -- he in Watertown, she in Canandaigua. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam. The O'Connors lived for about eight years in Houston, Texas.

The couple, who have been married 23 years, moved to LaGrange about 15 years ago to be closer to family. They have three children: Matthew, 18, Erin, 16, and Lauren, 14.

Richard O'Connor worked for Marsh & McLennan as a risk consultant on the 100th Floor of the World Trade Center. He was dedicated to his work and often traveled for business -- but not the day of the attack.

''He was highly respected,'' said Lynne O'Connor. ''He was very good at what he did.''

Advid road runner

Despite the long hours at work, Richard O'Connor made it a point to put aside time for his family.

He and his wife would do yard work on weekends. He made a point of getting to all his children's recitals and soccer games.

''The time he was home, he spent offering to help with homework,'' Lynne O'Connor said.

Family and work took up much of Richard O'Connor's days, but he also was an avid runner and would enter 5K and other races, including the Dutchess County Classic.

He worked out frequently at a local sports club.

His hobby was collecting old watches.
-- Anon (Friend { })
04 Feb 2002

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