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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Edward O'Connor

Edward Thomas O'Connor

January 1, 1948 - November 29, 2020
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EAST FISHKILL – Edward Thomas O’Connor, 72, an area resident for 42 years and formerly of Albertson, Long Island, died peacefully at his home on November 29, 2020.

Born in Queens on January 1, 1948, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Masterson) O’Connor. Edward graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with his bachelor’s degree and from Lehman College with his master’s degree. He had been employed as a teacher for the Yorktown Central Schools for 37 years until his retirement in 2008. He loved outdoor activities especially hiking, biking and canoeing.

On August 22, 1970 at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset, Edward married Linda Jablonski who survives at home. In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is also survived by his children, Maggie O’Connor, Kate Gang and her husband Rick, and Kevin O’Connor and Lynn McNulty; his grandchildren, Max, Aoife, Sam, Rowan, Blake, Ryan and Camden; his sisters, Marilyn Heiss and Annemarie O’Connor; and many nieces and nephews.

“Ed was an extraordinary man who shared his enthusiasm for life with all who were blessed to know him. He was always authentically himself and had the patience to come alongside you on whatever path you walked. He had a strong and abiding love for all of his family, especially delighting in his seven grandchildren (and another expected in January). His love of nature and unrelenting curiosity for all things made him a favorite teacher for many over his distinguished 35-year career. The music he loved in this life spoke to the music rooted deeply in his soul. He will be terribly missed but lives on in the many stories he would never have told about himself.”

Services will be private at this time and a celebration of Edward’s life will be held in the future. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. https://www.alz.org/hudsonvalley
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    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533
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O'Connor and Kennedy Family

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Heiss Family Posted at 12:07am

We will miss you Ed/Uncle Ed
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Randa Globerman

Posted at 10:27pm
I am so so very sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I know how special Ed was and will remain to be so in all of your hearts. With heartfelt condolences
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David Joel

Posted at 11:45am
Elementary school in the late 1960’s invaded my already traumatized young life. Having spent my formative years from age 3-5 mostly immobilized in half-body casts and braces, I had pretty much retreated to my own little fantasy world. By the time I entered first grade the physical supports were gone but I was far too emotionally immature for school. The immaturity was compounded by learning disabilities that in the late 1960’s were not understood. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t write. I didn’t understand instruction. By age 10 I still didn’t know how to decode the shapes that I was told were letters constituting an alphabet that when assembled in various orders revealed thoughts, ideas, stories, etc. I got by without being left back because my mother advocated for me and I was able to memorize stories that were read out loud, confounding the teachers and administrators who wanted to classify me as slow. Still, I didn’t want to be in school. I felt ignorant and absolutely hated the experience. My mother had become the president of the PTA and she petitioned to have MR. O’Connor be my fifth grade teacher. It was 1973, I think it was either the first year that OC (as we affectionately called him) was asked to teach fifth grade or perhaps it was the first year that he would be dealing with a mixed group of students, all functioning at very different levels. That same year, with my mother’s urging, a reading specialist, discovered my learning disabilities and I began seeing Dr. Melvin Kaplan who used prisms and eye exercises to manage perceptual problems that today might be called Dyslexia combined with other issues that today might place me somewhere on the “spectrum”. (Spoiler alert: we are all somewhere on the spectrum). Dr. Kaplan’s groundbreaking work opened up my world and I began to see and act very differently. I went from being shy and withdrawn, unable to read and write to a hyperactive extrovert finally able to decode the shapes of the alphabet (albeit on a very rudimentary level even for elementary school) and it all took place in fifth grade, mostly under the tutelage and care provided by Mr. O’Connor.
One day on the playground my hyperactivity landed me in a bit of trouble. It was something quite harmless. I was being overly rambunctious or something and OC (who if I haven’t made it clear yet, was my idol) well, he felt compelled to give me some sort of punishment for my playground behavior. So he made me stay after class and copy by hand a paragraph from a book. Prior to this moment, my writing was illegible and I hadn’t seen any changes but OC said to do it, so I did. When I finished copying the paragraph, I looked at my penmanship and it was perfect! Something had changed. All the exercises with Kaplan worked. My penmanship was exquisite and this was the moment when I recognized it. I was so excited I showed OC. We were both so happy. He was patting me on the back. We were celebrating. It was a joyous moment shared between us for several minutes until suddenly OC stopped. His big grin quickly shrank to serious and in a very calm but semi stern tone, he looked at me and said, “David, this is very good but remember, this is punishment for your behavior on the playground. So let’s not forget that.” I had so much respect for him; I calmed down long enough to set the paper back on the desk. I looked OC in the eyes and said, “I know, I know…” But then I quickly picked up the paper again where I began waving it around and shouting “but look, Look, LOOK!” At which point we both started celebrating again.
School began for me with Mr. O’Connor. He was sensitive and strong, caring and kind. He was so kind. I don’t know if there is anything more valuable in the world than learning the lessons of kindness. Mr. O’Connor was the master of this education. It was because of him that I was able to feel confident to go on in school. I loved that man! I didn’t have another teacher that made such an impact until my art teacher in High school. Mr. O’Connor and then later Mr. Carozza, were the only teachers that ever were able to get through to me. Today I am an artist and a writer. I’m also the executive director for an Artist’s Foundation. Nothing of who I have become would be the same without without OC’s input, education, and care. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and let everyone know how very special and vitally important Ed O’Connor’s life and work was to me and I’m certain to countless others! With Sorrow and Love, David (David Joel: Email: drdavinci@aol.com)
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Mary Fanning Froats

Posted at 09:02am
"Edward O'Connor" brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him!
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Mary Fanning Froats

Posted at 08:59am
My name is Mary Fanning Froats and I had Mr. O'Connor as my 5th grade teacher at Mohansic School back in 1971-1972. It was his first year teaching and he was my FAVORITE teacher ever!!! He had this huge smile and made each of us feel welcome and capable of learning everything. We learned about the planets and their orbits, about the devastating effects of air pollution and even how to use a thesaurus. Each day was a new adventure with laughs, learning, and a true sense of community.

One particular story that made him extra special to me is our school trip to Mountain Lakes Camp in the spring of 1972. I was a child who suffered with night terrors (especially in a dark room) but wanted to go on the overnight trip so I talked my parents into letting me go in spite of my nightmares. Of course as soon as the lights went out I panicked and my friends couldn't console me. The girls' chaperone wanted to send me home but Mr. O'Connor walked and talked with me until I calmed down and I was able to go back into my cabin (they did leave a light on for me) and I made it through the night. This meant the world to me.
Children's memories are vivid and everlasting so I will always cherish the patience and kindness he showed me on that trip. He was meant to be a teacher........................
I ended up becoming a math teacher and working at Yorktown MESMS as a 7th grade math teacher while Ed was still teaching 6th grade science there. He was as warm and friendly as always making me feel welcome at the school. I will never forget how Mr. O'Connor went the extra mile for me so whenever I get the chance to go the extra mile with my students I try to pay it forward. Please know how many lives he improved by being a teacher in Yorktown, he was an incredible person.
Fondly,
Mary
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