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Official Obituary of: John W. O’Connor, 73, on May 30, 2024

John W. O’Connor, 73, on May 30, 2024

PAWTUCKET – John W. O’Connor, 73, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born in Pawtucket, RI, on November 3, 1950, he was the son of the late James O’Connor, Sr. and Mary Rose Lima.

John grew up in Pawtucket and was employed for many years as an independent auto mechanic. He formerly worked for the United States Postal Service. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving his country proudly in the United States Army. While serving in the Army, he was a fireman, dealing with chemical warfare, and was honorably discharged on November 9, 1969, with the rank of Private First Class.

John enjoyed martial arts movies, was an avid reader and writer, and enjoyed researching various topics including health, politics, and current events. He was a wealth of knowledge and also enjoyed going for walks.

He is survived by his daughter Holly A. St. Jean and her partner Tyrone Ball, Sr. of Pawtucket, his son Joseph Hetu and his late wife Kathy of Delaware; and his step-daughter Nicole Drury and her husband Thomas of Riverside. He was the grandfather of Joseph Hetu, Jr. of Delaware. He was the brother of Steven O’Connor and his wife Susan of Attleboro, Clara Perry and her late husband Rick of Pawtucket, and the late James O’Connor, Jr. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

His funeral, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, beginning with a time for visitation from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro, with a funeral service commencing promptly at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will follow in Rumford Cemetery, East Providence.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in John’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by mailing a check to P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.sperrymchoul.com.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace and dance amongst the stars. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace and dance amongst the stars. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed.

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