Richard Edward O’Connor 9/23/1927 – 9/16/2020

He was a gentleman above all else.

Richard O’Connor passed away at home in Southern Pines, North Carolina, at the age of 92, after courageously battling with complications of heart disease.

Dick was born in San Francisco on Sept. 23rd , 1927, son of the late Richard Anthony O’Connor and Eleanor Sheehan O’Connor.

He attended the Portsmouth Priory School, graduated from Lawrenceville Academy, and earned a degree in Economics from Yale University in 1951. He was crew captain in his senior year. His college education was interrupted by his tour of duty in the army. Mr. O’Connor held an executive position with the Magnavox Company and later worked as a stockbroker and investment consultant in New York and San Francisco. He married Polly Lombardi on February 28th, 1984.

He is survived by his loving family; wife Polly, sisters Ellie and Sheila, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was a very understanding man and you could always count on him to be there for you through thick and thin. His kindness, grace, wisdom, and open-heartedness were immeasurable.

Dick was a raconteur extraordinaire. He travelled the globe and would converse knowledgeably on an infinite number of subjects. Dick would talk amiably to anyone, make them feel comfortable, respected, and befriended. We will miss him more than we know.

His memorial service will be held in the spring at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on a date to be announced.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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