Thomas Edward O'Connor
KEYSER, W.Va. - Thomas E. O'Connor, 96, retired educator, coach and community patron, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at his home on Cornell Street in Keyser.
Born on April 7, 1923, in Keyser, he was a son of the late Thomas Vincent and Jennie Louise (Davis) O'Connor. He also was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 72 years, Thelma L. (Hudspeth) O'Connor on Nov. 15, 2017.
Mr. O'Connor was a 1941 graduate of Keyser High School, a 1950 graduate of Wichita University and a 1970 graduate of West Virginia University where he received his Masters Degree. "Tom" as he was known by family and friends taught school in Nebraska, Elk Garden, Ridgeley, Keyser, and at Potomac State College. For 27 years, he also coached football, basketball and track. In 1993, he was inducted into the Potomac State College Hall of Fame and the Keyser High School Hall of Fame in 1995. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Nancy Hanks Post 3518, VFW and Boyce-Houser Post 41, American Legion, both of Keyser; Keyser Kiwanis Club, Lodge 662, Loyal Order of moose, Keyser and the Potomac Valley Chapter of WVU Alumni and Friends.
Being civic minded, Mr. O'Connor served on the Keyser City Council for two years and formerly served as the treasurer of the Queen's-Meadow Point Cemetery Association. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Keyser where he formerly served on the finance committee, Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home. His educational affiliations include membership in the Mineral County Association of Retired School Employees where he served as President, member of the Mineral County Board of Education for four years and served on the Potomac State College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He was a joint recipient with his late wife of the George Hixon Award with the Keyser Kiwanis Club and the Potomac State College Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews and many loving friends and neighbors.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, from 6-8 p.m.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Assumption on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. with Father Thomas Sebastian as celebrant.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Thomas and Thelma O'Connor Scholarship Fund with the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. 1 Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, Morgantown, WV 26501.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. O'Connor's obituary at
Published on February 15, 2020


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