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In Memory of

Walter Robert (Bob) O'Connor

February 15, 1926 - June 14, 2017

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Walter Robert (Bob) O'Connor, age 91, passed away on June 14, 2017 after a short illness.

Born on February 15, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, Walter was also a resident of Totowa and Wayne, NJ; Norman, OK; and Ocala and Clearwater, FL, before moving to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2012. In his early adult years, Walter married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Theresa O'Connor (nee O'Brien) and started a family. During WWII, Walter served in the U.S.

Army Air Corps and, during the Korean War, in the U.S. Air Force. In 1971, Walter retired from the Port Authority Police of NY and NJ after 23 years of service, as a Police Captain and Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Police Unit at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

On retirement, he was immediately employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Chief, FAA Security Field Office at LaGuardia Airport. In 1973, he was promoted and transferred to the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City to train domestic and international police officers in Airport Security Policing. During the 14 years Walter worked at the Institute, he was assigned additional progressive administrative and management responsibilities while he earned a BA degree in Police Management and an MBA degree at Oklahoma City University. He retired from Federal service in 1987 as Deputy Director of the Institute. Upon retirement, Walter enjoyed working with the computer, bowling, and serving as an usher for more than 20 years as a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

He also was a member of the Retired Police Association of the State of New York and a Life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Walter was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary T. O'Connor (d. September 15, 2015), parents Walter and Alice (nee Walsh) O'Connor, one brother, James Ransom, and one sister, Margaret O'Brien. Walter is survived by his five loving children: William O'Connor (Robin) of Marietta, GA; Ellen Hill (Bobby-deceased) of Myrtle Beach; Margaret Bush-Shumlich (Gary) of Myrtle Beach, SC; Noreen Withers (Scott) of Doylestown, PA; John O'Connor (Bev) of Jupiter, FL, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held at the Myrtle Beach Funeral Home and Crematory, 4505 Hwy 17 Bypass South on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 1-3 pm.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 10AM at St. Michael's Catholic Church (542 Cypress Ave) in Murrells Inlet, SC. Walter's ashes will be interred at the VA National Cemetery in Florence, SC, at 10 AM on Monday, June 19, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor  www.littlesistersofthepoortotowa.org

 


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