Wellsville, NY - Gerald Dennis O’Connor, 64, of 19 Pine Street passed away on Monday, October 19, 2009 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 12, 1945 in Wellsville the son of John G. and Lydia (Rahr) O’Connor.
Dennis was a long time resident of Wellsville having graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1961 and Wellsville High School in 1963. He later graduated from OBI and started a career in banking at First Lincoln Bank in Rochester. He returned to Wellsville and worked for the former First Trust Union Bank. Dennis was with the bank through its several transitions and when it became Fleet Bank, he was transferred to East Aurora. He later was employed by Tops Friendly Markets in Wellsville and for past ten years he worked for the Wellsville Daily Reporter and retired in June of this year. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495 and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed numerous trips to the NASCAR races at Watkins Glen and was a long time Bills and Yankees fan. He enjoyed playing euchre and music, especially Rod Stewart. Dennis was very proud of his Irish Heritage and loved Wellsville history. He appreciated the tradition of small town banking where a hand shake meant something and he took the time to get to know you and your family.
Survivors include: a son Erin (Cassandra) O’Connor of Fort Collins, CO, a daughter, Mary (Richard) Iantorno of Wellsville; five grandchildren whom he loved very much; a brother, James (Pat) O’Connor of Grove, OK, two nephews and his special companion, Margaret Abbott of Wellsville.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Monsignor Vincent Becker as Celebrant. Burial will in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.