Friday, March 8, 2024

James J. Connor, 86

Wellsville, NY – James J. Connor, 86, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Ocala, Florida with his family at his sideHe was born March 7, 1937, in AndoverNY, the son of the late John A. and Monica R. (Padden) Connor. On April 22, 1961, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville he married Marlene Schettine who survives.

Jim was raised in Andover and was 1955 graduate of Andover High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, enlisting in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959. He was a graduate of Alfred State College. He was first employed as a Supervisor at the Rochester Button Company in Wellsville for over 20 years and continued his career as a Window Clerk for the United States Postal Service in Wellsville for 30 years. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, Elks Lodge #1495, Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601, and the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club. 

Jim enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels and reading historical novels. He was a true fan of the Buffalo Bills. He had a great sense of humor and was always ready with a fun story to share. He was happiest when surrounded by family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildrenSince his retirement he and Marlene enjoyedspending winters in Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marlene, two daughters, Karen C. (David)Ayoub of Manlius, and Kelley A. Phillips (Steven Morasse) of Vista, CA, a son, James J. Connor Jr. of Ocala, FL, nine grandchildren, Nicole L. Phillips, Megan W. (Matthew) O’Carroll, Hannah R. Phillips, Kileigh G. Phillips (Daniela Larranaga Hetz), David A. Ayoub Jr., Grace A. Ayoub, Gretchen M. Ayoub, Elle K. Connor and James J. Connor III, two great grandchildren, Jordan R. O’Carroll and Faye P. O’Carroll. And numerous other extended family members that he loved wholeheartedly. Nothing was more important than his family

He was predeceased in addition to his parents by, two brothers, John L. Connor and Michael P. Connor, and a sister, Mary Ellen Hart.

A Mass of Christian Burial and a celebration of life is being planned for a later date in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Marlene, so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. So sorry Marlene and Family. Jim was always so friendly and jolly.Prayers for you all.

  3. So sorry Marlene and Family. Jim was a great man. Prayers .

  4. So very sorry for your loss. A wonderful kind soul-he spoiled both my daughters preschool & early school years with surprise gifts at the post window- he will be missed. May in RIP


  5. I worked at Rochester Button for Jim, always wondered why he would whistle as he was coming down the hall. It was his way of tipping us off that he was coming. He use to tell us, "don't bunch up, one grenade will get you all". Marlene you probably don't remember me, but I was one of the kids you played ball with on Rauber street. Always will remember the lady, who played catcher for us. Always wanted to stop in and say hi to Jim, when I came to Wellsville to visit, my sister Jessie Stark, she was a good friend of your mother. It is with great sadness to read of Jim's passing. Blessings Alton

  6. I’m very saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I send my deepest condolences to Mrs. Marlene Connor, and his entire Family; Karen, Kelley and James
    He will be greatly missed
    Michael Stanton