Eugene M. Connor, 82, oil company supervisor

August 10, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Eugene Marriott Connor, a retired oil company field supervisor and lifelong Ednor Gardens resident, died Wednesday of liver cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 82.

Mr. Connor and his fraternal twin brother, George Connor, were inseparable until the latter's death in 1994 -- through high school, college, in early jobs they held, and in the Army during World War II.

They resided in their boyhood home their entire lives.

The Connors graduated from Loyola High School in 1937 and Loyola College in 1941, then both went to work at the Catholic Review. "They left home for work together, came into the office together, worked side by side, went out to lunch together and went home together," said an article in the Catholic Review.

They later worked together in the Baltimore office of Furness, Withy and Company Ltd., steamship agents, before enlisting in the Army.

They were commissioned as second lieutenants together and served in New York, where they oversaw the loading of ships carrying war materiel. They remained in the Army Reserve until being discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In their professional lives, Eugene Connor was a field supervisor for Amoco Oil Co. for 30 years, until he retired in 1976. George Connor worked in the comptroller's office of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

After his brother died, Mr. Connor never varied his established routine.

"He continued to get up at 4 a.m. in the morning and put on a suit and tie, and every evening he went to bed at 6: 30," said Patricia O'C. B. Farley, Mr. Connor's attorney. "He ate all his meals at Pete's Grill in Waverly, and his close friends were the proprietors, Lou and Char Sharkey, and Charlie Pindell, also a regular."

According to Ms. Farley, Mr. Connor left a substantial amount of money to establish scholarship funds at his alma maters. "Both schools remained very important to him," she said.

He was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, York at Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today. He is survived by several cousins.

Pub date: 8/10/98

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