Ronald C. `Pat' O'Connor

[ Age 82 ] Insurance broker, property manager

April 25, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Ronald Cyril "Pat" O'Connor, a retired insurance broker and property manager, died of a brain hemorrhage April 16 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 82.

Born in Susanville, Calif., he served twice in combat in the Army. During World War II, he was stationed in Germany with an infantry unit. In Korea, as a lieutenant, also in the infantry, he earned a Bronze Star.

He moved to Maryland to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned an economics degree. While a student, he met his future wife, Evelyn "Bax" Robertson.

He worked for Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. in downtown Baltimore for many years. He later managed Memorial Apartments in Bolton Hill and the Christ Lutheran Church apartments on Light Street in the Inner Harbor. He retired about 20 years ago.

He was active in the Boy Scouts in several capacities for 45 years and earned the God and Country Award for his work. He had been an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, trustee and clerk of the session.

An honorary life member of the American Legion, Towson Post No. 22, he was a past commander. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkville Memorial Post.

He was a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and at Fort McHenry National Park, where he was named an honorary colonel in its guard.

Mr. O'Connor enjoyed celebrating his Celtic heritage. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore. He had been a pipe major for the John F. Nicoll Pipe Band.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 3 at Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave. in Towson.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, survivors include a daughter, Mary Helen Tully of Charleston, W. Va.; and a stepmother, Margaret Jean O'Connor of Juno Beach, Fla.

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