Michael Francis Connor, Ssa Employee

July 31, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Michael Francis Connor, a retired Social Security Administration claims authorizer and a World War II infantryman, died Saturday of a rare disease, amyloidosis, at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime Parkville resident was 85.

Mr. Connor was born at home on Allegheny Avenue in Towson. After graduating from Towson Catholic High School in 1941, he worked at Black & Decker Corp. before being drafted into the Army in 1943.

Mr. Connor served as a rifleman with the 29th Infantry Division in Europe, until being discharged in 1946.

After the war, he became an office worker for the Heat and Power Corp. on East Saratoga Street.

In 1968, he took a job as a claims authorizer at Social Security's headquarters in Woodlawn, where he worked until retiring in 1986.

Mr. Connor had volunteered at the Genesis Eldercare Cromwell nursing home in Towson and on the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, where he assisted in the organization's annual living history cruises.

He was a member of the Parkville posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Connor and his wife of 61 years, the former Sarah Hodson, enjoyed traveling to Quebec, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Arizona, Maine, Nova Scotia and Florida.

He had been a communicant and a member of the Holy Name Society of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Connor is survived by son, Stephen J. Connor of Parkville; a daughter, Joan Connor Burke of Woodlawn; and three sisters, Jean McTaggart of Houston, Sister Elizabeth Connor of Quebec, and Mary Pipkin of Towson.

Another son, Michael F. Connor Jr., died in 1969.

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