John P. O'Connor

O’Connor, John P. (Jack), 85, of Cranston passed away peacefully on February 24, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Armstrong O’Connor. Born in Providence, son of the late Kathleen and Charles O’Connor and brother of the late Charles O’Connor. Besides his wife Elizabeth, he is survived by his four sons, Michael J. and wife Teri Dutilly of Key West, FL, John P. Jr. and wife Mary of Warwick, Kevin M. of Warwick, RI and Christopher J. and wife Michelle of Cranston, father in law of Deborah O'Connor. Father of the late Daniel M. and Timothy J. O’Connor. His is survived by seven grandchildren Kimberly Crance, Christina O’Connor, Kevin Jr., David, Jenna and Jillian O’Connor and Kaitlyn Malo and his great grandchildren Bryce and Maci Crance.

John proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He worked for National Grid before retiring after 42 years. He was a communicate of St. Matthew Church in Cranston.

Besides his wife and children, John’s greatest passion in life was his love for music. Being an accomplished pianist and musician, John lived to play his piano. He would visit his father at the Veterans Home in Bristol where he would wheel him into the auditorium and there he would play on the large baby grand piano. As he played, other disabled Veterans would walk or be wheeled in to enjoy his playing. It was a concert for his father and other Veterans every time his visited.

Over the years anytime John could find a piano in his travels, he had to stop and play. It did not matter if it was in a restaurant, a cruise ship, or any place of business, he would sit and play. Often being mistaken as a hired entertainer of where he was playing.

Eventually this would lead John to being hired to play at parties, political fundraisers, and all types of receptions. He was a regularly hired musician at functions held at the Sprague Mansion in Cranston, RI. John’s career as a musician was highlighted by working for several years at the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH where he played in the morning in the formal dining room at breakfast and later in the Observatory Room for afternoon tea. John was so loved by all at the hotel that he was referred to as the “Governor” of the Mt. Washington Hotel.

John had a great talent to play music from any era or genre of music, from Classics of the American Songbook to Contemporary music of Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Elton John, and The Beatles. His incredible mind for music allowed him to hear a song title or a song lyric and simply play that song with great skill. John brought smiles to everyone he played for, but his most cherished smile he played for and received, came from his wife Elizabeth for whom he played for up to his last days in life with great love.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 1 at 11am at St. Matthew Church, 1299 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name may be made to The American Heart Association.

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Robert Richard - 02/27/2019

John Sorry For Your Loss

Barbara Esposito Capobianco - 02/27/2019

We are so sorry to here Jack passed . He was always a part of our big Italian family. May he rest in peace.

George Harrison - 02/27/2019

I had the pleasure once of hearing Mr. O'Connor play "Something" by The Beatles on his magnificent piano. I'll never forget his memorable rendition of that classic song. He was truly a skilled musician and will never be forgotten.

The Joseph Conti family! - 02/27/2019

Condolences to the O’Connor family! RIP 🙏🙏🙏

Rick Anderson - 02/27/2019

RIP Mr. O'Conner childhood friend of your family.

Tom Falcone - 02/27/2019

My deepest condolences to the O'Connor Family on John's passing. I remember him fondly from "the neighborhood" and have a vivid memory of him washing and waxing his cars. May He Rest in Peace.

Sean and Patricia Lanigan - 02/27/2019

Sorry to hear of Mr. O’s passing , our condolences to the O’Connor Family. We will always remember our long talks with Jack. May he Rest In Peace.

Lauri Heanue - 02/27/2019

John, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.

DAV - 02/27/2019

Our prayers are with your Family. I know you will be playing the piano with the angels. God Bless Chaplain Jim Hickey for all our chapters.

Edward Hanley - 02/27/2019

John, sorry for your fathers passing. He will be on my prayers

Tom & Martha Brown - 02/27/2019

John, Mary & Family, we are so sorry for your lost. May all your wonderful memories of your Dad bring you peace and comfort. You're in our thoughts and prayers! May your Dad rest in peace!

Jay Fitzgerald - 02/27/2019

Thoughts and prayers with all of you in this time of grief. God bless.

Debora O'Connor - 02/27/2019

You will be truly missed. You were a great father in law. I will miss the jokes you always would tell me. I will miss all the holidays we had together as we would sit around and listen to you play the piano.
Love you so very much.

John O'Leary - 02/28/2019

Mrs. O'Connor and family,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I am so sorry for your loss. John has left a wonderful legacy in his family and his service to our country. I feel fortunate to have known him. John was supporter of me and I appreciated his counsel. I will miss him. I hope that happy memories and our faith will help to reduce the sorrow that you are now experiencing. John: May be the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm on your face and until we meet again may God hold your in the palm of his hand. RIP John

Billy Brown - 02/28/2019

Our deepest condolences, from your Brothers at the Heating Plant.

Karen O'Donnell - 03/01/2019

John & family.....I am very sorry for your loss....treasure your memories...his spirit will love on in you have all gained an angel

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