Francis "Frank" B. O'Connor

Francis "Frank" B. O'Connor

February 03, 1934 ‐ November 20, 2022
Francis "Frank" B. O'Connor
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan Resided In: Rocky River, Ohio Visitation: December 03, 2022 Service: December 03, 2022 Cemetery: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

Francis “Frank” O’Connor, Jr., 88, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away peacefully on November 20th (Solemnity of Christ the King) surrounded by his loving family. Born in Detroit, MI to parents of Francis and Clara O’Connor (the sixth of ten children). Beloved husband of 64 years to Ann. Loving father to John, Mary Ann, and Paul O’Connor, S.J. Caring grandfather of Jacob, Katlyn, Sarah, Aaron, and Paul Xavier. Dear great grandfather of Kadin, Kaiser, Braxton, and Oliver Francis. Frank graduated from St. Mary’s Redford Grade School and High School (1952) and played football on the championship teams of 1950 and 1951, earning All-State honors 1951 (fullback). Graduated from University of Detroit (B.S., Commerce and Finance) and played football (Missouri Valley Conference Champions). Served two years, U.S. Army Intelligence.  Worked at Ford Motor Company (Detroit), Island Creek Coal (Cleveland), Hannah Mining, and Lesco. In 2013, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia. In special gratitude to Ann (wife), Paul & John (sons), caregivers, and to all who cared for Frank during his last nine years.


Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday December 3rd at 11:30am where family and friends are invited to a visitation starting at 10:30am. All services will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 525 Dover Center Road, Bay Village Ohio 44140.

Inurnment to be held Monday December 5, 2022 at 11:15am at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio

Funeral Mass can be viewed at this link:  

In lieu of flowers, since Frank was a man of faith and prayer, memorial contributions may be made to the Jesuit Retreat Center (Parma, OH) where Fr. Paul (his son) works as Director of Mission & Identity. In addition, contributions may be made to the Special Olympics.


Guest Comments

Andrew Teiberis

Good friend for 50+ years.

Violet Abad
Arvada, Colorado

Dear Ann and Father Paul, it is not a coincidence that Frank passed away on the same date as my beloved husband Jorge 11 years ago. Jesus was waiting Frank and Jorge right behind to welcome him into eternal happiness. It’s your strong Faith and friends will help you adjust to a widow’s life. Blessings.

Chris and Jaime Frederick
Huntersville, NC

So many great memories with Mr. O'Connor and the entire family. From fishing up at the Rocky River Pier to the fun trip to Put-In-Bay with the unexpected stay overnight (missed the last ferry). Mr. O'Connor was not only fun to be around, but a true gentleman in every sense of the word and someone to be looked up to. He will truly be missed.

Fr. Tim Gareau
Bay Village

Frank was a man of great valor, faith, family, and love. He was an incredible inspiration and support toward all those who were blessed to know him. May the Archangel Raphael guide and guard you to your heavenly home.

Anne, you exemplify the sacrament of marriage in a powerful way.

Love and prayers to the entire O'Connor family.
Fr. Tim and the St. Raphael Family