Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Charles Connor Sr. and Nancy McCarthy. He was raised and educated in Lynnfield and was a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, class of 1975. He continued his education at Villanova University where he earned his degree as a member of the Class of 1979.
Mr. Connor had a very long and successful career in the Development and Contracting Industry. He worked for many firms throughout the North Shore and Boston including Caruso Construction, Bond Brothers, Berry Construction and most recently was the Director of Operations/Civil Utility Division for J.F. White Contracting and G. Green Construction of Allston. As a master project manager, Charlie completed projects with precision. During a project if it needed to get done Charlie made sure it did and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty if necessary. There wasn’t a piece of heavy equipment that Charlie couldn’t operate like a master. He would use his knowledge to effectively finish remarkable construction projects with ease. He was known for his attention to detail and his ability to work within a team setting always getting the job done. He was master of many trades and well sought after in the construction and building field.
Charlie was a lover of the out of doors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to ride motorcycles. He was a longtime resident of the Town of Topsfield, where he raised his family and was active in civic and town organizations. He coached Tri-Town Youth Basketball, Little League and any sport that his sons and daughter played. He was often a favorite coach among the youth. He had great energy and loved to instill the values he held dear onto the kids. He was outgoing, kind, funny and devoted to his beliefs. He will be missed for his smile, his courage of conviction and dedication to his family and his causes.
Charlie was a proud, distinguished, dedicated member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Preparatory School. He was an honored graduate and father of graduates. He dedicated countless hours and resources to his alma mater. He especially focused on making sure that any student who was willing to work hard and had the desire to attend St. John’s was never denied the opportunity because of economic difficulties. He was a great advocate for the school and always had the betterment of the students and their experience at heart. He will always be remembered fondly by the Prep.
Charlie is survived by his children, Brian Connor of Scottsdale, AZ, Michael Connor of South Boston, Matthew Connor of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl and Katherine Connor of Peabody, his sisters, Chrissie Dunn and her husband Barry of Charlotte, N.C. and Cynthia Kwolyk and her husband James of Charlotte, N.C., his nieces and nephews, Brianna and Dillon Dunn and Spencer and Harrison Kwolyk.
His funeral Mass will be held in the Chapel of St John’s Preparatory School, Administration Building, Spring St., Danvers, Wednesday, May 30, at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held at St. John’s Preparatory School in Kennealy Commons in the Br. Keefe, CFX Academic Center, 72 Spring St., Danvers, Tuesday, May 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to Charles E Connor Jr. Memorial Fund at St. John’s Prep c/o Advancement, 72 Spring St., Danvers, MA 01923, or online at www.stjohnsprep.org/connor. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
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