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In loving memory of
Thomas Joseph Connor, Jr.
  • September 04, 1960
  • -
  • July 25, 2022

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Thomas Joseph “Tom” Connor, Jr., departed this life peacefully on July 25, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was diagnosed with the rare, genetic and incurable disease, CADASIL, in 2016. He faced his illness with courage and grace—staying strong until the end.

Tom was married to the love of his life, Sheila (née Downey), for 36 years. He was a loving and devoted Dad to their four beautiful children—Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alexander.

Tom had a wonderful, infectious smile and a wicked sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and took every opportunity to do so.

Tom will be remembered as an accomplished drummer, singer, artist, entrepreneur, Disney enthusiast, music aficionado and movie buff. He was a lover of all things Halloween, and his Halloween lawn display was so celebrated that it attracted people from miles away year after year.

Tom cherished his extended relations and lifelong friends. He attended Roxbury Latin and Boston College. He had a successful 30-year career as an IT professional, first at The New England and then MetLife.

Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations for the advancement of CADASIL Research can be made in Tom’s memory to http://giving.mountsinai.org/Elahi or a check made payable to Mount Sinai Health System. “Dr. Fanny Elahi’s Research” should be on the memo line. Mailing Address: Mount Sinai Health System, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1049, New York, NY 10029.


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  1. Sheila lit a candle:
    05 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 5, 2022 at 8:54:54 PM

  2. Doug,Mary,&Ed lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:16:15 PM

  3. M Murray posted an image:
    03 Aug 2022
    Smugglers back in the day<br />
Cat, Mary, Thomas, Tom & Sheila
    Smugglers back in the day
    Cat, Mary, Thomas, Tom & Sheila

  4. M Murray posted an image:
    03 Aug 2022
    1985
    1985

  5. M Murray posted an image:
    03 Aug 2022
    Tom and Doug ❤️
    Tom and Doug ❤️

  6. M Murray posted an image:
    03 Aug 2022
    Tom&Sheila❤️
    Tom&Sheila❤️

  7. Lisa Connor says:
    30 Jul 2022
    Rest in peace, Tom.
    A bright shining light, you gave so much to your family and ours and will always be present in our hearts.

    Until we meet again and with love,
    Sean, Lisa, Polina and Katherine xo

  8. Lisa Connor says:
    30 Jul 2022
    Rest in peace, Tom.
    A bright, shining light in our lives, you gave so much to your family and ours and will always be present in our hearts.

    Until we meet again and with all of our love,
    Sean, Lisa, Polina and Katherine

  9. Lisa, Sean, Polina & Katherine Connor lit a candle:
    29 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 29, 2022 at 7:53:24 PM

  10. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    29 Jul 2022
    Tom, Papa, Catherine, Tommy, Tara  and Patty. Smugglah's Beach late '80s
    Tom, Papa, Catherine, Tommy, Tara and Patty. Smugglah's Beach late '80s

  11. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    29 Jul 2022
    Tom and his kit. Late '70s
    Tom and his kit. Late '70s

  12. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    29 Jul 2022
    The boys
    The boys

  13. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    29 Jul 2022
    Tom at Smugglah's Beach, Yarmouthport 2016
    Tom at Smugglah's Beach, Yarmouthport 2016

  14. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    29 Jul 2022
    In January of 2018, we had the good fortune to meet Tom's half sister Lorrie and her wonderful husband Bob. There could be no doubt that Lorri and Tom were sister and brother. They were both so similar in temperament. Loving, generous, fun and funny. What a gift for the Connor family.
    In January of 2018, we had the good fortune to meet Tom's half sister Lorrie and her wonderful husband Bob. There could be no doubt that Lorri and Tom were sister and brother. They were both so similar in temperament. Loving, generous, fun and funny. What a gift for the Connor family.

  15. Nancy Berry lit a candle:
    28 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 28, 2022 at 7:49:41 PM

  16. Catherine Alicia Connor lit a candle:
    28 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 28, 2022 at 7:55:54 AM

  17. Catherine MacDonald posted an image:
    28 Jul 2022
    Sheila,Tom and Dad/Papa
    Sheila,Tom and Dad/Papa

  18. Philip Vasiliadis lit a candle:
    28 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 28, 2022 at 7:56:15 AM

  19. Patrick Clementson says:
    27 Jul 2022
    Fly high Tom.

    May you continue to be enveloped in peace and love.

  20. Merlyn says:
    27 Jul 2022
    My heart is with you all. Tom was an amazing man, one who was so open and full of joy you felt like you knew him forever when you first met him, and so insightful and wise that you also always felt like you were lucky to be getting to know him. May his memory always be a source of blessing and his love continue to be a source of strength.

  21. Christopher Bryan says:
    27 Jul 2022
    Amanda family and I are all deeply sorry for your loss. Tom was an amazing person with such a kind and gentle heart. We feel blessed to have known him.He will be missed dearly. If you or your family need anything we are here for you! Sending lots of love ❤️ and prayers

  22. John Downey posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom I am so grateful that we became friends<br />
Don't go far, I will catch up
    Tom I am so grateful that we became friends
    Don't go far, I will catch up

  23. Sheila Connor says:
    27 Jul 2022
    "...And when great souls die,
    after a period peace blooms,
    slowly and always irregularly.
    Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.
    Our senses, restored, never to be the same,
    whisper to us.
    They existed. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be better.
    For they existed." ~ Maya Angelou

    Eternal love for my beautiful husband, Tom.
    Thank you for the amazing life you gave us.

  24. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom 2010
    Tom 2010

  25. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom and Sheila 2019
    Tom and Sheila 2019

  26. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at Magic kingdom 2020
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at Magic kingdom 2020

  27. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2019
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2019

  28. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Kevin, and Laura 2022
    Tom, Kevin, and Laura 2022

  29. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2020
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2020

  30. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2007
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2007

  31. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom 2022
    Tom 2022

  32. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at WDW 2020
    Tom, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at WDW 2020

  33. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom 2021
    Tom 2021

  34. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, and Alex at WDW 2018
    Tom, Patrick, and Alex at WDW 2018

  35. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom's 60th Birthday at WDW 2020
    Tom's 60th Birthday at WDW 2020

  36. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at WDW Tom's 60th 2020
    Tom, Sheila, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex at WDW Tom's 60th 2020

  37. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom and Christine 2020
    Tom and Christine 2020

  38. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, John, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex, and Brendan 2019
    Tom, John, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex, and Brendan 2019

  39. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, and Alex 2018
    Tom, Patrick, and Alex 2018

  40. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Christine, and Alex 2019
    Tom, Christine, and Alex 2019

  41. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine,  and Alex 2019
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2019

  42. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, and Alex at WDW 2018
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, and Alex at WDW 2018

  43. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom and Alex 2018
    Tom and Alex 2018

  44. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom and Christine 2018
    Tom and Christine 2018

  45. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, and Catherine at WDW 2019
    Tom, Patrick, and Catherine at WDW 2019

  46. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex and Brendan at WDW 2019
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex and Brendan at WDW 2019

  47. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2018
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, and Alex 2018

  48. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Sheila, and Alex 2018
    Tom, Sheila, and Alex 2018

  49. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom and Sheila 2018
    Tom and Sheila 2018

  50. Sheila Connor posted an image:
    27 Jul 2022
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex, and Brendan at WDW 2020
    Tom, Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Alex, and Brendan at WDW 2020

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