In Memory

Pat O'Connor - Class Of 1964

Pat passed away in July of 2005. He was a co-captain of the 1963-64 AHS football team and a Chicago Police Officer.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, brothers John and William and sister Mary Ellen.
His late brother James preceded him in death.

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03/09/15 06:45 AM #1    

William Trow (1965)

It was recently confirmed by Pat's long time friend, Ron Dexter, that Pat served in the Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam and was injured in the line of duty. He recovered, returned home and had a distinguished career as a Chicago police officer. He passed away in 2005.

01/08/17 01:27 PM #2    

Kyle Dressler (1964)

Pat was one of the greatest guys I ever knew. He was a first class friend and teammate through the three years I knew him playing football. Even if it's 12 years ago that he passed I'me sure that he is still missed by all those that knew him. It's fitting that Pat joined the Marines. Semper Fi Pat! Always faithful, always loyal.

Kyle Dressler - 1964

01/09/17 04:27 PM #3    

William Blessing (1964)

Pat was unique.  Tough as nails yet funny as heck.  He and Ron Finley used to sing "Blue Moon" in the locker room after football practice.  He bestowed two of my many nicknames.  Bathless Bill and Baby Huey.  We lost our only game Frosh-Soph year primarily because I broke Pat's rib in practice just a few days before the game.  Accidental elbow.  But my most vivid memory of Pat was from the end of Spring practice our sophomore year.  The quarterbacks chose sides for the annual maroon and white game.  Milton Mosher was the white captain.  John Casperson the maroon.

Teams were selected one player at a time alternating.  Casperson took most of the first string linemen including ends.  Mosher took all the first string backs.  Casperson got O'Connor, naturally.  Mosher got stuck with me.  The good news is that Pat told me he had to take a make-up test after class that day and would miss the game.  The bad news was that when I lined up for the first play from scrimmage, There was O'Connor right across from me.  I said "I thought you were going to take a make-up test today!"  Pat replied, "So did my teacher."

The bad news is that Pat made my life miserable all afternoon.  The good news is that we kicked their butt 33-7!

Rest in peace, Patrick.  You will never be forgotten by those you beat up.

01/10/17 07:05 PM #4    

Jay Lyden (1964)

I last saw Pat at Yo-Jo s, a hot dog joint, in the late 70s.  We'd both buffaloed up a bit and were keeping it up.  He was a Tac cop and had his partner and squad car with him.  We had a few laughs about the old days, but he was still peeved about the rolling food fight we had going over the Central Ave bridge.  Good guy.

01/11/17 10:13 AM #5    

William Blessing (1964)


Would you care to expound on the "rolling food fight" or is it one of those "private" discussion type topics?  I realize that half the stuff you were involved in is classified.

The Central Ave. bridge elicited a Pavlovian response from me for years after high school.  I took the Central bus to FB practice and I'd get sick to my stomach every day right around there.

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