Obituary posted by : Shelagh Connor Shapiro , Daughter
JOHN (JACK) HOUGHTON CONNOR – ETOWAH, N.C. – Jack Connor died after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 3rd, in Wareham Hospital in Massachusetts. At 81 years old, he had lived a full and adventurous life, traveling extensively and never turning down a dare. He was a devoted father and grandfather, veteran, good friend to many, woodworker, pilot, sailor, motorcyclist, and dog lover. Jack was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 10, 1930 to the late Edith Agnes (O’Brien) and John Harold Connor. He graduated from Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey in 1948. He then attended and graduated from a Navy-sponsored school in California for deep-sea diving and underwater salvage work. He worked with Esso Humble Oil and spent a year in Venezuela, installing underwater pipelines. After returning home, he went into the Air Force (4th AFDS 1950-1954). He later graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his lifetime, he called many places home: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona and North Carolina. As a business executive, he worked for many companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Roper Corporation, and Varlen Corporation. His adventures included a canoe trip up the Yukon River to Circle City, Alaska with his best friend Bob Lofgren, a plane accident in which he had to bail out over Lake Michigan when his engine failed, and a solo crossing of the Atlantic in his Cessna in 1987. He retired at the age of 54, allowing himself the luxury of spending his later years with friends and family, traveling to places he’d never been and back to places he’d loved dearly. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Maura and Steve Lohrenz, and Shelagh and Jerry Shapiro, his grandchildren, Erin and Ryan Lohrenz, Connor and Aaron Shapiro, Bennett Shapiro and his wife, Anna Shapiro, his sisters and brothers-in-law Kathleen Connor, Edith (Connor) and Frank Gaglione, and André Jacobsen, and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his older sister, Mary Ann Jacobsen, in March 2010. A celebration of his life will be held in June in New Jersey. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to be notified once the date is set. Contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to the Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC. (blueridgehumane.org).