Thomas Leo O'Connor

December 29, 1933December 3, 2018
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O'Connor, Thomas Leo "Chico" (Retired employee of the City of Oshawa; Former hockey legend of the original Whitby Dunlops (1958 World Champion's) Peacefully surrounded by family at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Monday, December 3rd, 2018, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Beaupre) of 42 years. Loving father of Tamara O'Connor and Janis Henderson. Cherished grandfather of William Rossiter (Katherine Bawks): and great grandfather of Brodey and Ethan. Survived by siblings Anne Gallas (late Mike), Kathleen Hooey (Gary), and predeceased by Ted O'Connor. Survived sister - in - law Maddy O'Connor. Fondly remembered by sister - in - law Berniece Beaupre (Late John) and cousin Bob Keenan (Maxine). Will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom will be remembered for being the life at the party with his creative dance moves; his wonderful caring disposition. He spent a lot of time playing golf, hockey, and baseball. Special thank you to Dr. Zalewski and nurse Kelly; the palliative care team; nurse Cindy and the PSW's for the care. Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King St. W. (905-721-1234) on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm. and on Monday, December 10th, from 10:00 am until time of Celebration of Life service in the chapel at 11:00 am. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online tributes may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 10, 2018

Thomas Leo O'Connor



If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Thomas Leo O'Connor. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Thomas was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Thomas was born on December 29, 1933 at Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa, Ontario. He was the son of Veronica and Leo O'Connor. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Thomas was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Thomas's personality throughout his life.

      Though Thomas was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Thomas was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Thomas worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Thomas was raised with three siblings, Ted, Anne and Kathy. Thomas and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Thomas was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Thomas was always tactful. One thing Thomas will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Thomas had a number of interests and was an active child. He took part in baseball and hockey. In his spare time he liked street hockey and baseball.

      For Thomas, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Thomas was also adept at details. He was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. Thomas attended O'Neil CVI. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favourite classes and teachers. His favourite class in high school was gym.

      There was one thing that all of Thomas's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Thomas was such a popular person throughout his life. But Thomas was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Thomas was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Thomas was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Thomas was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Thomas was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Thomas made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ev Edwards and Bob Keenan. Later in life, he became friends with Mike Gallas.

      Thomas was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Thomas cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On December 15, 1969 Thomas married Marie Claire Beaupre at City Hall in Oshawa, Ontario. Compassionate and devoted, Thomas worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Thomas and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Thomas was blessed with two daughters, Tamara and Janis. He was also blessed with one grandchild, William and two great grandchildren, Brodey and Ethan. Thomas was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Thomas was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Thomas would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Thomas, and he expected the same from those around him. Thomas was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Thomas was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Thomas handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was as a City Worker. He was employed for 35 years with the City of Oshawa. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, Thomas enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favourite pursuit was sports.

      Thomas was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Thomas was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Thomas played hockey and baseball. Recreational sports included hockey, baseball and golf. Thomas also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favourite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were hockey, baseball, football and golf.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Thomas to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Thomas did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, Thomas was an active member of the Oldtimers Hockey.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Thomas well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      A generous and compassionate man, Thomas accomplished much during his lifetime. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Thomas was recognized and given awards for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Allen Cup and World Series 1958 with the Whitby Dunlops.

      Not only did Thomas enjoy travelling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favourite places. Favourite vacations included Arizona, Myrtle Beach and Florida.

      Since it was easy for Thomas to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Thomas was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1998. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing golf. Even in retirement, Thomas stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

      Thomas passed away on December 3, 2018 after a brave battle with cancer, at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and siblings Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home.

      Thomas was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Thomas was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Thomas Leo O'Connor.