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Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL

OBITUARY

William Walter O'Connor

February 10, 1937May 18, 2020
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O'Connor, William Walter "Bill", 83, of Parkland, went to be with the Lord May 18, 2020. Bill was born February 10, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late Walter and Catherine (McGee) O'Connor. He earned a degree in physics at St. Mary's University in Minnesota, a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA from Loyola in Chicago. Bill met his wife, Theresa "Terry" on a blind date and got married in 1964. They have six children and twelve grandchildren ranging in age from 1 year to 30 years. They had a beautiful life together until Terry passed away in 1995. Bill worked at Motorola for over 30 years in research and development and management. While at Motorola, he earned several patents in the development of two way radios and worked his way up in the company. Avery interesting thin that Bill was able to do while working at Motorola was to tour the underground at Disney World. One of the many "neat" things about his work was that he had a radio that was able to call a land line before cell phones were available. Before his stroke, Bill would ride his bike to Mass every morning. He enjoyed riding his bike, hiking, fishing and reading his engineering magazines. He has always prided himself as being up on current events. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving children, Catherine (Albert) D'Agostino, Joseph O'Connor, Patricia (Eric) Intihar, Margaret Spanks, William O'Connor, Edward (Dee) O'Connor. grandchildren, Ryan (Courtney Tverberg) D'Agostino, Marnie (Shane) McMahon, Eric D'Agostino, Jenna D'Agostino, Emily Intihar, Katelyn Intihar, Abigail Intihar, Brady Spanks, Kyle Spanks, Claire O'Connor, Holly O'Connor and Danny O'Connor. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 22, 2020, 5:00 -8:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs. Due to Covid-19, visitation will be limited to 50 people at a time. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 9950 NW 29 Street, Coral Springs, social distancing must be followed. Interment to immediately follow Mass.

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    Friday, May 22, 2020

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Cheryl and Dan Russell

May 20, 2020

In loving memory of Bill, our friend since 1964 along with his sweet wife, Terry. We all met at a Motorola picnic in Illinois, young newly weds together, and became good friends. We enjoyed dinners at each other's homes, restaurants & plays in Chicago, & Terry & I went shopping together at the mall a few times. It was a joy to see the children when they were born. Bill & Terry were transferred to Florida many years before we were, but when Dan & I moved there too , we quickly enjoyed getting together once more.

When Dan began working at Motorola in 1964, fresh out of college, Bill guided him in the new technology . Dan was always appreciative of Bill's support. Bill was very intelligent.

Bill also was very proud of his family. He spoke so fondly of his children & grandchildren in every Christmas card he ever wrote. It was apparent that he took great pleasure & pride in his large family. I'm sure you were a wonderful comfort to him after he lost your mom.

We are very sorry for your loss. With our love, prayers & deepest sympathy,
Cheryl & Dan Russell

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