December 6th, 1940 - January 25th, 2022
Harvey Wheeler O’Conor of Harrisville, New Hampshire and West Palm Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2022 at the age of 81.
Harvey was born on December 6th, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts to Margaret Ford O’Conor and Charles Wheeler O’Conor. He grew up with his two sisters, Patricia and Carolyn, and his brother Paul in Belmont attending Belmont Hill School as a member of the graduating class of 1958. As a boy, Harvey loved to play sports and rowed crew. Harvey attended Harvard University graduating in 1962 and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 1966.
Soon after graduating from business school Harvey was blessed with his first three sons with Charlotte O’Conor: George, Christopher and Thomas. Harvey and his family enjoyed life in McLean, Virginia. Harvey embodied the same entrepreneurial spirit as his father and found business success by buying and bringing New Hampshire based Findings Inc to prominence. Harvey lived in many places across the globe including New England, Virginia and Switzerland. Harvey’s marriage to Kristina Ryan brought three more sons into his life: Kevin, Philip and Ryan. Harvey continued his dedication to his 6 sons through his life as an avid fan of all their sports and constant supporter in all their endeavors. Harvey also loved his many dogs who are surely waiting for him.
Harvey loved a wide-open golf course and the serenity of a crystal-clear lake. He enjoyed passing along the joys and pains of the game of golf to his sons and teaching them the art of perfectly docking his boat back at the lake house. He loved supporting his sons in their sporting feats, occasionally taking issue with the refs but always being their biggest fan. Harvey lived for creating meaningful connections with people of all walks of life including through his “Cosmo” evening cruise around Silver Lake. He made many great friends, fostering these precious relationships throughout his lifetime. Harvey was a lifelong fan of Boston’s sports teams and would always be ready with a sharp analysis of a recent Red Sox game or Tom Brady’s prowess for the Patriots.
Harvey really enjoyed the creativity of business, whether in creating new companies, turning them around or just running them well. Harvey was a member of YPO, acting as chairman of the Swiss Chapter, and he cared deeply for his Forum mates. Harveys business interests were varied and included Jewelry manufacturing in the US to retailing PC’s in Europe. He took immense pride in his business achievements and truly appreciated the many people that he employed throughout his career. Harvey enjoyed his retirement in West Palm Beach finding love later in life with his partner Diane Ousterling. Along with his childhood friend Carl Norris, he took pleasure in going out to eat great meals and enjoyed fine Italian wine.
Harvey is proudly survived by his six sons, George, Christopher, Thomas, Kevin, Philip, Ryan and his partner Diane Ousterling as well as his eight amazing grandchildren. He also leaves behind his three siblings Patricia, Carolyn and Paul as well as dearly loved brother and sister in-laws and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the COPD Foundation at [email protected]
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