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“My Wife and I both Graduated from Chaney in 1972.We were so sorry to hear about Mr. O'Connor's passing. My name is Brad Hardman & my Wife is Lorraine...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Brad hardman

“so sorry for your loss. i always enjoyed seeing mr o Connor in the office.it was a pleasure taking care of him and talking about vmi. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: ray duffett,md

“So sorry. Ted held a special place in our hearts. He will be missed. He lives on on in Wes and Calvin through their music. Shirley take care of...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Doug and Mary Jo Lewis

“Wes and Family,I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. Let God lift you up and carry you as you reflect, remember and rejoice in the...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Carla Amann - Austintown, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss.I always enjoyed talking to Ted when I had the opportunity. Sorry I cannot be at the funeral home as we are going to be...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Stuart

“Mr. O'Connor was the best physics teacher ever. Our most sincere condolences....Chaney Class of 1976 ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Concetta Precurato

“I was very fortunate to have Mr. O'Connor as my Physics teacher at Chaney over 40 years ago! He made learning fun and relevant and made an impact on...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie Kapaun

“I loved this family. I have vivid memories of Mr. OConnor's physics class with the film loops - especially the oscillating bridge! I'm so sorry to...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kelly Van Nostran Karr

“Dear Shirley, Calvin, Wesley and your families,Norma and I share in your mourning and pray that good memories and strong prayers will bolster you in...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John DiRienzo - Canfield, OH


Fredric "Ted" O'Connor, 91, died Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home in Youngstown, with his family by his side. Ted was born March 15, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of the late Fredric T. and Mary Rickert O'Connor. He was a graduate of Chaney High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the V-12 program at Tufts University in Boston. Returning to Youngstown after the war, Ted attended and graduated from Youngstown State University, and did additional study, earning a degree, from Kent State University. Ted began his teaching career at Hillman Jr. High School, and shortly afterwards, was inducted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving as an Infantry Sergeant. He returned to Youngstown, taught a few more years at Hillman, then transferred to Chaney High School, where he taught Physics for 30 years, retiring in 1986. During his teaching career, Ted was the recipient of grants from the National Foundation of Science Institute for continual study at various colleges and universities during the summer months. Among the places he enjoyed the most were at V.M.I. in Lexington, VA, and at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS., where he earned his Master's Degree in Physics. Ted had an avid interest in music, dating back to his earlier years of playing piano in a Dixieland band with his close friends. When he retired, he learned to play the euphonium and tuba, beginning lessons at the age of 68. He became active in community bands, and was a charter member in the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band. He actively played in this band until a few years before his death, and loved the comradeship with fellow musicians. Ted was a long standing member of the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Ohio, Argus Lodge in Canfield, Ohio. He was also a life time member of Y.S.U. and Ole Miss Alumni Associations, and a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. Ted leaves his wife, the former Shirley R. Parker, whom he married on June 19, 1964; a son Calvin (Beverly) O'Connor of Kent, OH.; two step grandchildren, Julie and Danny Rickard; a son, Wesley (Erica) of Austintown; a sister Mary O'Connor Barnhart of Belaire, MD. He was preceded in death by a sister Nancie O'Connor Pierce of Grand Junction, CO. For 52 years, Ted attended the Cornersburg Baptist Church. A Memorial Service will be held at Cornersburg Baptist Church, 3898 Tippecanoe Rd., Youngstown, 44511 on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00P.M.; visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial tributes be made to the charity of one's choice. The family would like to express sincere thanks to M.V.I. Hospice for their concern and care during Ted's final years.