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John "Jack" O'Connor(1923 - 2014)

John "Jack" O'Connor, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather
passed away in his Palos Verdes Estates home on March 7th,20l4. Jack was
born in Denver, Colorado on January 3Ist,1923 to John and Ramoncita O'Connor. He
grew up in Redondo Beach and attended Redondo Union High School. He studied at
Long Beach City College before joining the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific
during WWII in Iwo Jima and Okinawa aboard the USS Sandoval. At the end of the war,
Jack returned to college and received his degree from USC. He later served aboard the
USS Alshain in the Korean War. In 1951, he married his loving wife Demarious and
transferred to the East Coast with the Navy. In 1953, they moved back to Southern
California and settled in Palos Verdes Estates. He retired from the Navy with the rank of
Lieutenant Commander. Jack worked at Northrop Corporation and retired in 1990 with
37 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and playing golf at
Rolling Hills Country Club. Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Demarious and his
sister, Patricia. He is survived by his six children (and their spouses): Thomas O'Neil,
Michael O'Neil (Joan), Stephen O'Neil (Julia), Jack O'Neil (Carol), Molly O'Neil
Ficarra (Ed), and Dan O'Connor (Barbara). He was a proud and loving grandfather to
twelve grandchildren: Mikael, Tim, Brian, Deanna, Laura, Daniel O'Neil, Rhondee,
Alysha, Daniel Ficarra, Gina, Addison and Katie. He was also a great-grandfather of
eight great-grandchildren: Demarious, Delanie, Sydney, Zoe, Samara, Alec, Aidan, and
Nils. Per Jack's request, he will be buried at sea by the United States Navy. If you would
like to donate on Jack's behalf, the Peninsula Friends of the Palos Verdes Library (www.pvldfriends.org) is one of his favorite charities.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 27, 2014
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