Born:May 10, 1937

Passed Away:October 27, 2013

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Charles Raymond O’Connor

Charles “Chuck” Raymond O’Connor, 76, of Phoenix, passed away on October 27, 2013 after a 14 year battle with cancer. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 10, 1937 to the late James Joseph O’Connor and Margaret Hyland O’Connor.  Over four decades, Chuck taught physical education and science in elementary and high school, served in administration both as athletic director and dean of students, and coached football, wrestling and swimming, along with his first love, baseball.  His baseball coaching career took him from a state championship at the high school level and an additional state championship in American Legion baseball.  He completed his coaching career in junior college.  In 1999, he was named Athletic Director of the Year.  An additional highlight in Chuck’s career was being inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.  He taught swimming each summer and it is estimated he taught 1,300 children to swim. His hobbies included gardening, telling jokes, writing, and swimming. But his favorite was golf. Chuck is survived by his loving spouse of 20 years, Linda; his 5 children, Tim (Teresa) O’Connor, Dan (Karen) O’Connor, Susan (Robert) Ramirez, Sean (Jennifer) O’Connor, Shannon (Shawn) Dukes, and their mother Priscilla Peters; 19 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and 2 step-children, Amy (Scott) Wood, Brad (Stephanie) Waldrop. Private family services will be held at a later date. Contributions in Chuck’s honor may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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13 Memories to “Charles Raymond O’Connor”

  1. Lynn Nordin Welborn says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Kali’s dear Grandpa Charles. May you all hold tight to one another during this difficult time and remember and cherish all the good times you shared. Trevor’s Idaho family is holding you up in prayer.
    God be with you all. Love, Lynn & Jim Welborn

  2. Allan Frostrom says:

    What fond memories my wife Yjordis and I have of time spent with Chuck and Linda when they visited San Diego and we visited Phoenix. Our times together were less frequent than we would have liked, but always delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book of childhood exploits and adventures. Our best thoughts and prayers go out to Linda.
    Allan and Yjordis Frostrom, San Diego CA

  3. Bob and Tina Connelly says:

    Bob and I were so very sorry to hear about Shannon’s dad’s passing. Although we didn’t know Chuck well, we have fond memories of an evening at Dave and Busters in Flagstaff about 25 years ago, when the O’Connors and the Connellys spent an evening with our NAU girls (Shannon and our daughter Kim). What a grand sense of humor he had! Your family will be in our prayers.
    Bob and Tina Connelly, Queen Creek, AZ

  4. Bob Horner says:

    Chuck O’Connor was a driving force in my life. I could have never
    Accomplished the things I have with out his knowledge
    and driving force expecting everyone to give everything
    they have and many times more than we thought we had.
    I owe a lot to him and his family, and want the world to know
    What kind of great person he was. He was tough as he’ll
    but deep down a teddy bear.
    myself and my family are deeply saddened to here of his
    passing and want to tell his family we love them and pray for
    them and are very sorry for their loss.
    God bless all,
    Bob & Chris Horner

  5. Karen & Donovan Grimes says:

    Donovan and I were saddened to read about Chuck’s passing. He was a true educator who taught and coached many young people and I am sure he made a difference in their lives.

    We both were fortunate to have known Chuck and know that he will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and family.

    Karen & Donovan Grimes
    Sun City AZ

  6. Jim Williams says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Coach’s family. When I started coaching at Peoria High School and first played Chuck’s team at Apollo, I was a 2nd year coach but knew immediately that I had just coached against what would become the standard of excellence . He was a great one, on those rare occasions that you won you knew you and your kids had earned it. I learned a lot from him, JW

  7. Jim & Janet Threadgill and Family says:

    We were fortunate to have known and worked with Chuck for nearly 30 years. A man of integrity, warmth and humor. A true friend. His personality drew you to him immediately. He always maintained a calming influence no matter the situation. He was one of those rare individuals who made a positive difference in the lives he touched and left this world a better place simply by him being with us. Ever the Irishman, Chuck sent me this Irish Toast years ago …
    “May you be poor in misfortune
    Slow to make enemies
    Fast to make friends
    But rick or poor, fast or slow
    May you know nothing but happiness.”
    Our prayers are with Linda and all of Chuck’s family.
    God Bless You All
    The Threadgill’s

  8. Patrick Witter says:

    To my friend Linda and the entire O’Connor family my wife Deborah and I extend our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to you on the passing of our dear friend “Charlie”. I know and understand the depth of your loss as a family, as I know I too have lost a colleague, mentor and a dear friend. Chuck does not have to fight the great battle against the dreaded “Big C” any longer and I am so proud of his courage as well as that of Linda.

    I am sure that he is hitting the white golf ball straight and putting the ball in the hole with great accuracy.

    While his passing takes him away from us physically, the events and memories we have and share will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

    Deborah and Pat “Paddy ‘O” Witter

  9. Pete June says:

    Linda and family,
    It was fun knowing Chuck. He was one of the good guys.
    “May the door never be closed and the bottle never be empty.’ God bless.

  10. Diane Bykowski says:

    Dear Linda,

    Although we are very much saddened by Chuck’s passing, we know that he is now in that new and perfected body hitting the ball long and straight as well as coaching a dream team of his choice.

    He fought a valiant battle with you at his side the entire time. His courage, and yours, is admired by many. So, ‘Brother Chuck’, as Tim and Ken called you, you will be missed.

    Our sympathy, prayers and love are with you, Linda, and your family as well.

    Diane and Ken

  11. Lance Mecham says:

    I am very appreciative of Coach O’Connor’s lessons that have stayed with me my entire life. He helped me to learn a lot about myself, in particular being disciplined and always doing your best as the way to become a champion.

    I wish the O’Connor family comfort and peace in this time of loss. God be with you ’till you meet again.

    Lance Mecham

  12. dave bauer says:

    wonderful man, coach and loved his pe class in pe at apollo. got to see him as he exercised at north phx baptist, and we recounted the many years that had passed since. rest well, coach

  13. Michael Dvorak says:

    My apologies; however just heard of the passing of Coach O’Conner. He was an outstanding coach and even better person who brought knowledge, passion and high standards for us as players and as people. I played for him for two years at Apollo High School and two years at Phoenix College and he was someone who encouraged me to dream big but to always maintain balance in life through with hard work, commitment to excellence and academics. My condolences and sympathies to the entire family and hope all are comforted by the substantial impact he made in the lives of others. May God bless your entire family!

    Mike & Larissa Dvorak

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