General Assembly


House Resolution No. 11

January Session, 2001


LCO No. 3690


Referred to Committee on No Committee


Introduced by:


REP. LYONS, 146th Dist.

REP. PUDLIN, 24th Dist.

REP. WARD, 86th Dist.

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

REP. FLAHERTY, 68th Dist.

REP. RYAN, 141st Dist.

REP. BERNHARD, 136th Dist.

REP. KNOPP, 137th Dist.

REP. CLEMMONS, 140th Dist.

SEN. GENUARIO, 25th Dist.


WHEREAS, Thomas C. O'Connor of Norwalk, Connecticut, died on January 16, 2001; and

WHEREAS, he was State Representative, representing the people of the city of Norwalk, in 1978, and served on the Committees on General Law and Public Personnel and Military Affairs; and

WHEREAS, he was the Mayor of the city of Norwalk in 1982 to 1983, and was also a member of the Common Council of the city of Norwalk;

WHEREAS, he was a graduate of Fairfield University in its first graduating class, after preparation at St. Mary School, Center Junior High School, and Norwalk High School; and

WHEREAS, he served two tours of duty with the U. S. Navy Air Force, first in World War II and then in the Korean War; and

WHEREAS, he was a history teacher in the junior high school and middle school levels in the Norwalk school system for more than thirty-five years, and also worked nights and weekends for many years as a new car salesperson in Norwalk; and

WHEREAS, he was unstinting in his efforts for veterans, and was considered among the most patriotic persons the city of Norwalk has ever known, having been a major force in resurrecting a World War II Honor Roll in Norwalk, and bringing it up to date four decades after it had been dismantled, and in revitalizing a memorial to a Vietnam War of Honor recipient in the city of Norwalk; and

WHEREAS, he was a founder of the Heritage Wall in Norwalk, which has given a patina of cultural history to the Route 7 entrance ramp;

WHEREAS, he was well known for his support for athletics by young people in Norwalk, rarely missing a sporting event of the Norwalk High School athletic teams, which followed his earlier years as a football player in high school and as a football official of high school games in Fairfield County, a lifetime of dedication for which he was honored by the Norwalk Old-Timers Athletic Association in 2000; and

WHEREAS, he was greatly respected and regarded for his kindness and dedication to the people of the city of Norwalk, considered a very special person with a very big heart; and

WHEREAS, he leaves behind many friends and family including his wife, Jean Vadas O'Connor of Norwalk; his mother, Dorothy Page O'Connor of Norwalk; a son, Daniel T. O'Connor of Bridgeport; a daughter, Colleen O'Connor Caranci of Ashely Falls, Massachusetts; a brother, John P. O'Connor of Norwalk; a sister, Maureen O'Connor McGarty of Norwalk, and several nieces and nephews.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the House of Representatives expresses its sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Thomas C. O'Connor, whose death is a profound loss to the people of Norwalk and to the State of Connecticut; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk of the House of Representatives cause copy of this resolution be sent to the family of Thomas C. O'Connor as an expression of the high esteem in which he was held.