Roger T. O’Connor, Sr.

Roger T. O’Connor, Sr., 75, of Merrimack, NH, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer at home as he had wished with his family at his side peacefully and in the presence of overwhelming love.

Roger was born October 30, 1939, to the late John S. O’Connor and Katherine (Kenney) O’Connor in Lowell, MA, where he attended Keith Academy Catholic High School in 1957, and received his bachelor’s degree in the classics at Merrimack College 1961 in Andover. After moving to California to continue his studies he returned to his hometown, where he began a passionate teaching career that spanned nearly four decades, ending with his retirement in 1998 as the Chairperson of the Humanities Department at Lowell High School. Throughout his career and retirement he maintained an avid interest in antique automobiles, world history, the works of Shakespeare and many other classical authors as well as the latest discoveries in cosmology and science in general.

He was also a skilled craftsman and carpenter and loved to work and build with wood, from doghouses up to and including his and Mary’s first family home in Lowell. He also loved to come up with all kinds of home improvement projects over the years. He loved animals of all kinds and had countless pets from childhood up until his final days. He was a parishioner of St. John Neumann Church in Merrimack and was a member in good standing of the Middlesex Canal Association as well as the Audubon Society.

Early in his teaching career, he met the light and love of his life, Mary (Conroy) O’Connor, to whom he was married in 1971. Mary was the inspiration and source of so much happiness for Roger for the 43 years of their idyllic marriage and together they bore two children with whom he enjoyed trips to the beach, all kinds of games and even a cross country road trip.

Roger is survived by Mary, as well as his sister, Claire Curran, and her husband, Joe Curran, of West Hyannisport, MA, and is predeceased by his brother, John “Jack” O’Connor. He is also survived by his two sons and two daughters, Meghan O’Connor (and her mother, Bridget Herrera); Autumn O’Connor (and her mother, Eunice Grenham); Roger T. O’Connor, Jr.; Timothy O’Connor and his wife, Andrea (Johnson) O’Connor, and their daughters, Maggie and Molly, of Milton, MA; and several nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed by all and was an example of how to live a good and decent life not only for his children and grandchildren to live but for the world as well.

Calling hours were held at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH, on Thursday, February 5, from 5-8 p.m. A memorial service was held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 16 Baboosic Lake Rd., Merrimack, NH, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a procession to St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lowell, MA, for final farewells. To send online condolences or sign an online guestbook, please visit