May 6, 1932 – Feb. 7, 2013
Lawrence M. O’Connor, an Army veteran, retired business owner and a member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame, died Thursday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda. He was 80.
Born in Wilmington, Del., Mr. O’Connor graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1949. He went on to Canisius, where he was a three-year letter winner for the men’s basketball program.
In 1952, he led Canisius with 18.7 points and 15 rebounds per game. Mr. O’Connor graduated from Canisius in 1953 and was drafted by the New York Knickerbockers. He was enshrined into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Mr. O’Connor served in the Army during the Korean War.
He was president of Business Forms Consultants of Amherst, a company he founded in the mid-1970s. He retired in 1988.
Mr. O’Connor coached the Shamrocks women’s softball and basketball teams for 42 years, leading them to several regional championships and national tournaments. He also coached the Empire State Western Region women’s softball team to numerous gold medals over the years and was inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame.
A longtime resident of the City of Tonawanda, Mr. O’Connor was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Eldredge Club.
He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and a big New York Yankees fan.
Mr. O’Connor is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Doris Deinhart; three sons, Michael, Kevin and John; and three daughters, Terry Douglas, Colleen Gasbarro and Sharon Bidell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.