Obituary of Denis Robert O’Connor Sr.

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Denis Robert O’Connor Sr., 85 of Great Barrington died Sunday August 13, 2023 at Kimball Farms in Lenox. He was born on November 4, 1937 in Mt. Vernon NY son of Denis Russell and Mary (Burghardt) O’Connor. Denis graduated from Stepinac High School in White Plains NY. After graduation Denis proudly served his country in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Denis worked as a Carrier, Clerk and Asst. Post Master for the Great Barrington Post Office retiring in 1995 after 35 years. Denis was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington, a member of the Knights of Columbus Mt. Everett Council #513 and former Grand Knight. He enjoyed horses and rescued and trained five mustangs. As a youth he rode with the Ridge Riders, helped herd horses for the G-Bar S Dude Ranch, and worked at the Great Barrington Fair during horse racing times.  He helped with local 4-H groups, and had chickens, horses, cows  and just about any other animal you can think of. Denis’ second wife Joan (Vosburgh) O’Connor predeceased him. Denis is survived by his first wife, Marie (Priore) O’Connor of Great Barrington, two sons, Francis “Frank” O’Connor and wife Maureen of FL and Denis R. O’Connor Jr. and wife Sari of Sheffield, three daughters, Cathy Rueger and husband Bryan of Housatonic, Mary Johnson and husband Jim of FL and Peg Burt and husband Clint of Sheffield his grandchildren and great grandchildren and five step children, Keith Salzman, Michael Salzman, Christine Gallant, Diane Storti, Patricia Madow plus their spouses, children and grandchildren. In addition to his second wife Joan (Vosburgh) O’Connor, Denis was predeceased by a daughter Susan O’Connor and a brother Michael O’Connor.

Funeral Service for Denis Robert O’Connor Sr. will be held on Friday August 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St. Great Barrington MA 01230 with Fr. William P. Murphy officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Great Barrington. Family will receive friends on Friday August 18 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held at Chrissy Farm in Great Barrington from Noon to 3:00 PM on Friday August 18 after the burial. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Denis’ memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation or the Sunny Rose Farm in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

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