Etc. -- John A. O'Connor's 1919 obituary
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A lightly edited transcript of a page 11 article from the 2 Oct 1919 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

The Late John A. O'Connor

After a long illness, borne with truly heroic Christian patience and fortified by the last holy rites of the church of which he was always a faithful member, John Albert O'Connor died at his home in LaSalette on Wednesday, 24 Sep 1919, in the 37th year of his age.

His many virtues and admirable traits of character endeared him to a very wide circle of friends and made him always a general favorite, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.

While his many friends prayed devotedly and earnestly for his speedy recovery, he, foreseeing the end, spent many months of his illness preparing for the meeting of the Great Master of life and death. He was conscious to the last moment, his spirit passing peacefully away, fully resigned to the holy will of God.

Besides his sorrowing wife and daughter, there are left to mourn his grief-stricken mother and five sisters, to all of whom is extended the deepest sympathy and greatest consolation of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

The funeral, which took place on Saturday morning, 27 Sep 1919 at 9.30 o'clock at St. Mary's R. C. Church, was very largely attended. 

Requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Mahoney, at the conclusion of which the pastor preached a most eloquent and inspiring sermon from the text, "Many are called, but few are chosen. Come ye blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you." 

He explained that after this life of joy and sorrow Almighty God had a celestial home in heaven prepared for all those who did His holy will in this life. After all, that was the greatest consolation for all who had such a holy, edifying death. 

May his soul rest in peace.


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