Whitinsville-Paul Vincent Connors, 75, of Falls Church, Virginia, and formerly of Alexandria, VA, and Whitinsville, MA, passed away on May 26, 2021, at Alexandria Hospital due to complications of COVID 19.
He was the son of the late Donald and Anne Connors, and the youngest of their five children, four of whom were girls: brother of Margaret Deutchman and her husband Arnold of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Anne Hurston of Wayland, Kathleen Weaver and her husband Earl of Tucson, Arizona, Mary Gilroy and her husband William of South Dennis, Massachusetts, and was uncle to many nieces and nephews who remember him as very kind, thoughtful, and generous to them and with his extensions of joining him on musical expeditions.
Paul graduated from Northbridge High School class of 1963 and played football for the Rams under coach John Doldorian. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, and was a career employee of the FDIC in Washington, DC., until his retirement ten years ago.
He was devoted to his Catholic faith and sang in church choirs, especially those which had Latin masses. His car license plate read LATNMAS. He loved opera, especially Pavarotti, and attended performances at The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. He also was a regular at concerts that featured rock and roll, folk, alternative country, and bluegrass, and would commonly invite family members to accompany him for an evening of music. Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Kinks and Ray Davies, and The Byrds, the band and its individual members, were at the top of his listening setlists. He’d buy concert mementos for people that he knew who loved the music as he did.
Travel was another of his passions, and he especially enjoyed Ireland and the UK. During the colder months, a wool newsboy cap would be perched on his head which gave him a deeper Irish and Western European look. For most of his adult life he had a neatly trimmed mustache. He also enjoyed the long time Connors family home atop the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic in York Beach, Maine. Paul would travel up from Virginia in the spring to help his sister Anne and other family members get the house ready for the summer season, make financial contributions to its upkeep, and enjoy spending some time with a niece or nephew.
Paul was an individualist and loved a very lively political debate. He had a gift for writing with the ability to choose the appropriate words at the right time which made his sentences come alive on the page. Despite being an intense, serious guy with a conservative opinion on every topic, Paul had a great sense of humor even when he played the dry, straight man role. Then there were the occasions he’d fill with laughter, but more commonly he’d produce a slight smile and let his eyes do the laughing.
His funeral will be held at 11am on Thurs. June 3rd in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to mass from 9:30- 10:30am in Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville. To leave a condolence message for his family please visit: www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com
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