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Lloyd James O'Connor, 81, a former Niagara County legislator and decorated World War II veteran, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) in Elmira's Arnot Ogden Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Niagara Falls, Ont., on July 29, 1920, and later became an American citizen.

He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and attended Niagara University before joining the U.S. Army Air Forces.

He served in World War II as a flight engineer and gunner on missions in the European theater, including the Normandy Invasion, and was partially disabled during his service. He received an Air Medal with silver and bronze clusters.

A plumber by profession, he represented the LaSalle community in the Niagara County Legislature from 1975 to 1985, when his son Sean was elected to fill his seat. As a legislator, he served on the county Board of Health. He also was plumber for the City of Niagara Falls.

O'Connor was a 35-year member of Local 12 9/2 2 of the Steamfitters and Plumbers Union, serving as secretary and teaching in the apprenticeship program.

He was an active member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, serving as an usher and member of the church building committee. A member of the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Knights of Columbus, he also was active in the Boy Scouts. He was a former president of the Bishop Duffy Men's Club and member of the Bishop Duffy Booster Club.

He was a former director of the LaSalle Businessmen and Professionals Association and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ancient Order of Hibernians and LaSalle Sportsman's Club.

Survivors include his wife, Anne E.; five sons, Patrick T. of Columbia, Md., Timothy F. of Big Flats, Kevin M. of Eldersburg, Md., Danny B. of Frederick, Md., and County Legislator Sean J. of Niagara Falls; a sister, Irene Doeing of East Aurora; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday in Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Prince of Peace Church, 1040 Cayuga Drive. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.

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