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Frank O’Connor, printing industry executive

July 24, 1930 – Dec. 23, 2014

Frank O’Connor of Orchard Park, retired printing industry executive, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 84.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Dorothy’s Grammar School on the city’s South Side and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1949. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War as a forward observer and corporal with the first field artillery observation battalion.

He was discharged in 1953 and later attended college on the G.I. Bill, earning a degree in economics from DePaul University in Chicago.

Mr. O’Connor then began a career in the printing industry. He worked for several printing companies during his tenure, including McCall’s, Meredith and Arcata Graphics.

He was Arcata’s human resources manager from 1975 until 1986. When he moved to Western New York to accept the position at Arcata, seven of the nine unions in the plant were on strike. He was instrumental in reaching agreements with each of the union.

During the 1980s, he worked as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo, where he taught collective bargaining.

He also owned and operated Service Bindery in Buffalo from 1989 to 1992.

He was past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Orchard Park and a volunteer at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo for many years.

His wife of 59 years, the former Barbara Hogan, died in December 2010.

Survivors include his daughter, Maureen; three sons, Frank, Michael and Patrick; a sister, Mary Teasdale; and six grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.

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