Biography of John J. O'Connor
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JOHN JOSEPH O'CONNOR - Among those who are successfully engaged in the embalming and funeral directing business in The Bronx is John Joseph O'Connor, whose office and funeral parlors have been located at No. 113 East Tremont Avenue, The Bronx, since 1911. Mr. O'Connor is well known as a scientific and expert embalmer and his tact and courtesy in the conduct and management of funerals have won for him the sincere commendation of those whom he serves.

John Joseph O'Connor was born in the building at the corner of Twenty third Street and First Avenue, New York City, son of John O'Connor, a native of County Cork, Ireland, and of Hannah (Cronin) O'Connor, who was also a native of County Cork. He attended old Grammar School No. 40, and when he was fourteen years of age began work in a lawyer's office, where he remained but a short time, leaving to enter the employ of Lord & Taylor, with whom he remained for three years. At the end of that time he entered the employ of Mr. McTigue. who was engaged in the embalming and funeral directing business at the corner of Twenty eighth Street and Third Avenue. Here he learned the business which in later years he was to follow, but he was not yet ready to settle down to that business, and after learning the business he left McTigue and entered the lace importing house of Lahey and Dubord on Broome Street, where he remained for a period of seventeen years. At the end of that time, when Louis Haffen was commissioner of streets and highways in The Bronx, Mr. O'Connor became one of his assistants. This connection made him thoroughly familiar with The Bronx and its needs and possibilities, and in 1911 he made use of the knowledge he had gained in the old undertaking establishment of McTigue and engaged in the undertaking business for himself, locating at No. 113 East Tremont Avenue. where he has continued to the present time (1927). During the sixteen years which have passed since he established his business here he has built up a large and important patronage and has fairly earned an enviable reputation as a skilled embalmer and a tactful director of funerals. His many satisfied patrons have steadily given him the commendation which wins other customers, and his integrity, in handling the business details of his profession, has placed him high in the esteem of his associates.

Mr. O'Connor is well known in fraternal circles, being a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 871, of The Bronx; of St. Martin of Tours' Council, Knights of Columbus; of Wakefield Council, Royal Arcanum; and of the R. T. Hutchinson Catholic Benevolent Legion. He is a member of the North End Democratic Club of The Bronx, and his religious affiliation is with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Margaret Mary, which he serves as sexton.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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