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James O'Connor, Former Brewster Fire Dept. Chief, Dies At 74

Former Brewster Fire Dept. Chief James O'Connor died on Wednesday.
Former Brewster Fire Dept. Chief James O'Connor died on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Brewster Fire Department Facebook

BREWSTER, N.Y. -- James O'Connor Jr. -- a lifelong Brewster resident who was chief of the Brewster Fire Dept. from 1981-1982 -- died on Wednesday, Aug. 3. He was 74.

"It is with deep regret that the Brewster Fire Department announces the death of past chief James O'Connor," the department noted on Thursday.

A Navy veteran, O'Connor began working as a carrier at H.H. Park in Katonah. He was then a propane service man with Brewster's Suburban Propane for 20 years, until he retired at the age of 65.

"Once he retired, he enjoyed life to its fullest, relaxing away, watching 'The Price is Right' with his dog Cocoa," information from the funeral home noted. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and birdwatching.

O'Connor is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary; children Joan Milano of Danbury, Connecticut, Julie O'Connor of Brewster, James O'Connor III of Carmel, and John O'Connor of Shawano, Wisconsin; sister Margaret Freeburn of Brewster; and eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Catherine O'Connor.

A mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, in Brewster. Interment will be private. There is no visitation. Beecher Funeral Home, in Brewster, is assisting with arrangements.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, by clicking here, or the American Lung Association, by clicking here.

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