Shrewsbury – John W. “Jack” Connors Jr., 84, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully in the comfort of his home Sept. 13, 2019 with his family by his side.
Born in South Boston and raised in Worcester, Jack was the son of John and Julia (Quinlan) Connors. He was educated in Worcester as well, graduating from St. Peter’s High School and College of the Holy Cross in 1956. Jack then went on to serve in the U.S. Marines, where he sang with the Marine Corps Glee Club in Okinawa, Japan on the Bob Hope Show, after which he pursued a career in law. He graduated from Boston College Law School in 1961, the same year he married the love of his life, Andrée T. (Witkege). Jack was admitted to the Worcester County Bar Association in 1962.
His career began at Travelers Insurance, and after some time, moved on to form Connors and Doyle Attorneys at Law in Worcester. Later, he created Connors and Dorsey Attorneys at Law. He then opened his own private practice, which he continued to operate until 2017, with the assistance of his son, Thomas.
Always finding time for his faith, Jack would attend noon Mass daily at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester. He also frequented Saint Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury and belonged to their Men’s Choir. On weekends, Jack loved to stay active by playing tennis and golf with friends. A man of many talents and trades, Jack had his pilot’s license and frequently flew in and out of Worcester Airport; he also worked as a seasonal police officer at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis in 1961.
In addition to his loving wife, Andrée T. (Witkege) Connors, Jack is survived by his seven children, Maria C. (Connors) Kaplan and her husband Andrew of Bowie, Md., John W. Connors III and his wife Janey of Arlington, Va., Thomas M. Connors of Worcester, Andrew A. Connors of South Barre, Peter J. Connors of Worcester, Nicholas E. Connors of Shrewsbury, and Patrick M. Connors of Shrewsbury; five grandchildren, Julia, Laura, Joseph, Stephen, and Mary; two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Madeline; sister, Helen O’Malley of South Bend, Ind.; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and his beloved dog, Queenie. Jack was predeceased by his parents and one son, Christopher Q. Connors, along with his sisters, the late Emma, Marguerite, Lillian, and Mary.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jack’s family Thursday, Sept. 19, between 4-7 p.m., at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, followed by burial with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, 20 Summer St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545; Problem Pregnancy, 495 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01609; or Visitation House Inc., 119 Endicott St., Worcester, MA 01610.