O’Connor, Joe Doraville, GA Samuel Joseph O’Connor, 76, of Doraville died in his home on September 4, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born in Troy, NY, Joe was the oldest of Samuel and Stella. After graduation from Belmont Abbey College, Joe married Dawn on May 27, 1967 – recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1976, Joe moved his wife and 2 sons, Sean and Ryan, from New York to Atlanta where he obtained his law degree. He practiced insurance defense law until his retirement in 2006. Joe enjoyed playing golf in his senior league (SGAA) and was a long suffering Atlanta Falcons Fan. Joe’s passion project was volunteering with St Martin de Porres Food Pantry. Joe is survived by his loving Wife, Dawn, Sons Sean (Kristy) and Ryan (Mary), his grandchildren Patrick and Ryley and sister Martha Wittington as well several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings Ann Ferretti and Sean O’Connor. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 11am on September 8. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St Martin de Porres Food Pantry Holy Cross, 3175 Hathaway Court, Atlanta, GA 30341.

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  1. Dear Dawn and Family,

    Words can’t express how saddened we are for Joe’s loss even knowing it was inevitable. We became friends in 1979 and there are so many fond memories in my heart for such fun times we spent together. As being single at that time, you and Joe took good care of me, something I’ll never forget! Everybody loved Joe. I’m so glad my Bob became close friends with him and that Joe sponsored Bob for membership into the Senior Golf Association of Atlanta. Remember how much we loved them being on the golf courses?? 🙂

    Joe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He loved his church and community and was so well respected by anyone who knew him professionally or as an acquaintance or close friend. A quote I share from a high school friend of mine who recently passed away: “Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is how I remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” In giving this thought, I truly believe this is how Joe would have felt because he was so spirited, enjoyed his life, and being with his family. He would not want us to grieve; however, I can’t say I have no tears now because I do. Just remember that we love you all and while Joe is gone from our sight, he will always live in our hearts and minds. May God speed peace and give all of you strength at this difficult time.

    Love you,

    Cindy & Bob Lacy

  2. Sorry for your lost loved one Joe O’Conner. A person very well liked by all. These scriptures can be of comfort to the family. John 5:28,29 and Rev 21:3-5

  3. Dear Dawn, Sean and Ryan,
    We are so sorry to hear about Joe. Please accept our deepest sympathies–he will be so missed. We will not be here to attend his funeral but will have you all in our hearts and prayers.
    Love, Mike and Linda Hardin

  4. So sorry! Knew Joe from 5:00 o’clock mass and SGAA! Will miss him greatly. Deepest sympathies to you Dawn!

  5. Dearest Dawn and Family,
    “Happiness was truly a fellow called Joe”. How blessed I am to have been the recipient of his kindness, caring ways and his joyous sense of humor. One beautiful soul has ascended to be with our heavenly father.
    May the love of God enfold you and bring peace and comfort.
    Blessings and Love from Penny

  6. Dear Dawn,

    How very sorry I am to learn of Joe’s passing. What a special fellow he was. I always enjoyed seeing him at St. Martin’s and at Church on Saturday. I will surely miss his friendliness. You and the boys and their families are in my prayers.

  7. Hey Dawn,Ryan, Sean. Sorry to hear about Joe. He was a good person and a good friend. I could write about Joe, but it would be a waste of time because everything that I wrote would be good and everyone that knew Joe, knew he was a good person. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND JOE O”CONNOR..

  8. Dawn, so sad to hear about Joe. The SGAA golf league will definitely miss Joe. He was a great man and always provide us with “fine felllowship and good golf”.
    Joe and Judy Roberts

  9. Dawn & Family — Sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. He was a special person to all of us who knew him. His good humor, good works, and good family were special attributes to those of us who came his way. Please accept our condolences.
    Barry L. Johnson

  10. Dawn, I am so sorry to here about Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful basketball coach who set such a good example for the youth at the Doraville Gym. You and him were always giving of your time and your friendship. Praying for you and your family. Love Carol

  11. Dear Dawn
    You and Joe, pillars of our community. Joe will be missed. Joe was my inspiration to serve on the Doraville Planning Commission. He did an outstanding as Chairman and performed a valuable service for our city. Joe was a good guy who generously volunteered his time and talent in a number of ways. May he rest in peace. Respectfully, Carol.

  12. Dear Dawn & Family,
    It was my pleasure to know Joe. May I say he was an accomplished chef! I know. I was pleased to dine with you. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.

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