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John Thomas Conner

August 24, 1937 October 23, 2018
John Thomas Conner
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Obituary for John Thomas Conner

LCDR (Ret) John T. Conner 81, loving husband and father, and formerly of Winston Salem, NC, passed away in his sleep on Oct. 23, 2018 after losing his fight with dementia and Alzheimer’s living at home in Chesapeake with his son John and daughter-in-law, Colleen.

Born Aug 24, 1937, he was the son of the late Daniel B. Conner and Anita F. Conner.

“Jack” was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. He married Dolores “Dee” Kelleher, on Oct 9, 1957 and they began a 23 year adventure with the United States Navy. They traveled the country raising three sons. He started his navy career out as an enlisted man in 1956 and rose to the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. At this point he was selected for Officer’s Candidate School and became an Ensign in the Supply Corps. While serving he earned a Master’s Degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey Ca. After 24yrs of service he retired as a Lt. Commander in 1980. He then started a 19 year career with AMP Incorporated starting in Harrisburg, PA and then relocated to Winston-Salem, NC in 1983 where they settled in for 32 years.
An avid golfer, after retiring he spent a lot of time with his friends playing several times a week at the Pine Brook CC (now known as Maple Chase) and going on annual golf trips to Myrtle Beach with his family and friends
He moved to Chesapeake, VA in September 2015 with Dee to tend to her while she battled with her illness and injuries. She passed in November after 58 years of marriage. He decided to remain in Chesapeake with his family

Jack is survived by his children, John Jr and wife Colleen of Chesapeake, VA, Michael and wife Lisa of San Antonio, TX, and Phillip and former daughter-in-law Annie of Las Vegas, NV. who he remained close to over the years; his grandchildren, Brianne Conner-Lubisich and husband Matt, Brittany Conner-Alt and husband Cody, Sean Conner, Ryan Conner, Caroline Conner, Daniel Conner, Matthew Conner, and William Conner; and four great-grandchildren, Jamison Alt, Adalee Alt, Killian Lubisich, Carson Alt and his three brothers Donald Conner and wife Kathy of Odessa, FL, Howard “Butch” Conner and wife Barbara of New Castle, DE and Daniel B. Conner Jr. of Wilmington, DE along with a large extended family and friends who he loved very much. He will always be remembered as someone who cared deeply for his family and was always there to help and support his family and friends.

A small private family ceremony will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday Dec 14th where his urn will be interred next to Dee’s. A Celebration of Life for Jack will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 pm Friday December 14, 2018 at Docklands Riverfront, 110 S. West St. Wilmington DE 19801.
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Celebration of Life




12:30 PM 12/14/2018 12:30:00 PM - 3:30 PM 12/14/2018 3:30:00 PM
Docklands Riverfront

110 S. West Street
Wilmington , DE 19801

Docklands Riverfront
110 S. West Street Wilmington 19801 DE
United States

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