John Patrick Connor, of Overland Park, passed away on November 19, 2015, after a long illness.
Funeral Mass will be at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 4th at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W 127th St, in Overland Park with visitation from 3:30-4:30.
John Patrick was born in Kansas City, MO, the son of William and Helen (Buford) Connor. He grew up in Garden City, NY and Prairie Village, KS. John, also known as “Pat” to most of his family, graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School where he played in all of the bands and orchestras. He also played in the Kansas City Youth Symphony. JP earned a music education degree from Wichita State University and a law degree from the University of Kansas. He obtained his CPCU designation and spent much of his career as a claims attorney and claims director. JP stayed active in music, playing trombone with the Overland Park Orchestra for nearly 30 years. He also played with other area bands and orchestras and sang in the Ascension Choir.
JP loved sports and history. He especially enjoyed researching family history and was once featured in the Star for his work with the Lenexa Historical Society. JP made friends easily and enjoyed intellectual discourse with others on a wide variety of topics.
John Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mike, his beloved aunts and uncles Genny and George O’Laughlin, Mary (Pum) and Phil Koury, Betty and Jim Monahan, Patricia Fitzgerald, Jody Kellerman and James Wellington Buford. He was married for 29 years to Cynthia Goodwin Connor. In addition to Cynthia, John Patrick is survived by sons Jack of Chicago and Timothy of Overland Park, brother Chris (Kathie) Connor of Cherry Hill, NJ, sister Pam (Mark) Jones of Marion, KS, sister-in-law Charmaine Connor of Lenexa, aunt Ruthie (Don) Scheier, uncle Larry Fitzgerald, nine nieces and nephews and many cousins. He is also survived by his aunt Alice Campbell who provided a loving home for JP and his sister Pam after the death of their parents. John Patrick was much loved and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank JP’s cousin Brian O’Laughlin of Funeral Advocates for his assistance with arrangements.