James F. O’Connor, 79, of Wellesley and Sippewissett died June 9 at his home in Wellesley.
He was the husband of Anne M. (Morgan) O’Connor.
A Boston native and the son of William and Frances (Hanrihan) O’Connor, he was raised in Jamaica Plain.
Following his graduation from Boston Latin School with the Class of 1958, he furthered his education at Boston College; there, he was a member of the Gold Key Society and Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, and was graduated in 1962. He remained an active member of the BC community for the rest of his life.
Mr. O’Connor pursued his graduate studies in Switzerland, completing his master’s degree at the Swiss School of Economics and Business.
After returning to the United States, he married his college sweetheart, Anne Morgan, on October 9, 1965, at St. Theresa’s Church in West Roxbury.
The couple made their home in West Roxbury, and Mr. O’Connor worked as a certified public accountant for the Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm. He moved his family to Wellesley in 1970 and later took a position with SW Industries, a division of British Tire and Rubber, serving as the chief financial officer. Years later, he served in several financial and operational leadership positions with British company BBA.
In the late 1990s Mr. O’Connor formed The Chartwell Group, a merger and acquisitions firm, and served as managing director for more than 20 years. He continued working and participating on multiple boards of directors until shortly before his death.
Throughout his life, he was dedicated to his Catholic faith, volunteering with the Archdiocese of Boston and assisting Jesuit Priests. As an accomplished member (GCMOb) of the Order of Malta, he held leadership positions in the United States and around the globe. He also supported veterans as a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
In Falmouth Mr. O’Connor was nicknamed the Mayor of Racing Beach.
In addition to his wife, he leaves their children, Christopher M. O’Connor of Holliston, Carolyn O’Connor of Mashpee, and Edward J. O’Connor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and several grandchildren.
Interment was to take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury.