Richard O'Connor

Richard William O'Connor

Tuesday, January 11th, 1949 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

WATERBURY - Richard William O’Connor, age 71, of Waterbury, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, March 30th 2020. He was the loving husband of Lesa O’Connor.

Richard was born on January 11th 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Homer and Dolores (McCorkel) O’Connor. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School (Lancaster, CA) in 1967 and studied Radio Broadcasting at UCLA before moving to the East Coast to begin his DJ career, and Connecticut quickly became his home. He worked at a number of CT radio stations including WPOP, WTIC, and WIOF. Richard was an avid sports fan – with baseball, hockey, and football being his favorites – and an animal lover, especially dogs. Although he admitted that Golden Retrievers were his favorite breed, he never met a dog that he didn’t instantly fall in love with. But above all else, Richard was known among his family and friends for being a kind, generous, and supportive person with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and a deep love for home and family.

Left to cherish his memory, and honor his love and legacy are his children: stepsons Henry, Jason, and Kevin Blanchard, daughter-in-law Janet Blanchard; and daughters Karen O’Connor and Kimberly Carlascio, and his son-in-law Mark Carlascio. He is also survived by his two grandsons, Anthony and Zachary Blanchard, as well as his siblings: Terry O’Connor and his wife, Carol, and Gail Rauch.

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines and associated governmental restrictions regarding the pandemic and since Richard was known for having a “better safe than sorry” mentality, a Memorial Service will be planned and announced once federal restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to an animal rescue organization in his honor. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home has been honored to assist the O’Connor family during this difficult time. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the O’Connor family on William’s tribute page at
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Terry OConnor

Posted at 09:20pm
To Lesa and the kids - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all. Although Ric and I weren’t in regular contact, I find myself deeply saddened by his sudden passing. I’ve been reminiscing a lot about our childhood together these past few days. I was blessed to have a terrific big brother at a time in my life that I needed one. I just wish I could have seen you again Ric. Rest In Peace brother.

Kimberly Carlascio Posted at 06:54am

Thank you, Uncle Terry- Please know that he loved you very much and spoke of you often. He absolutely loved the regular email correspondence -I was usually the one typing them for his! Time and distance can make things hard, but the love was always real. Love, Kim

Jean (Steiginga) Lima

Posted at 09:17pm
With deepest sympathy,
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Michelle Carlascio

Posted at 02:12pm
We are so sorry for your loss ...sending hugs and prayers

Kimberly Carlascio

Posted at 01:49pm
I love you, Dad. Thank you for always being there for me. I could post a million stories and even with every detail, I don’t think anything could capture your light. Love ya, Dadoo

Your Kimmo

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