William Robert O’Connor ✵ 1941-2010

Name at birth:    WIlliam Robert O'Connor 
Date of birth:    02/13/1941 
Place of birth:   San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA 
Date of death:    04/24/2010 
Place of death:   Roseville, Placer, CA USA 
Place of burial:  Rocklin, Placer, CA USA

Submitted by: Melody OConnor (

William Robert O’Connor was a kind, decent and soft-spoken man who loved his wife, Melody Dawn Spencer, for a wonderful forty-five years. He loved all of his children: William Robert (Elizabeth Peltier), Sean Patrick and Shelley Dawn (Robert Johnson) and his three beautiful grandsons: Maxim Alexandre Osipov, Sean Henry Liam O’Connor and Jesse Robert Johnson very much.

William was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas Roland O’Connor (1945) and Jean Marguerite Smith (1972) and his brother, Walter Richard O’Connor (1973). He is survived by his brother, Thomas Roland O’Connor (Joann Versino) and his nephews: Thomas Roland O’Connor, Jr. (Christine Vincent) and John Michael O’Connor (Shandra Konshak) and a niece, Joan Margaret O’Connor (Mark Smith) and Tanya O’Connor Russell and several great-nieces and great-nephews: Katie, Thomas, Kelly, Nicholas, Ashley, Daniel, Ryan, Andrew and, Walter Russell. He is also survived by his loving aunt, Madeline Smith (Edward Ahlf _ deceased 2003).

William was an automobile mechanic by trade – he loved working on cars! At the time of his retirement (2001), he was an “Equipment Supervisor” for the City of South San Francisco, CA. He worked in that position for 26 years. William moved to Rocklin, Placer, CA to enjoy his retirement years in a new home – free of stairs that he didn’t want to climb anymore! His new house was a single-level home and he enjoyed watching his home being built.

His major enjoyment in life was cars! He worked as an auto body man for many years at his own business at 7252 Mission Street in Daly City, CA and he built two cars for his personal use: 1932 Ford 5-window coupe and 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. He enjoyed going to classic car shows and his weekend passion after retirement was watching NASCAR races on television where he rooted for Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin to win big! I will continue to watch the races … with you sitting at my side!

He wasn’t much of a vacation traveler, but he did take a couple of trips to Disney World in Florida. One memorable trip there was with his daughter, Shelley … he teased her that he purchased a home and would be moving to Florida. But, it was just a tease … after a long 13-hour flight from CA to FL, he knew that he could not live there and be so far away from his daughter and sons in CA.

I guess there is not much more to say except that I met William in 1960 and I married him in 1965 … he was the one constant in my life and “I stepped into the heart of a friend and found a home” is what we each did for each other.

My husband, you are finally resting in peace and comfort after several years of being in chronic discomfort and pain. A Vince Gill song says, “Go Rest High On That Mountain” … you are so loved and missed down here on Earth. Your family will see you again one day … please, just watch over us for now. You are our Guardian Angel!

I love you Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Always!

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