Connors, Daniel Bernard
Webster. Passed away March 18, 2008, age 50. Husband, best friend, and soul mate of Kathy Jo B. Connors, who survives. Also survived by his parents, Edward and Esther Connors, Gates, NY; six brothers and four sisters-in-law: Robert (Judy) Connors, Ashburn, Virginia; John Connors, Jackson Heights, NY; Lawrence (Mary) Connors, Green Bay WI; Joseph (Jaya) Connors, Delmar, NY; Thomas (Cathy Nadeau) Connors, Penfield, NY; James Connors, Pulaski, NY; parents-in-law: Herbert A. Jr and Mary Kathern Beadle, Sodus, NY; brothers (sisters)-in-law: Herbert A. III (Rebecca) Beadle, Webster, NY; Keith (Joan) Beadle, Webster, NY; several aunts, uncles and cousins; fourteen nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother-in-law and friend, Craig Beadle; one sister-in-law, Cheryl Lynn Beadle. Also survived by Molly, his faithful dog who loved Dan's gentle firm leadership, and Dixie Lee and Gunnar, now deceased, other members of his pack. Dan was an optician at Wilson Health Center Optical Services and found great pleasure from providing volunteer optical services at local facilities serving the elderly. A former member of the Irondequoit Fish and Game Club, Dan loved fishing and camping in the Adirondacks and Wayland, NY, and the mountains of Pennsylvania; Proud Irish member of Polish American Club, where he enjoyed bluffing friends at the poker table; Dan was a passionate chef who specialized in BBQ and Cajun-inspired feasts, and an accomplished billiards player. Dan's mischievous smile and altar boy- inspired service ethic bettered the lives of the countless individuals who were fortunate to cross the first part of Dan's life journey. Dan and his family extend special thanks to the compassionate medical providers at Rochester General Hospital's Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Robert E. Connors (Dan's Brother)
A belated thanks to all who attended Dan's viewing a few years ago, and have passed on kind words of sympathy. Dan left us too early, perhaps because of some bad lifestyle habits involving cigarettes and alcohol, which were probably medications for some deeper stress, and probably rooted in his childhood. He passed on at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. For twenty years while on active duty in the Navy, I saw him only a few days each year, and rarely spoke to him on the phone, thinking that upon my retirement we would be able to spend more time together fishing. Unfortunately that did not happen. I did see him about a year before he passed when we both went to Ireland. We were together on the bus, but he also spent some time, of course, with his dedicated wife, Kathy Jo. At one point during the trip we were separated, and I saw him coming up the street. I said, Dan, we should go to this bar I just saw, it is named O'Connors, just like our family name. He replied, "Bobby, I've already been there."
I will miss Dan dearly, and think about him regularly, and how I failed to reach out to him during his life. All I can recommend is to never defer reaching out to those in pain, and establishing personal relationships, especially within your own family, regardless of distance. I wil always remember that Dan was a bit more on the wild side than me, be it with his Dodge Dart, exploits in the Irondequoit flats playing his drums loudly over his landlord's residence, his Yamaha 650 (he actually had one stolen and bought another), his fine billiards playing, and he was also quite a poker and euchre player. I will remember our times growing up on St. Paul Blvd, the many late night basketball games with Carl Ruoff and friends, and our vacations in the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands.