Joseph J. O'Conor, 92, a newspaperman and an educator for more than 60 years, died peacefully in Atlantic Beach, Florida on May 2, 2018.  He grew up in Forest Hills and Shelter Island, New York, lived in Toledo, Ohio for over fifty years and spent his last decade at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ann(Skip), children Maryann (Rick Deak), Joe (Sharon), Bill (Wendy), Casey (Kathy), Richard (Anita), Jim (Pat) and 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
O'Conor began his newspaper career in New York City in 1945 as a copy boy on the New York Journal American: he ended that part of his career in 1984 when he retired as Managing Editor of The Toledo Blade in Toledo, Ohio.  
After leaving The Blade, O'Conor began teaching journalism, first at the University of Toledo and then at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI.
O'Conor attended undergraduate school at Georgetown University, and was graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law. He passed the Ohio bar exam in 1959. He practiced law for a time but could not give up his love for the newspaper business.
O'Conor served in the Army with the 31st and 43rd Infantry Divisions.
There was a Memorial Mass on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.  He will be interred on Shelter Island, New York. The family thanks all who supported and cared for him over the years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest tributes to benefit St. Francis de Sales High School or St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio.


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