Obituary: David O’Connor –

David O’Connor

ISLAND FALLS – David O’Connor, 76, died on December 14, 2020. He was born on November 21, 1944 in Millinocket to Edward O’Connor and Gertrude (Bradley) O’Connor. Following the death of his father at the age of 10, David spent the remainder of his childhood in Brooklyn, NY. His love for Maine drew him home and to the University of Maine at Orono, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. David worked for years in training as a consultant in the Katahdin region. He also wrote several books, hunted and fished North America, including Alaska and the Yukon, and won many awards for his writing and photography. Stories about his travels are legendary and are often repeated by his children, grandchildren and their friends. David’s great passion was the Maine outdoors, from bird hunting in the fall to his annual family trip to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway with friends and family. He passed on his love for nature to his children and grandchildren, who honor this heritage at every opportunity. He was an avid gardener who laid out huge gardens every summer, which provided him and his wife Nancy with fruit and vegetables all year round. David and Nancy retired early to continue their travels across the country and Canada, camping, and exploring wilderness areas. In recent years they have settled at Camp Florida in Lake Wales, Florida, and have enjoyed fishing many of the bass lakes in the area. He is survived by his 35-year-old wife, Nancy O’Connor of Island Falls. his two children Karen and husband Brent Rockwell of Island Falls and Sean O’Connor and wife Roberta of Salem, Mass .; Grandsons Eric Rockwell of Gainesville, Florida, and partner Kaitlin Thorp, Cory Rockwell of Mapleton, Maine and partner Cheyenne Unterreiner, and Maya O’Connor and Benjamin O’Connor of Salem, Mass. David are also survived by his sisters Susan O’Connor from Bangor and Anne Marston and her husband Ervin from Bangor; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. David died of his brother John O’Connor; and his grandson Kevin Michael Rockwell. The private funeral will be in the spring. To offer condolences and share memories, please visit

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