LEWISTON, Maine - E. Robert O’Connor Jr. died Aug. 21, 2007, shortly after arriving at the Central Maine Medical Center. O’Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland, March 14, 1962. His heating company, Patriot Heating, Auburn, Maine, performed a great deal of charitable work, such as installing a heating system for The Root Cellar, a safe house for immigrants in need.

Before opening his own company, O’Connor worked for local contractor Paul Dupuis for many years. He also was a member of the National Oil Service Manager Association, Pine Tree Chapter, and served on many boards for the City of Auburn. His interests included fishing, wildlife, and restoring old cars and motorcycles. He is remembered for having “a wide circle of lifelong friends whom he treasured very much and who will miss him terribly,” and for being dedicated to his four pets: Leila and Derby (dogs) and Merlin and Smoky (cats). O’Connor was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Lou (Edelbach) and Edward R. O’Connor. He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Haynes) O’Connor; stepmother, Marcella Mary (McDonald) O’Connor; sister, Mary Joan O’Connor; and mother- and father-in-law, Leo and Theresa Haynes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oil Heat Cares, c/o Alan R. Mercurio, 1481 Route 213, Ulster Park, N.Y. 12487. Please make checks payable to Oil Heat Cares.

Publication date:09/10/2007