Retired But Not Retiring

After having moved some twenty-six times during his career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hal O’Connor is more than happy to settle in Williamsburg.  Hal was the Associate Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he managed seven different Wildlife Refuges from Maine to Florida. He retired as the Director of the Patuxent Wild Life Research Center in Laurel Maryland. It was in that position as the Director of the largest Wildlife Research center in the world that Hal did most of his foreign travel advising other countries on wildlife management, including endangered species.   

Hal, along with his late wife, Connie, moved here in 1995 and joined Saint Bede parish, immediately becoming involved in several of the ministries.  He has been a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, taught CCD, been involved with Social Ministry and served on the Pastoral Council from 1996 to 1999.  Hal is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.   In 1997, Monsignor Carr suggested the Pastoral Council look into forming Small Faith Groups to allow parishioners the opportunity to learn more about their faith. Under the leadership of Tommy Thompson, the members and spouses of the Pastoral Council began a pilot program. The Small Faith Group in Governors Land that sprung from the Pastoral Council Small Faith Group continues to the present and is the longest continuously operating Small Faith Group in the parish. 

Although his paternal grandmother was a devout Catholic and he had been baptized as an infant, Hal was not raised a Catholic.  It was during his studies at the University of Buffalo, where he earned a degree in Environmental Sciences, that he became involved with the Neumann Club on campus and discovered his Catholic faith.  And it was while he was in college that he met his wife, Connie. They celebrated 50 years of marriage on February 19, 2005.

Currently Hal heads the Cemetery Committee, and has been intimately involved in our beautiful Columbarium since 2001.

 

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