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Edward R. "Chucka" Connors, age 72, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston on May 5, 1951, he was the son of the late William and Claire (Quigley) Connors. He was raised on Ames Court in Sharon, Massachusetts, attending Sharon Public Schools. During high school, on the weekends, he worked at his Uncle Eddie’s bar, Connors’ Tavern, in Boston. Following his graduation from Sharon High School in 1969, Chucka enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War. He was stationed aboard the USS Great Sitkin and took several courses to attain the rank of Boatswains Mate Third Class. He was honorably discharged in March of 1973, returning home to Sharon.
Chucka married his beloved wife, Susan M. St.Germain, on November 16, 1973, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Sharon. The young couple made their home together in Foxboro, and Chucka took a job with the Foxboro Company, working the night shift as a machine operator. During the day, he worked alongside his friend, running C&M Tree Service. After Susan and Chucka purchased their first house in Sharon in 1977, he returned to his education, earning his associate degree from Fisher Junior College.
In 1987, Chucka began his career with Muzi Ford City, first as a service writer, before being promoted to service manager, and eventually stepped into the role of facilities manager. While in this role, he was able to oversee several major projects, including the building of the carwash, and the maintenance of the koi pond and Japanese garden. His favorite time of year at the dealership was Christmas, when he designed and set up the beautiful light display with his two sons and their friends. It was one of the many times he found opportunity to selflessly mentor and guide the younger generation. He also proudly wore a custom-made costume that Susan sewed, as he dressed up as Santa at all the Muzi Christmas parties. Chucka then went in on a business venture with his nephews, forming Connors Hershman Homecare Plus, providing landscaping services. From there, he went on to work for Local 104, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He was accepted into the union as a heavy equipment operator, providing service for over ten years until his retirement in 2014.
Throughout his life, Chucka loved being outdoors. Growing up in Sharon just down the street from Lake Massapoag, he could be found on the shoreline casting his line into the water to catch "the big ones" that the lake offered. As a young boy, Chucka often vacationed with his family in Falmouth, where he got a taste of saltwater fishing. After welcoming his own children, he continued the tradition of spending time with his family in Falmouth, where they could be found on the beach looking for sea glass, flyng a kite, fishing, and always ending the night at the Dairy Queen. Chucka was an avid golfer, spending many days on the links with family and friends. In more recent years, he and Susan spent winters at their condo in Punta Gorda, playing with their many friends at Twin Isles Country Club. He would strive to squeak in at least sixty rounds during his winter stay in Florida. It doesn’t matter if Chucka was in Florida or at home in Massachusetts, he loved playing cards with his buddies. As long as there was a chip and a chair, he was all in.
Most of all, Chucka loved being surrounded by his family. He was a dedicated husband of almost 50 years to his wife, Susan, and loved being a Dad to Brian, Paul, and Chrissy. Chucka was elated to earn the title of Gramps, spending countless hours with his grandchildren and supporting them in all of their activities. His family extended well beyond his children and grandchildren, encompassing his siblings, in-laws, and friends alike. He was willing to help anyone in need and always left a tremendous impression on everyone he met.
Beloved husband of Susan M. (St.Germain) Connors.
Loving father of Brian E. Connors of Foxborough, Paul W. Connors and his wife, Breanna, of Foxborough, and Christine E. Connors of Wrentham.
Cherished grandfather of James, Kaelin, Jacalyn, Liliana, and Edward.
Brother of William E. Connors and his wife, Rosemarie, of Naples, FL, Janet M. Hershman and her husband, Robert, of Norton, and Robert A. Connors and his wife, Elizabeth, of Easton.
Also survived by his father-in-law, Arthur St.Germain, of Port Charlotte, Florida and many loving nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Chucka's Life Celebration on Friday, September 8, 2023, from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.
All are invited to gather in the funeral home on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 9:00 AM prior to Chucka's Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in Our Lady of Sorrows, 59 Cottage Street, Sharon at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private at the request of the family.