Barbara Jane Meade O'Connor

  • Born: June 15, 1934
  • Died: September 5, 2019
  • Location: Fort Myers, Florida

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

The O'Connor family would like to thank all of Barbara's many friends and family who were such an important part of her life We would also like to express our deep gratitude to the many health professionals who were wonderful to Barb over many years

Barbara Jane (Meade) O'Connor died Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Ft Myers, FL. She was the daughter of Dorothy Helen Bush and Arthur Ward Meade and was born June 15, 1934 in Syracuse, NY. She spent much of her early childhood in Pennsylvania, where she lived in Butler and at the Bethesda Children's Home in Meadville. When Barbara was fourteen years old, she moved back to Syracuse and attended Syracuse Central High School graduating in 1952 where she was a member of the girl's volleyball team and an officer in her sorority.

As a high school freshman, Barbara started working and saving for nursing school. She realized her goal, attending Crouse Irving Nursing School upon graduation from high school. Barbara loved her years in nursing school, met many lifelong friends there and was elected president of her senior class. After graduation in 1955, Barbara worked for many years as an RN in Syracuse and Seneca Falls, NY.

In September of 1954, while Barb was a senior at Crouse and Tom O'Connor was attending SU they met at the Varsity. They eloped five weeks after they met and kept their marriage a secret for seven months until Barb finished nursing school. They were happily married for 34 years until Tom's death in 1988. Tom and Barb raised their family in Syracuse, Seneca Falls, and Glenmont NY..

Barbara's nursing training was vital as a volunteer First Responder with the Bethlehem EMS. She also volunteered for many years with the Amercian Red Cross Blood Drive. Her love of bird watching brought her to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where she volunteered for many years.

Barb traveled all over the world, including Africa, Antarctica and the far east. She enjoyed Jeopardy, a good glass of wine, any game (especially pinochle), and Syracuse football. Barbara was also a voracious reader and a ranked bridge player.

Barbara will be fondly remembered by her large extended family and many dear friends for her generous spirit, humor, kindness, laughter, and her joy of life. Her granddaughters will always remember the special outings they shared with their Nana.

Barbara is survived by her four children, daughter Nancy O'Connor Evans and husband John of Tiburon, CA; daughter Susan O'Connor of Cape Coral, FL; Thomas O'Connor of Cohoes, NY; and Anthony O'Connor of Ft Myers, FL; Granddaughters, Caroline Meade Evans of Mill Valley, CA and Polly O'Connor Evans and husband Jakub Karas of Port Chester, NY; brothers, Ret Lt Col Arthur Meade and wife Mary of Edinboro, PA and Robert Meade and wife Michelle of Nazareth, PA.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Thomas Joseph O'Connor who died in 1988; sister Nancy Meade Elliff; brother Don Meade; and brother James Ward Meade.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I wish we had met many years ago, it was nice to connect with family members. Nancy thank you for traveling here with your mom. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sandra Knigge - Lysite, WY - Family   September 24, 2019

Warm, thoughtful, always quick to smile, I always enjoyed my conversations with Barb at our family gatherings. Nancy, my deepest sympathies to you, John, Carrie and Polly and all your family, especially Sue.

Posted by Corky - Family   September 14, 2019

I will always love and miss my Aunt Barb, as I know we all will. She was a major influence in my life and a great friend to many of her nieces and nephews. Im so glad i got to see her last March. RIP Aunt Barb.

Posted by Kathleen "KK' Corbett Jones - Las Vegas, NV - Family   September 13, 2019

Nancy, Sue, Tom, and Andy: I'm very sorry to hear about Aunt Barb's passing. I just saw your FB posting while at the office here in Erbil, Iraq. My prayers are with all of you during this time.

Posted by Andy Corbett - Iraq - Family   September 13, 2019

Thinking of you all.

Posted by Kathy Grogan - Canisteo, NY - Family Friend   September 13, 2019

We are sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. I'm Sure Everybody who met her loved her as we did in Scranton,

Posted by kathleen wademan - Scranton, PA - Family   September 13, 2019

Family Album

Tom and Barb at Barbara's Crouse Graduation Dance
Christmas 2017 Ft Myers, FL
Tom and Barb in Central Park circa 1962
Jakub and Barb at Jakub and Polly's Wedding September 1, 2018

Family Album

Tom and Barb with dear friends Carolyn & Susie
Barb, Aunt Maureen, and Nancy - Family Reunion Binghamton, NY
Aunt Margaurite's Graduation - Mo & Nandy with Barb and Tom
Barb and Tom
Barbara Meade
Barbara and three of her borthers - Bob, Art, and Jim Meade

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Barb with Nancy, Sue, and Tom in Erie PA
Barbara Meade circa 1948
Barb at Jakub & Polly's Wedding - Carrie, John, Nancy, Sue, Polly and Jakub
Barbara with sister Nancy and brothers Don & Jim
Barb & Sue
Carrie & Polly - Barbara took this picture when she took her granddaughters to Rockport, MA

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Barb & Margie at Carey's wedding
John Evans and Barb at wedding 1981
Barn and Nancy in Topsfield circa 1997
Barb and Nancy at Yellowstone - Old Faithful circa 2010
Tom and Barb (John and Nancy's wedding 1981)
Barb with Sue 1957

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Visiting a Winery in New York Barbara, Barb, Margie, Mary, Melissa, Kathleen, Marcia, Polly
Barbara was Syracuse Cook of the Week - 1965 Syracuse Herald American
Family at Aunt Helen's House - Mo & Nandy's 50th Wedding Anniversary
Marica, Nancy, Sue, and Barbara in Canistio
With the Grogans in Canisteo
Tim Conway, Barb, and Andy

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Carrie & Nana
Polly and Nana
Buzz and Barb