Family’s tribute to friendly Hugh

Hugh O'Connor for obituary.
Hugh O'Connor for obituary.

A family has paid tribute to a “well liked” former Halifax rugby league player following his death at the age of 90.

Hugh O’Connor died peacefully at Alwoodleigh Nursing Home, Edgerton, Huddersfield, on Sunday, July 19.

Mr O’Connor was born in Halifax in 1924, the town where he lived for most of his life.

He served as a radio operator in the Royal Navy in the late 1930’s to the early 1940’s for around three years and on his return, had a stint working for ADA washing machines.

He then moved to Phillips Factory, before securing the position of factory manager at Fairbairn Lawson engineers in Leeds. He later became sales director.

In 1947, Mr O’Connor married his wife Irene at St Columba’s Catholic Church in Pellon. The couple went on to have one daughter, Marilyn.

The pair moved to Southowram in 1948, where they lived until the 1990s. After his wife’s death, Mr O’Connor moved to supported housing at St Albans Croft.

One of Mr O’Connor’s great passions in life was rugby league and in the 1940s, he played for Halifax and Hull Kingston Rovers.

He also loved bowling and was president of Halifax Akroyd’s Bowling Club and Halifax Bowling Club. It was a hobby he continued to enjoy until eight years ago.

Mr O’Connor, a great grandfather of one, was also involved in the Sea Cadets in Leeds and was a member of the Aachen Society in Halifax.

His daughter, Marilyn Redman, 67, said: “He was a very well liked person, a very friendly person and everybody got on with him.

“He would help anybody with anything and was very generous with his time.”

Mr O’Connor’s funeral will be held at Halifax Minster on Friday, July 31, at 1.45pm, followed by a service at Parkwood Crematorium Elland.

It has been requested that black clothing is not worn. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to the Halifax Minster, where plates will be provided. All enquiries to the Halifax Chapel of Repose, Clare Road. Tel: 01422 353970.