John Patrick Connor & Francis Michael Connor Obituary

Francis Michael and John Patrick with their sisters Mary Lingeman and Anne Stone

John Patrick Connor

John Patrick Connor (OG ’51) joined St George’s with his brother Michael in December 1941.

John was a keen academic and sportsman particularly enjoying rugby where he played 2nd row.

After completion of his studies (the first year of A Levels), he joined his brother at Vickers and then to the Royal Artillery, where they served together in Germany.

John continued his enjoyment of rugby, representing the Old Georgians and Esher. In the Early 1960’s whilst working at Vickers (also as an Engineer like his brother), he was offered the post to relocate to Melbourne and to become Area Manager overseeing the development of the Australian arm of the company, eventually to become its Chairman. After leaving Vickers Australia he set up his own very successful Engineering consultancy in Melbourne which is now run by his nephew Mark.

John met and married Lee Ann Schlesser from Melbourne and they enjoyed a long happy marriage.

John kept in contact with the Old Georgian family, hosting many on their visits down under.

He passed away in May 2019 after a short illness. His funeral was attended by many in Melbourne, and due to the location and timing of the funeral the Old Georgian able to be present was his godson and nephew Simon Connor (OG ’78).

Words by Phillip Connor

Click here to read an article by John Connor – Starting school at St George’s in 1942.

Francis Michael Connor

Francis Michael (Mike) Connor (OG ’50) joined St George’s College in December 1941 with his younger brother John.

Mike enjoyed the academic life at St George’s but excelled on the sports fields, where he represented the College in rugby and hockey and was also a fine gymnast. He achieved triple colours for these.

He also played a bit of cricket and won many cycling races that the college put on during the summer terms. He enjoyed debating and was a keen historian like his cousins (Anthony and Tim Connor both OG’s).

After leaving St George’s, he undertook an apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong, as an engineer and on completion of this joined the Royal Artillery for his National Service, where he served with his brother. He continued the sports he loved at St George’s and tried some new ones, representing the Army in boxing, gymnastics, sailing and hockey. After his time in the Army he joined Vickers becoming a Junior Director specialising in plastics development. In 1958 Mike married local Weybridge and St Maur’s girl, Dolores Vieira and they raised three children, Simon, Susan and Phillip who all attended St George’s.

Mike left Vickers in the mid 1960’s and joined Viscose Closures, where he remained (after a management buyout) as Technical Director until his retirement in the early 1990’s.

He was heavily involved in Weybridge Parish Council as its Chairman and also for a while becoming Chairman of the Deanery Council.
With the help of Sister Lelia (of St Maur’s) and Fr Dunstan Thill (of Barrow Hills) in the mid 1960’s he set up and was elected Chairman of W A C A, a charity that cared and looked after Alcoholics and Drug addicts in London and the South East, he left when he retired.

He remained involved with St George’s over the years (playing rugby for the Old Georgians) and was happy to attend events especially in Devon, where he moved to after retirement and remained an active parishioner there.

He passed away peacefully in Torbay Hospital with his family around him, aged 88, in April 2021.

His funeral took place in Devon, during the pandemic and was attended by the following alumni of the school Mark Dudzinski (OG ’78), James Steen (OG ’82), Graeme Penwarden WHS 74, Katy Owens nee Castle (OG ’82), Susan Edwards nee Connor (OG’ 82), Simon Connor (OG ’78), Phillip Connor (OG ’79), Theresa Samuels nee Vieira (OM ’52) and Anne Stone nee Connor (OM ’49) .

Words by Phillip Connor

Francis Michael and Dolores Connor Golden wedding

Francis Michael (middle) and John Patrick (right) in the Army, taken in Berlin 1955