Joseph L. Connors, 77, town of Northampton, Fulton County, passed away suddenly but peacefully Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Born April 10, 1936, in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Arthea Davis Connors. The family moved to Averill Park while he was young. He also lived in Long Island for a number of years, where he raised a family.
Although Joe was a computer programmer, working lastly for Noteworthy Company, in Amsterdam, his greatest passion was for tower bells, most of which were made in the foundries of Troy and West Troy. He was a self-proclaimed "accidental chime historian." He was the chimer at St.Patrick's in Troy until the last Mass was said in 2010. His passion was not just the research and ringing of bells, but he worked hard at restoring bells and their systems so they could be rung manually. In 2012, he did extensive work to restore the bells at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Albany, that had not been rung for 50 years. They have been played for many occasions since.
Joe was involved with several historical societies. Recently he donated a set of West Troy chimes that he owned to the Watervliet Historical Society Museum, where they have been installed and can be played by anyone.
Joe was also known, in the capitol area, for his post card business that he carried on from his father. He photographed local scenes of importance and printed post cards. He was a volunteer firefighter with the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department. He also served in the United States Army, stationed at Governor's Island, NYC, and played trumpet in the Army Band.
Joe is survived by his loving companion, Gayle Q. Walrath; six children and their spouses, and thirteen grandchildren. He had an outgoing and generous nature, was loved by many, and will be missed tremendously.
The viewing will be at Riverview Funeral Home, Second Avenue, Troy, Monday, November 25, 6 to 8 p.m. and the funeral, at the chapel, at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Tuesday 1:30 p.m.