Following is the OBIT for ROBERT J. CONNER of Reading, Pennsylvania, birth and death date unknown. We would also like to know who his parents were and any other information. He is the father of our Grandfather, William Henry Conner. Please contact us if you have information after the reading the following obit. Thanks
ROBERT J. CONNER
After several months’ illness due to a tumorous growth, Robert J. Conner, prominent member of the Junior Fire Co., died at 5:15 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Dumn, 321 Miller Street, having attained his 84th birthday. Not withstanding his unusual age, Mr. Conner enjoyed good health.
Deceased was a native of Philadelphia, but spent most of his life in this city. Prior to coming to Reading he resided in Lebanon for a short time. His wife, Rebecca (nee Gantz), preceded him in death four years ago at the age of 80 years. He served an enlistment of three months in the Civil War.
For four years and until his retirement at the age of 80 years Mr. Conner was employed in the big key and lock department of the Penn Hardware co. Prior to that he followed his trade as a molder at local plants, including the Scott foundry of the Reading Iron Co., the Reading Scale Works and the old Johnson foundry.
Mr. Conner was, until illness incapacitated him, one of the most active members of the Juniors for years. Besides serving in various capacities, he for several years occupied the chairs of vice president and secretary. His 66 years of membership have been marked with active and faithful service. Mr. Conner was gifted with a humorous disposition and through this won many friends. He frequently accompanied the firemen on jaunts and was always in demand for an after-dinner speech. The “Old Snapper Club,” a branch organization of the Juniors, was another body in which the deceased was active years ago. Mr. Conner was an organizer of the Knights of Labor in this city. He attended services in Christ Episcopal Church.
There remain four sons, James E., Robert L., George W. of Reading and William H. of Morrison, Ill.: four daughters Mrs. Anna (Anne?) Harvey, Mrs. Harry Dunn and Mrs. Catherine Porr, of this city: Mrs. Lawrence Clark, Chester, Pa.; 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Longacre, of Reading.
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