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1951 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
PAUDIE O'CONNOR Paudie O'Connor, age 66, passed away May 1, 2018, at his home, in Las Vegas, from natural causes. He was born September 5, 1951, in Killarney, Ireland, to Mai and Dan O'Connor. After attending St. Brendan's College, Paudie started his career in politics as a member of the former Killarney Urban District Council from 1974 to 1985, serving as a popular and charismatic chairman on four occasions, in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1984. He was the youngest ever mayor of Killarney to be elected. Paudie was a passionate sportsman on and off the field. In his younger years, he was part of an outstanding sporting family and he and his brothers honed their hard court skills in St. Mary's Parish Hall which was very close to their home. Paudie also played Gaelic football for Dr. Crokes football club, but his true sporting love was always basketball. At 6'4" he was the only Irishman ever to make the first five of the European all-star team. During his basketball years he was deemed "the finest point guard in Europe." He has been described by many as the "greatest Irish basketball player of all time." Paudie was a visionary and was best remembered in Killarney for leading the initiative in bringing the first professional American players to play in the national league. "He always saw the big picture, he dreamed big, he was hugely influential, he was very much a man with a mission and he was a real winner, both on and off the court." Paudie married Maureen Mueller in 1984 in Killarney and two years later moved to the U.S. where their daughter, Morgan, was born. In 1986, Paudie started and operated a successful traditional Irish bakery in Woodlawn (the Bronx), New York. He then moved to Las Vegas, where he began his golf tour business, O'Connor Golf. Over the 30-plus years he spent in Las Vegas, Paudie traveled and golfed all over the world. However, his favorite destination for friends and clients was his hometown of Killarney. Recently, the joy of Paudie's life was spending time with his toddler grandson, Luciano, who he had already started coaching in basketball, soccer and golf. Paudie had a larger than life personality and always filled the room with smiles and laughter. His wit and charm can never be replaced, but will never be forgotten. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Morgan (nee O'Connor) Mauro, her mother, Marty; son-in-law, Marcello Mauro; grandson, Luciano Connor Mauro; brothers, Seamus and Mike; sisters-in-law, Fidelma and Peggy; and nephews, Patrick, Richard and Phillip. Family, friends and others whose lives Paudie has touched, are invited to join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Guardian Angel Cathedral, 302 Cathedral Way. Celebration of life to follow at McMullan's Irish Pub, 4650 W. Tropicana Ave., #110.
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