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Biography of John O'Connor - O/A

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March 1945 Photo Nene Lives Book Photo
Extracted from the photo of the Crew of the Nene on deck taken March 1945
Photo from the book "NENE LIVES The Story of H.M.C.S. Nene & her Crew" - 1993

John N. O'Connor - Ordnance Artificer 4th Class
John N. O'Connor was born in Montreal, Quebec on May 12, 1923. He was educated in Montreal and joined the RCNVR in 1942. Basic training was taken at HMCS York in Toronto. Further training in engineering was completed in the Ford School of Engineer-ing in Windsor, Ontario, which qualified John as an Engine Room Artificer. He was then sent to Halifax where he transferred to Naval Ordnance. A period of time was spent with the Inspection of Naval Ordnance staff which based him in Liverpool, N.S. in charge of gun repair and gun trials after ship refits. After several ship postings he was drafted to HMCS Nene, which was being refitted in Dartmouth. John stayed with the ship to war's end in Europe, and returned to Canada on HMCS Puncher, and was discharged on October 16, 1945. He completed his education and pursued a career in the aerospace industry, specializing in quality control. John met and married Doreen Lawton in 1946. Doreen and John have one daughter and two grandchildren. John's career in the aerospace industry led him to a seventeen year period with the Federal government, doing quality audits at aerospace defence plants. He returned to industry, filling several executive positions. John and other shareholders started I.M.P. Aerospace Ltd. at Halifax, N.S. in 1969. He sold his interest in the I.M.P. and retired due to failing health in 1983.


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