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Sad news from Maine

Ragu_5
Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
I met Robert over the phone and Email last year; he was to babysit me on a proposed Oil Heat Cares project up here in Maine. It took about 4 minutes for us to become fast friends, as we both loved heating and the blues; we both also had Irish relatives in Boston.

He would call me at 4:30 a.m. to talk heating (he knew I would be awake). He called me on Christmas because he knew I was alone, and invited me down for dinner. He called me every day from Europe to tell me what was going on in the cafes and at ISH; he really cared about people and doing the right thing.

Al Lettelier posted the other day about Robert, but the post disappeared too quickly. He used to answer the phone by saying: "Hello, Jack lad. This is your brother from a different mother". What a gas he was.

The funny thing is that we never met in person; neither one of us could get away to see each other. He would ask about Ingrid and I would ask about Wendy; we both wanted to do a Big Ugly; we both tried to get to Gillette Stadium, but....

Calling hours are Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in Auburn, Maine. Funeral Monday at Sacred Heart Church. If you get a chance, please leave a note at: www.thefortingroup.com

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  • John R. Hall
    John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246
    Lost a friend

    The heating and plumbing trade lost a good guy last week. Robert O'Connor, who owned a one-man business in Augusta, Maine passed away at the young age of 45. Robert was a true craftsman in the oil heat trade and was very generous with his time when someone needed a hand. Please say a prayer for Robert and his widow, Wendy. 45 is way too young to die.
  • Paul B_5
    Paul B_5 Member Posts: 60


    Our Prayers are with his family,at this time of loss of one of the group.
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,258
    Shocked

    I was shocked to see this. I had the good fortune to meet Robert O'Connor on the ISH trip in March. We enjoyed a night out on the town together in Copenhagen. His time came too soon. My thoughts are with his widow and family. -DF

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  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106
  • Thoughts and prayers

    for Robert and his wife and family .
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,889
    Don't think I ever met him

    That STINKS!!!!!!!!! Lost My Pop around that age. Did he have kids? Lets do something for his kids and if not just the wife. I'm on board. Mad Dog

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  • Robert O'Brien
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  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    Robert

    Ragu, I don't believe we've ever met before and I didn't realize you were from Maine. Where are you? In Robert's memory, if I can do anything to help you with your project, let me know. I'm in So.Portland and will be at the funeral home tonight and the funeral tomorrow. Even though I've known Robert for many years, I was just getting to know him, if you know what I mean. He will be missed.
  • Ragu_5
    Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
    For Robert....

    He called me one time and said: "I heard that you can play piano". I said: "I try". He said: "Put that phone down on the piano and let her rip!"; which I did. (You have to understand that I was talking to one of the "Really Good Guys" and I didn't want to make any boo-boos).

    So I gave him 2 minutes of my best, and he said: "Lad, that was good; why do you waste your time with heating?".

    I guess most of us have been trying to figure that out for quite a while.

    Sleep tight, Robert.


  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    Never met the man

    But saw his name on the wall many times.

    How very Sad.

    Scott

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  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    Robert O'Connor

    Thanks for reposting this, John. Mine seemed to slip through the cracks.....we buried Robert today on a grand and glorious day in Maine. Great service and wonderful time of fellowship with his friends and family. With his wife folks up from Virginia, Mom from Florida, sister from Spain and all us heating guys, we had a truly universal gathering. Robert will be missed.
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    Robert

    Mad Dog, he did not have any kids. We attended the funeral and gathering afterwards yesterday. It was a picture perfect day in Maine yesteday, but a lousy day to bury a friend. Alan @ OILTECHTALK is starting drive to raise donation for OIL HEAT CARES in Robert's memory. His wife just wants to make sure he is remembered, and we are going to install a plague in the boiler room of his OHC project here in Maine when it is completed, and we will see to it that it does. Thanks to all for your support.
  • Robert O'Connor_12
    Robert O'Connor_12 Member Posts: 728
    Sad

    Although I've never met Robert, I've spoken to him and communicated with him on line. Kinda eerie having the same name and reading this terrible news. It was a pleasure knowing him. My thoughts and prayers go out to this man and his family. He was great man!

    God Speed Robert!


    Robert O'Connor/ New Jersey
  • Jim Franklin
    Jim Franklin Member Posts: 170
    A good man

    He was a great man that accepted me into his family as another menber. It has been impressive to see how a great man he was reflected on his friends. We have the friends we deserve and I can tell he had the best ones. Someone said long time ago that nobody dies while there is people that they remenber him with their hearts. We´ll remenber and love you forever.
  • maine ken_3
    maine ken_3 Member Posts: 3


    Miquel, We have never met but Robert spoke of you very often. He held you in the highest regard. I hope you enjoy the rifle. It meant so much to Robert. I am sure that he is looking down upon us and is smiling knowing that we are thinking about him. He is especially happy that you are taking care of his sister. If I ever get to Spain we can get together and toast a few to a great man and better friend!

    Ken


  • Oh no. I never met him, but we had spoken personally. Seemed to be a fine man. My greatest sympathy to his widow.
  • Ken D.
    Ken D. Member Posts: 836
    Robert O'Connor

    I said it before, Robert was one of the Good Guys.
  • Ragu_5
    Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
    My favorite line from Robert...

    Just thought of it. Whenever he left a phone message, he would always give his number and then say: "Call me anytime, lad; never too early and never too late".
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    Robert.

    Miguel. I did not get the opportunity to meet you at the house after the service, but did meet your wife and Robert's mom, along with Wendy's family. It was a special tribute to Robert to have all his friends and family come together. I do miss the phone conversations we had. We would talk about things that made us mad and made us happy to be in this business. Robert had a passion for his work and I will miss him. All the best to you and your wife and we will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Alan R. Mercurio_3
    Alan R. Mercurio_3 Member Posts: 1,620


    I’m so pleased to report that almost $1,000.00 has been raised for Oil Heat Cares in Memory of Robert. I'll be turning that over to Judy Garber this coming weekend at the Oil Heat Retreat in NH.

    We will never forget you brother. RIP


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  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    Oil Heat Cares memorium for Robert

    Can't thank you enough, Alan for taking this on. Wendy will be well pleased.
    Al
  • Alan R. Mercurio_3
    Alan R. Mercurio_3 Member Posts: 1,620


    You’re very welcome and I must say, for our friend Robert this has been my pleasure and honor. And I thank you and your chapter for your generous contribution in Robert’s memory. See you in a couple days my friend

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