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Obituaries » Timothy J.O’Connor

Timothy John O’Connor, 69, of Cambodia, passed away on February 27, 2021.

Tim was born to Donald L. and Ellen Nadine O’Connor on October 13, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tim was the second child of five and the first of those to pass from this life.

He is survived by his four siblings Michael D. O’Connor (Ann), Maureen E. Atkinson, Terrence P. O’Connor (Becky) and Sharon L. Egan (William).

Tim was a devout Christian and for the past year and a half a member of the Cornerstone Church in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he resided. His church family there knew him as brother John. Tim went by his middle as the native speakers of Khmer there found his first name “simply too difficult to pronounce,” as Tim once said. Tim was appreciated and respected by his fellow Christians there and several spoke at his memorial how they considered him a father figure.

Tim was very proud of his achievement of becoming a Tae Kwon Do Master despite his handicap of having cerebral palsy. Tim’s progress up the ladder to finally holding the rank of fourth degree black belt was much slower than an able-bodied person but he persevered.

He cared for his ailing mother for the last six months of her life full-time, in 2006.

Tim decided to leave his long term home of Virginia in October 2011 when he moved to Wei Hei, China, to teach English. Six months later he then relocated to Kiev, Ukraine, where he lived for six and a half years. He returned home to the U.S. for the first time at Christmas season 2018 to visit family, which he cherished. Tim then sought a warmer climate to aid his respiratory difficulties and joint pain in Ecuador; he lived there for six months. Tim then moved to Phnom Penh in October 2019.

Tim is survived by five nieces and nephews, and six grand nieces and nephews.

Tim was known for his generosity, gentle nature, and his faith in Jesus Christ.
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