A Quincy native’s passion for life was documented in a colorful obituary that has gone viral after his death from stage four pancreatic cancer and ALS.
The obituary of Chris Connors, titled “Irishman Dies from Stubbornness, Whiskey,” was posted Wednesday on Seacoastonline.
And if that didn’t entice you to read more, this opening paragraph might do the trick: “Chris Connors died, at age 67, after trying to box his bikini-clad hospice nurse just moments earlier.”
Connors died as he lived — by his own rules.
“Connors was stark naked drinking Veuve in a house full of friends and family as Al Green played from the speakers,” according to the obituary.
Connors was a Golden Gloves boxer who surprised folks by landing a job on Wall Street without a financial background. He gave up his job as a bond trader for an investment bank and moved to Maine after he lost his brother and many friends in the 9/11 attacks, according to information posted on the Chris Connors Fund, a website set up to raise money for the York Water Rescue program he helped begin.
His loved ones remember him as a “ladies man, game slayer, and outlaw” who loved “cross dressing, a well-made fire, and mashed potatoes with lots of butter.” Oh, and swimming in the ocean in January.
Connors founded the Quincy Rugby Club. At age 26, he tried to sail around the world, but instead wound up spending 40 hours in a life raft off the coast of Panama. At age 64, he climbed Mount Everest. A night out with Connors ended either in jail or with a hangover, the obituary says. He was an accomplished hunter. He once suffered a knife injury while saving a woman from a mugging in New York City.
The obituary continues:
He was the type of man that people would drive 16 hours at the drop of a dime to come see. He lived 1000 years in the 67 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor.
One of his biggest regrets in life? “Eating a rotisserie hot dog from an unmemorable convenience store in the summer of 1986.”
Connors, who lived in York, Maine, is survived by his wife Emily Ayer Connors. Connors was also a father, or as the obituary puts it: a “birth control device tester (with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8).” He cherished nights in front of the fire with his family.
“He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important — the simplicity of living a life with those you love,” the obituary says.
The write-up concludes by saying, “Absolut vodka and Simply Orange companies are devastated by the loss of Connors.”