With 13 children, O'Connor and his wife, [Frances O'Connor], lived a "no-frills life," the mayor recalled in an earlier interview. The family was never hungry, but at times they longed for more food. One Thanksgiving when they couldn't afford a turkey, one of the O'Connor boys molded hamburger meat into the traditional bird.
At their father's urging, the seven O'Connor sisters became proficient precision swimmers, winning more than 1,000 individual and team medals and trophies. In the fall of 1964, O'Connor coached what had become known as the "Swimming O'Connor Sisters."
A court watcher for more than two decades, O'Connor had become such a fixture at the courthouse that bailiffs always tried to save him a seat if the trial looked like it would draw a big crowd. O'Connor favored criminal cases, such as the Latham trial during the '50s, when two women were accused of kidnaping and burying alive a third woman.