ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Hank Connors, 76, born on February 22, 1940 and passed away on March 24, 2016. We will remember him forever. 
Hank always had a tremendous fondest for homeless animals. If you would care to donate to a SPCA charity (Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando) you can do so in Hank's name by going to  the following address and just put Hank's name in the Honoree space. You may have to do a copy and paste to your URL line.
https://secure2.convio.net/pago/site/Donation2;jsessionid=08D84C486384408A0C95344E90D0F9DA.app261a?df_id=1480&1480.donation=form1

Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 25, 2020
Still think of Oak often What a terrific guy !!
Happy earth birthday, Oak!

Bruce, FP 58
Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 23, 2019
Oak, think of you and your family often
Happy Plant birthday
Bruce
Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 22, 2017
You're in my thoughts, Oak.. on your earth birthday
Posted by Linda DelVecchio on April 5, 2016
As youngsters, we saw our cousins, Hank and Donny, frequently when the aunts got together. As we got older we lost touch, coming together at a family visit to Disneyland, when Hank and Nancy were nice enough to bring his mother, my aunt and on one occasion here in CT. After that not so much contact, since he was in FL and I was in CT. But we fairly recently started exchanging e-mails frequently. He would send me outrageously politically incorrect e-mails, and his own thoughts on life and such. I warned him on a regular basis that he would go to hell in a handbasket for his irreverence to the political machine and many other things, sending him equally outrageous e-mails that I knew he would enjoy. However I'm sure that when he approached those pearly gates in his handbasket, St, Peter looked into those devilish Irish eyes, said "ah, that explains it" and stepped aside to welcome him in handbasket and all. God bless, Hank, we all know you're safely home.
  His presence will be sadly missed.
Posted by Donald Kiernan on April 2, 2016
Oak was a very special , very unique "character" -- one we all loved -- one who was always positive -- one who always brought a smile to our faces -- one who always had you back . We shared hundreds of wonderful , fun experiences --as classmates at Prep , while in college , when we were both in Florida , and then Texas , and then Florida again --never a dull moment with Hank -- I will treasure all of them . Pat and my prayers are with Nancy and family .
Posted by Jim Mosesso on April 1, 2016
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. To say Hank was a larger than life character would be an understatement. I worked with him for many years at Federal APD. He will always be remembered as a great wit and a thoughtful and caring guy.
Posted by Allen Ward on March 31, 2016
Fairfield Prep just notified me that my old buddy from 4E had passed on. Fr. O'Conner had nicknamed him "CANNONBALL". He was a great guy and classmate. Also sad that I live in Orlando but did not know he was so close. Will be missed.

Allen Ward (TICONDOROGA) FP 58'
Posted by Mark McNicholas on March 31, 2016
RIP Hank. I worked with Hank for many years at Federal APD. Hank always shared a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. No matter how tough things may have gotten at times, we always shared a laugh. It has been years since Hank and I been together, but I will miss him dearly. God bless Hank Connors
Posted by James Garzella on March 31, 2016
Hank old buddy may you Rest in Peace. Hank was a Sales Colleague at Federal APD. We would talk often to discuss the ups and downs of the business. Hank would always leave me laughing at the end of our conversation. I would lament about issues we were dealing with and he would say "Jimmy We have met the enemy and it is US" . I would just laugh!!!! My condolences to the family.
Posted by Bruce Cosmik on March 31, 2016
Oak was a wonderful Spirit, loyal, easy going, with a terrific sense of humor, one which he would unexpectedly surprise you with a quip or action!
We mourn his loss on earth, but thank God for the time we had with him. Our prayers to his family. We lost a terrific guy, but Oak's memory will live on.
Bruce Cosmik, FP '58
Posted by Don Connors on March 29, 2016
There is a saying "The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground". Growing up, Hank was to me that mighty Oak. I may be mistaken but I think I recall his UCONN fraternity name was The Oak. In almost any sport I attempted, Hank was always there and doing it a little better than what I was capable of. He was a tremendously inspirational figure to me and I feel blessed to have had him for a brother.

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Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 25, 2020
Still think of Oak often What a terrific guy !!
Happy earth birthday, Oak!

Bruce, FP 58
Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 23, 2019
Oak, think of you and your family often
Happy Plant birthday
Bruce
Posted by Bruce Cosmik on February 22, 2017
You're in my thoughts, Oak.. on your earth birthday
Recent stories

Tackling Henry

Shared by Robert Capozzi on April 24, 2016

To know Hank was to love him. He was a big-time prankster, starting in high school in Connecticut when we were together and then into college where he remained the same as in high school as evidenced by his stories. We went to different colleges. After college we got corporate jobs in different states, not to communicate very often over the years. But his emails in his retirement the last few years reminded me where we left off long ago and show the prankish comic he was in his early days when we were together. He didn't change much. This was mostly evidenced by his sarcasm about current events, mostly strong potitical satire which he wore on his sleeve.Everyone receiving these emails knew where he stood. But this story is not about politics. This is about football. Hank was a hell of a fullback in our senior year at Fairfield Prep. Our team ended at 7-3 for the season and it could have been better with a few breaks. The previous year Fairfield Prep was undefeated and state champs and most of those starting players graduated. So Hank inherited the fullback position. I was also on the team. When we held weekly practice scrimmages during the season I was usually playing defensive back while the first team was running through offensive plays. Our coaches were all around those scrimmages so you really couldn't screw up or you'd look like an idiot. Now, for all who have played at any level, you know the name of the game is hitting other people.The harder you hit the better chance to impress the coaches. On defense that rule is most prevalent, particularly in the defensive backfield position, when the offensive players are carrying the ball and running in the open field. The defense must tackle those ball carriers, either on a pass play or a running play. When Henry was carrying the ball and the offensive line opened a hole for him, if he got past the linebackers into the defensive backfield and was headed my way I had to make the tackle because I was the only thing between him and the goal line. I was fairly fast so he had difficulty running around me. The problem was when he decided to run over me and this is the point of the story.Henry carried most of his 200 plus pounds below the waist. His legs were enormous. In fact, I never looked at them as legs, but as tree trunks. Or, maybe you could call them stove pipes, or whatever. Picture two tree trunks coming directly at you at considerable speed and you are the one assigned to bring them to the ground. When I saw that situation developing with Henry breaking through the line and coming at me in the open field building up a head of steam with his tree trunks, my feeling was always "this may not work out". In that situation it is something like medieval jousting. It was one on one.  My strategy was not to go too low because if he raised his knees I would have my teeth for dinner. Rather, I would try to tackle him at the waist and hang on to bring him down and this seemed to work although he did run over me on a few occasions and, as I said above, this is very embarrassing because the coaches (and other players) are always looking and because you can get yourself killed. This image I have of Henry coming directly at me through a hole in the offensive line into the backfield and me watching his hips as to which way he is going to go and expecting a collision remains vivid with me to this day. None other of our players knew this story but Henry knew it and this is why I called him Henry and I was getting back at him. And further, I would always ask him, every time I saw him, "how are your legs today, Henry" ? And he would say nothing, he would just chuckle. And I also told him if he could only have raised his knees higher I would never have been able to bring him down. And he would just chuckle. Problem was, he was unable to raise his knees any higher. As it turned out, UConn made him an offensive guard where you don't have to raise your knees. God bless my friend, Hank Connors. May he rest in peace.


Bob Capozzi 

  

Hank's strategy on Retirement

Shared by Don Connors on March 27, 2016

Being a seasoned retiree, I decided to put down some ideas about  retirement for those just starting. For some other seasoned retirees on this list, please send me your suggestions to add to this list. 

 

·       Never, ever, move to a retirement community. That’s no place to retire. They do group things, like walking, Tai Chi, ballroom dancing and card games.  And they have Home Owner Associations. Those are busy bodies that complain if you hang something totally inappropriate out the window, like a blow up Barbie.  And BYOT parties. That’s Bring Your Own Teeth for the uninitiated. (Retirees have to learn another set of abbreviations. Forget LOL, WTF and others. Now it’s GGLKI. Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In.) The other major problem is my goal of having a curmudgeon personality with a Duck Dynasty appearance. Not good in group settings with rules of decorum. I have a closet of classic “Grumpy by Choice” T-shirts. ·       So where do you go to retire? I’m blessed. I’ve lived in my retirement town for over 40 years. My old Boss accused me of retiring here well before I actually retired. With 90% of our roads unpaved, I can get anywhere in town on my golf cart better than a car.  And my cart has a built in beer cooler and wine bottle holder.  ·       Retirees are encouraged to take up a hobby.  Don’t! It’s perfectly OK to continue a legitimate hobby begun well before retirement, like golf or hiding in the clothes racks at the department store whispering “pick me, pick me”.  But if you start a new hobby after retirement, it will most likely be painting, and you will suck at it. But your friends and family will say you are a real talent. This will keep you at it, and out of their hair. It’s a way to put you out to pasture without actually finding a pasture for you. ·       And you are no doubt familiar with the advertisement that says “a body at rest, tends to stay at rest”. Contrary to the ad, that is not a bad thing. Leave it alone. ·       Oh, and you will get the crazy idea to create a Bucket List, where you list all the things you have never done but want to try before it’s too late. Do you really want to go back to school? Or climb some mountain somewhere? Keep this in mind. If at first you don’t succeed, take skydiving  and bungee jumping off your bucket list. ·       Then there is the “up by 5” crowd. Get up at 5am, make a pot of coffee, do your stretching exercises,, and go for a walk. “Up by 5??” How about home by 5. You retired from work, not life. Besides, it’s hard to make bail any earlier. And what is with all that coffee? Caffeine interferes with naps. If  you need something to get you going in the morning, try Bloody Mary’s.  ·       Guaranteed, you will be  encouraged to “volunteer”. There are no end of activities to volunteer to do. Teach English to undocumented democrats at the local jail, organize a garden show, schedule a reunion of the heavily tattooed, geriatric ex-Hooters girls (hey I have to do my part).      ·       Of course, retirement can have it’s frightening moments. Going to the doctors’ and hearing the “snap” of a latex glove behind you rarely means anything good. ·       So how do you stay busy in retirement? I have perfected the art of always waking up with something to do that day. I find procrastination to be particularly helpful. And  I’ve created an APP to help with that. I call it the “Nap App” Works every time. ·       And never, ever listen to anyone trying to give you advice on retirement………Oh…….oh wait…………..yah, that would be……….

 

Oops, GGLKI, see ya.