TROY > > Joseph Leo Connors, 77, of Mayfield, N.Y., passed away November 21, 2013. Formerly of East Norwich, Albany and Troy, N.Y., Joe was a self-proclaimed "accidental chime historian." He rang the bells at St. Patrick's in Troy until the last Mass was said there in 2010. Joe was also known for the post card business he carried on from his father, and his post cards can be found in numerous shops in the Tri-city area. For many years, Joe was a volunteer firefighter with the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department. He served in U.S. Army and played trumpet in the Army Band. He was born to the late Arthea Davis and Joseph F. Connors on April 10, 1936, in Averill Park, N.Y. Joe is survived by his loving companion, Gayle Q. Walrath; six children, Michael Connors (Michelle) of Newburgh, N.Y., Lisa Canale (Donald) of Syosset, N.Y., Steven Connors (Karen) of Leesburg, Va., Julie Hochman (Neil) of Syosset, N.Y., Joseph C. Connors (Jennifer) of East Northport, N.Y., Michelle Giannotti (John) of Greenlawn, N.Y.; and beloved grandfather to 13 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from Gardner Earl Chapel in Oakwood Cemetery on Oakwood Avenue in Troy, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may also call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Riverview Funeral Home Inc., 218 2nd Avenue (corner of 104th Street), Troy, NY 12180. Interment will take place immediately following the service in Oakwood Cemetery. For further information and online condolences, go to TheRiverviewFuneralHome.com.
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