James L. O’Connor, age 77, of Holyoke Soldier’s Home, formerly of South Hadley, MA, lost his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by his loving family on March 31, 2018. James (Jim, Jimmy, Slim, Okey, Papa) was born in Holyoke on June 4, 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents John O’Connor and Margaret (née Ryan) O’Connor; his sisters Beverly Trombley and Gail Boudreau and his dear brother in law Theodore Klekotka. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Joan O’Connor; his children James O’Connor, Kathleen Stark, Jeffrey O’Connor, Laura Gregoire, Elizabeth Masse and Ryan O’Connor Wolik; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his siblings John O’Connor, Gerald O’Connor, Donald O’Connor and Linda Klekotka; as well as many loving nieces and nephews and friends. James served his country in the United States Army for six years during the Korean war. Following his military service, he returned to the Pioneer Valley. He was a highly skilled air compressor technician. He owned and operated his own business, Industrial Air Compressor Service Inc. for over 40 years. Jim was an active member of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee for many years and was recognized for his dedication and service when he received the Gallivan Award in 2001. He was a member of the American Legion post 351. James was a joyful story-teller who loved to laugh and could light up a room with his Irish eyes and smile. He loved show tunes, marching bands, oldies music, sunshine, beaches, and simplicity. Above all, Jim was loyal to his family and friends and was a proud father. His warm spirit, humor and positive attitude will be greatly missed. Family and friends will honor and remember James O'Connor's life by gathering for calling hours on Wednesday, April 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home 2049 Northampton St, Holyoke. Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 5th at 8 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 15 School St, South Hadley. Service will be following at 10 a.m. at the Mass Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1390 Main St, Agawam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St, Holyoke, MA 01040. The family wishes to thank the dedicated Soldiers Home staff of 1 North and 4 West.