November 7, 1962—May 14, 2011
by Patrick Morey with reporting from Shelly Johnson and Kerby Grandoit
Last week, Medford High School lost a devoted faculty member and dear friend, Ms. Noreen M. O’Connor. Her presence will be dearly missed throughout the halls of Medford High, the streets of Medford, and the hearts and minds of her friends and family. Ms. O’Connor worked as an administrative assistant in the Community Schools Office and athletic department for fifteen years, and was remembered by her coworkers as a kind woman who could always be counted on. Though she was a hard worker, her bright outlook was what captured the admiration and companionship of the MHS family.
Mr. Bonbon remember her as exceptional, helpful, and always willing to work, but also quiet with an unassuming air about her. He added, “I am so sorry that she passed away at a young age.” She was a mere 48. Kathy Johnson recalls that Ms. O’Connor had a wonderful sense of humor and was a sweetheart who was always willing to help. In his emotional announcement on Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Krueger said Ms. O’Connor “Will long be remember by her family, her colleagues, and the students she served and loved as an intelligent, efficient, witty, and self-effacing friend who loved life and saw only the good in the people around her. All of us will miss her very, very much.” Out of respect, the MHS community observed a minute long moment of silence in period 6 on Wednesday.
Ms. O’Connor’s wake was held on May 17th and her funeral followed on May 19th in Somerville. In the wake of this tragic event, many will fondly recall their various memories and admirations of Ms. O’Connor, but one regard is constant throughout the reactions of the MHS family: Noreen M. O’Connor, a friend and companion to all, will be profoundly missed.