O'Connor, Mary Craig

O'CONNOR, Mary Craig

1932 - 2022

Mary Craig (Hoggarth) O'Connor Obituary

 Our mother, Mary O'Connor, was reunited with our Dad, Gerry O'Connor, and her Dad, R. Bob Hoggarth, Mom Louise Hoggarth and sister Eileen Cangiano on Monday August 1, 2022after 90 years in this world.

 Mary was a strong believer in the importance of women's voices in all areas of life and business; in particular in education, where she devoted over 45 years in the service of Catholic Education in Kirkland Lake, in the province of Ontario and in Canada. Mary was the first woman to be the vice chair (1973-1976) and chairperson of the Kirkland Lake Roman Catholic Separate School Board (1977 to 1981) and served on this Board from 1963 until 2003. In 1967, Mary was the first woman to be elected to the Ontario Separate School Trustees Association (OSSTA), where she demonstrated her leadership, conviction to her faith and commitment to the benefit of students, parents, teachers and communities throughout the province. Her focus was on equality in education,funding equity for Catholic Schools from the provinces and support and promotion of the staff who together made a true difference in their roles in their districts and schools. In 1980, Mary became the first woman president of the Trustees Association and served in that role until 1982. In 1994, while still serving at both levels of Boards, Mary received the Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding service rendered on behalf of Catholic Education in Ontario. Mary also served on the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002 and she received the prestigious Rotary International Paul Harris Award for her many contributions to the community. She also received the Catholic Women's League 50 year pin in 2009.

 The greatest gifts our Mom gave to us were her patience, her nurturing, and understanding of all of us in our many stages of life. She was the master of meal planning, preparation, home decorating and budgeting for the household. She was our most enthusiastic fan for any sport, school event or activity we participated in. She made it clear that you committed to an activity and stayed with it for the season, the year or until its natural end. She was the marketer, bookkeeper and business partner with our Dad at Hoggarth Interiors or what we in the family referred to as “the store”. Mom's Dad, Bob Hoggarth started the business in the 1940's and our grandmother Louise Hoggarth ran it when he became ill and passed.Mom graduated from St. Michael's Hospital as a nurse in 1953. Her training came in handy with 6 active children in the home! Dad and Mom returned to Kirkland Lake from Toronto in 1954 to manage and ultimately buy the store. It was a true family business, where, during our lives, all six of us had a role of some type in the store. Sean carries on the family tradition of the business as its current owner and operator. Both of our parents were very committed to community service and also quietly contributed to many people's lives and causes that we have learned about over time – from those who have benefitted from their care, concern and generosity.

 Steadfast in her love of our Dad, the 'bigger than life' co-leader of our family, their love was over 50 years strong when Dad died in May of 2003. They demonstrated to us, on a daily basis, the importance of understanding, kindness, devotion and equality in a relationship. We never heard an angry word between them, or a critical remark of the other. Not that they always agreed, but they let the conversation continue when cooler heads could discuss concerns rationally.

 Mary believed that mediation was the best tool to resolve differences of opinion, and used this as the guide at the O'Connor family dinner table when debating about just about anything arose. And they arose (and still arise!) often. Her view was to hold to your principles, communicate them clearly and diplomatically and understand that not everyone will agree with you all of the time, but may come to agree with you in the future. Her optimism and positive nature, her warmth and laughter, sparkling blue eyes and quiet command of a room or situation left an impression on us and many; she accomplished a great deal for Catholic education; and education overall in the region, province and country.

 The O'Connor family thanks the staff and volunteers of Teck Pioneer Residence, Dr. Jessica Moore and especially the staff of the Toburn Unit. Our Mom received genuine care and love from the staff over the years she spent there. Mary is also survived by her brother Bob, and his wife Simone Hoggarth and brother-in-law Don Cangiano. A special thanks to Mary's special friend and caregiver Joyce Davis.

This tribute was written by her children who are also supported by their families, Michael O'Connor, Mississauga, Patrick O'Connor, Kirkland Lake, Kathleen O'Connor (Paul Steinberg) Phoenix, AZ , Sean O'Connor (Nancy O' Connor), Kirkland Lake, Tim O'Connor (Casey O'Connor) Georgetown, Maryann Klunder (Bernie Klunder) Binbrook, and grandchildren Marissa Steinberg, Elise Schnackenberg, Avery Steinberg, Lauren O'Connor-Byer, Kristyn O'Connor, Neil O'Connor, Natalee O'Connor, Amy O'Connor, Ben Klunder, Chris Klunder, Alana Anderson and Deandra Klunder and her 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish at 11:00 am with Father Justin Dawson officiating.

Donations in memory of Mary may be mailed to Holy Name Parish Catholic Women's League (39 Kirkland Street, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 2G3) or to Teck Pioneer Residence Activity Fund (145 A Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4).

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The O'Connor family

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. She was a wonderful and sweet woman. I always lived spending time with her when I worked at TPR, sending lots of love and prayers to the family.

Skye Laferriere (MacPherson), August 2, 2022

O'Connor Family

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your fabulous mother & grandmother. She generously shared her home to all who came by during our youth. Your mom's dedication to Catholic Education was exemplary .Please accept our prayers and best wishes.

Stan Skalecki, August 2, 2022

to the O'Connor family

So sorry for your loss. Did not have the pleasure to know your Mother but her and your Dad raised a very special family...RIP. dear lady

Lou Chouinard, August 2, 2022


My sincere condolences to all the family

Léo Durette, August 2, 2022

O'Connor family

Sincerest condolences on the loss of Mary. Thinking of you all.

Rick & Charlene Owen, August 2, 2022

Sean and family

Our deepest sympathies goes out to you and your family. Your Mom was certainly a very caring, giving and hard working woman. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Ivan and Kathy Quist, August 2, 2022

Tim, Casey and the entire O'Connor family

Our very deepest condolences to you all. Mary was an incredible woman who left such a legacy for her family and far beyond! Prayers are with you all!
Love Kathy (LeDuc) and Bob Manz

Kathy Manz, August 2, 2022

The family

My condolences to all…Mary was a special person who touched everyone lucky enough to cross her path…she will be missed..RIP

Bob Zidar, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor family

Bill and I extend our deep condolences to your family. Mary had such an infectious smile. She was instrumental in getting me into the teaching profession. She and my mom were in the Toburn Unit at TPR at the same time. I remember her calming response to music in the unit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Louise and Bill

Louise McCurdy, August 2, 2022

Mike, Pat, Kathleen, Sean, and Nancy, Tim and Maryann and all the Grandkids

We are so very sorry for your loss, but we are so glad she is at peace now and with your Dad. She had a long road these past years but I know it was comforting that TPR staff as always treated her with love. Nancy, I know she loved you and was so grateful for all your care and your commitment to her when you’d show up day after day to feed her and visit with her. She was so very lucky to have you as her daughter-in-law.

She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and I remember her always laughing at family functions and while at the cottage. I remember her always busy, but always smiling. She will be with you always.

With Love, Paul, Marjorie, Christopher and Abbey xoxo

Paul and Marjorie Harvey and family, August 2, 2022

The O'Connor Family

I was so saddened to hear the news of Mary's passing. Your mother was an incredible and inspiring woman who left a lasting impression on everyone that met her. Sending much love and prayers!

Karen Doucet MacGregor, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor Family

My deepest sympathy on your Mom’s passing. She was a very special lady who made the day brighter with her beautiful smile!
Sending love and prayers to you all.
Sincerely, Joan Butt.

Joan Butt, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor family

My deepest condolences from Poplar neighbour.

Doris Uhrayn, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor family

My deepest condolences from Poplar neighbour.

Doris Uhrayn, August 2, 2022

O'Connor Family

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful individual and will be missed by all that knew her.

Betty Tapson (Butler Lake)

Betty (Tapson) Crytes, August 2, 2022

The O'Connor family

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I have fond memories of her helping us successfully apply for an Opportunities for Youth grant in 1973. Always positive and supportive. May she rest in peace.

John Czuba, August 2, 2022

O’Connor family

Deepest sympathies to Sean and Nancy and the whole O’Connor family. I remember Mary hustling around Hoggarth’s as a going concern. She was well respected and an inspiration in many ways!

Sue and Dave Gamble, August 2, 2022

The O'Connor kids and families.

I am so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She now joins so many others who built who we are. It's their strong shoulders we stood on. They have done their work. Mrs. O'Connor was a wonderful lady. I do remember buying "models" as a kid from Hoggarths and then the paints to finish. She always helped. I really had no idea how to paint and she guided me. She knew "a little" about paint and colour.....uh huh. Just a little eh. Her help allowed me to build these models and match the actual colors of the original plane.

A piece of her lives in me.

I am so sorry to all the kids and their families. Mike we are with you......Brian and Gail.

Brian Waldron , August 2, 2022

Sean and the O’Connor Family

Marc and I are so very sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing. She was a very pleasant and kind lady. She always had a smile. Please accept our sincere and most heartfelt condolences. May your memories of your Mum comfort you during this difficult time and forever.

Cindy and Marc, August 2, 2022

Sean and family

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. From your tribute she was quite the woman. She has raised a great son in you. As you are the only one we knew, I am sure the rest of your family are amazing as well. Losing your parent is a very very hard time no matter what age. Our thoughts are with you and your family....Linda and Doug McGugan.

Linda McGugan, August 2, 2022

Pat and family

Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing to the spirit world. Sending most sincere condolences to you and all your family at this sad time.
Chris Acton

Chris Acton, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor Family

Our love and deepest sympathies to the O’Connor family.
May you take comfort in loving memory and the friends and family that surround you.
I can’t express how much I loved and cherished Mary.

Ron & Joyce Davis , August 2, 2022

The O'Connor Family

Saddened to hear of your mother's passing.
From the Barker Family, our sincere condolences.
RIP Mrs. Mary O'Connor

RICK BARKER, August 2, 2022


We are so sorry to hear about your moms passing…
She was indeed a lovely lady and it was a pleasure to have known her..
Diane and Glenn

Diane Kasner, August 2, 2022

Sean, Nancy and family

Glenn and I send our love to you all. Your mom was spectacular! Xo

Glenn and Sue Whyte and family, August 2, 2022

The O'Connor Family

Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your Morther, Grandmother and Greatgrandmother. May she rest in peace.

Louise and Allen Lauzon, August 2, 2022

The O’Connor Family

My deepest sympathy to the O’Connor Family! May she Rest In Peace
Ms. Michelle St. Georges and her loving fiancé John

Ms. Michelle St. Georges, August 2, 2022

Mike and the O'Connor Family

Dear Mike,
We're so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I also have fond memories, like Brian Waldron, of spending my allowance at Hoggarth's buying model kits and paint. I remember spending a lot of time at your place on Poplar Ave. - you, me and Steve Fortin - just goofing around, and your mother patiently putting up with us. She was a great lady.
Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Nick & Marlene Chornie

Nick & Marlene Chornie, August 2, 2022

Casey; Tim and the entire O’Connor family.

We often think that Mothers will go ‘forever’, with your Mother making a valiant attempt. The loss of Mother is shared by not only the O’Connor Family but the many friends she has touched in some manner.
We share in your Family bereavement and sincerely trust you are able to cherish fond memories of “Mom/Mother”.
Our condolences are extended to Tim, Casey and the entire O’Connor Family.
Safe travels.
Elaine & Bryan

Elaine & Bryan Lewis, August 2, 2022

O'Connor Family

My sincere condolences to the entire O'Connor family, children and grandchildren. So sorry for your loss of such a great mom. Always marveled at how your mother and father raised such a great family.
Sincerely, Casey Akulick.

Casey Akulick, August 2, 2022

Sean &family

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Linda & Jaak Järv, August 2, 2022

O'Connor Family

Sending my sympathy to all of you. I never met Mary O'Connor but heard many stories of what an accomplished women she was. Your beautifully written message tells the story of a woman who was a champion in many ways.
My sincere sympathy
Shelly Tyler

Shelly Tyler, August 2, 2022

All who loved Mary

I read the family tribute and smiled through it all. What a wonderful and accomplished woman your mother was. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for a healing journey that gives you peace.

Lorraine (Forcellini) Montague, August 2, 2022

Sean and O’Connor Family

Sincere condolence on the passing of your Mom. Always smiling and kind to everyone. Remember her walking with a brisk purpose all over town. She will be remembered.

Linda Wilson, August 2, 2022

The O' Connor Family

Deepest condolences to the O'Connor family on the loss of your Mom. Gerry and Mary were fantastic contributors to the fabric of our community and Kirkland Lake benefited greatly from their legacy. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Helene and Don Studholme, August 2, 2022

The O’Conner family

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We appreciated your Mom and your family business through the years.
Love Larry and Janie Pratt

Larry Pratt, August 3, 2022

O'Connor Family

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. We want to send our deepest condolences to you all.

Vickie & Clem Demers, August 3, 2022

Kathleen oconnor

What a woman. You take after her. Blessings to you all during this journey.

William Wuigg, August 3, 2022

Sean and the family

“Her optimism and positive nature, her warmth and laughter, sparkling blue eyes and quiet command of a room or situation left an impression on us and many.” - Including me!
Sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mom.

Doug & Debbie Yade, August 3, 2022

Sean and family

Deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother! Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time!

Judy & Andy McKnight, August 3, 2022

Sean and the O'Connor Family

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother, grandmother,
great- grandmother and a friend to many, she will be sadly missed, may she Rest in Peace.

Christiane Daoust and Family, August 3, 2022

Sean O'Connor

Hi Sean
I am so sorry to hear about your mom and it's wonderful that she is now with your Dad. Even though I have not seen your mom now for many years, I still remember her face and her smile. It is a tribute to her and your Dad to have raised such a successful family.(and you too. lol)

Chris Fournier, August 3, 2022

The O’Connor Family

My sincere condolences to the entire O’Connor family.

Robert Valentini , August 4, 2022

Sean and Family

Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this time. Mary was truly one of a kind and touched many hearts. She will be remembered fondly.

Lyndon and Bev, August 4, 2022

O'Connor family.

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the whole O'Connor family. I have very fond memories of both Mr. and Mrs. O'Connor. She hired me at a very young age and extended me a lot of patience and kindness. I know first hand the closeness of the family and my heart is heavy for you all.

Shawn Whelan, August 4, 2022

Sean and family

We were sad to hear of your mother passing . Please accept our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peter and Nicole Brown and family, August 4, 2022

The O’Connor family

My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. She was such a wonderful and caring lady. I remember her quite fondly when we were neighbours on Poplar. She contributed so much to her community. Heaven has a great addition. May God comfort you all at this time of grief. Rest In Peace Mary.

Terry Rosicki, August 4, 2022

Mary O’Conner

My condolences to the family she was a great person

Doug and Lorraine Dagelman, August 4, 2022

Kathleen O’Connor

Dear Kathleen,

My heart goes out to you and your family; it is so hard to lose a mother. And what a “big” mother she was! After reading this tribute, I can see so much of how you became wonderful you…how much of your mother’s love, patience, and wisdom you inherited. May her memory be a blessing. And may your own practice of loving kindness remind you of your mother as it goes out to the world in service.

Carrie Seid, August 5, 2022

Sean, Nancy and the O'Connor family

We send our sympathy to the entire O'Connor family on the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She left a legacy of love, caring, inspiration and service that lives on in her family! May the memories of all she's done and shared with you support you through your loss and beyond.
Thinking of you,
Beth (MacDonald) and Alan Edwards and family

Beth Edwards, August 5, 2022

Pat O'Connor

I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She certainly worked to benefit Kirkland Lake and her family. Please pass on my condolences to Shawn and the other members of your family.
Eleanor Moro

Eleanor Moro, August 5, 2022

Sean and family

My thoughts are with you.
My deepest sympathy.

Carole Kitaj, August 5, 2022

Family of Mary O' connor

Gary and Fran Whitfield send their regrets for your loss. We did not know your Mother but were very good friends with Gerri O' connor. She shepherded us through a three-week trip to Calgary when we retired in the early 2000s and visited the Stampede.
We met a lot of her family as she was such a caring person to invite us to family cookouts and on golf outings and evening trips to the Stampede. We tried to reciprocate when for several years when she would visit Panama City Beach. We looked forward to her visits each year. She told me one time that we introduced her to Beach Music and she was forever grateful for that. We were grateful to count her as a friend and all the rest of her family we met through her.
Our thanks to her family for fostering such a great lady.

Gary Whitfield, August 5, 2022

The O’Connor Family

We are very sorry to hear of the death of Mary. She certainly was a wonderful lady who raised a great family, contributed so much to the community and was special in many ways! We share in your sadness and give you our sincere condolences- Brian and Gale Hamilton

Brian and Gale Hamilton , August 5, 2022

O'Connor family

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was such a nice lady. May she rest in peace.

Renee Carriere, August 5, 2022

Sean and family

They say those we held closest are the ones we loved best and miss most. Sincere sympathies on your loss.

Adam Fournier & Colleen Genore, August 5, 2022

Sean and Nancy O’Connor and O’Connor Families:

So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Mother. May the love and support of family and friends, give you strength at this very difficult time.

Darwin/Verley Lamb, August 5, 2022

Mary O’Connor

To the O’Connor family Deepest sympathy to the family, thinking of you at this difficult time

Dave and Leona Sylvester , August 6, 2022

Kathleen and Family

We're so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Sending you much love now and always.

KIm (Shannon) Corak, August 7, 2022

the O'Connor family.

Sincere condolences. Mary was a treasure, one of a kind. R.I.P. dear lady. Hugs and prayers to all Mary's loved ones.

Donna Hirvilammi, August 8, 2022

The O’Connor Family

Our sincere sympathies to the family over the loss of Mary. Her commitment to Catholic Education was outstanding and appreciated by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Claude and Anne Bougie (Conrad), August 9, 2022

O'Connor Family

Our condolences on your loss.

Art, David and Ric Campbell

David Campbell, August 9, 2022

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