William J. Conner, 68, of Derry, died after a sudden illness on Thursday November 11,
2021 at Excela Latrobe Hospital. He was born September 22, 1953 in Butler, the son of
the late Clair L. and Jean Maffe Conner.
Bill received his undergraduate degree from California University and his masters
degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He had a long career with the
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, from where he retired.
Bill loved music and was a talented guitar player. He enjoyed hunting and took
great satisfaction in pheasant hunting with his golden retrievers, Ceili, Shannon,
and Penny. He was a lifetime member of the Derry Rod and Gun Club and very
active in the Latrobe Sportsman Club. Bill was also a member of DARCee (Derry
Area Revitalization Corporation). He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of
the Acacia Lodge #335 in Blairsville. He attended Old Salem Church.
Bill had a generous heart. For many years he dedicated himself to taking care of
his mother, until her passing. His greatest pleasures were spending time with his
beloved wife at home and entertaining friends, with his great sense of humor and
He is survived by his wife Karen Tobin Conner, his Aunt Mary, and numerous
cousins and friends.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm in the McCabe Funeral
Home 300 W. Third Avenue, Derry where a service will be conducted Wednesday
at 11am with Pastor Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in the Coles
Acacia Lodge #355 Blairsville will also conduct a service Tuesday evening at 7pm
in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomespa.com.
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