Skip to comments.Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor Has Passed Away
Posted on 09/01/2006 6:32:30 PM PDT by mcg2000
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH It's the news people in Pittsburgh and beyond have been dreading; this afternoon, Dick Skrinjar announced that Mayor Bob O'Connor has passed away.
O'Connor had been hospitalized since July 10th after learning that he suffered from a rare form of cancer called primary central nervous system lymphoma.
On Monday, doctors downgraded the mayor's condition after revealing that brain scans showed "seizure activity" and tests indicated an infection in his spinal fluid.
The hospital stopped issuing updates on Mayor O'Connor's condition on Tuesday, which fueled rumors and speculation about his deteriorating condition.
Sources told KDKA late Wednesday night that the mayor needed assistance breathing but was calm and peaceful.
On Thursday afternoon, City Councilman Doug Shields confirmed that Mayor O'Connor had been given the Sacrament of the Sick. "It's basically a blessing for the sick. It's a Sacrament for the ill," Shields explained. "Anybody that's in the Catholic faith knows that that Sacrament is administered to people routinely."
"I visited with the family," Councilman Shields added "The situation is obviously not good."
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Very sad. I would see him occasionally (I live in squirrel Hill). I had high hopes for him. May his family find peace in knowing many are thinking and praying for them now.
May he rest in peace. Prayers for his family, and for the people of Pittsburgh.
May he Rest In Peace and may God comfort him on his journey to Him and console his family and friends in their time of need.
Last rites administered.
May he rest in peace. He was a great advocate for the Burgh.
Prayers up for his family. He is a mayor everyone liked.
Bump. V's wife.
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Rest in Peace.
Wow, so quick. Hope it was painless for him.
May this good man rest in peace.
For he and his family, prayers.
I thought he would have been a good mayor for a 'D'. It's too bad he was in office such a short length of time.
Prayers for the family, rest in peace Mr. Mayor.
I am saddened by his death. I am a republican, but he was the best thing to happen to pittsburgh for a long time. My regrets go to his family, for he seemed to me like a very fine person, who wanted to do good for a sorely desperate city.
Excuse me if I digress, Mayor OConnor"s predessor was mayor Murphy, who destroyed this city.He was caught red handed in voter fraud, when the cheif of the fire department sent a letter saying the mayor, Murphy, bought his unions votes with an expensive contract.
He destroyed our downtown, with the threat of "emminient domain" so every one who owned a building stopped spending or renting.
He built three "white elephants" known as "lord and Taylor",
Lazurius and the convention centers. No one wants to come here for huge conventions, so the "center" is a vacant disaster. As to the other two, he gave them incredible amounts of money for 5 year leases, which they bolted on at the end of their terms. No intelligent real estate person would have ever done short (5 ) year terms.
He is now a consultant to New Orleans for their rebuilding. A consultant to the City Of Pittsburgh, on how not to Cheat in elections( part of his sentencing), a consultant to the ULI ( a good groop who has made a mistake) and a teacher at Chatam College, they must be desperate.
I will miss Mayor O"Conner he was a good guy and we needed him. Murphy was a stupid pig,arrogant and clueless.
Sorry to hear about the Mayor.