Norman James 'Jim' Connor
Hudson - Norman James (Jim) Connor, a long-time resident of Hudson, Ohio, passed away on December 23, 2020. He was the son of the late James Gibson Connor and Celia (nee Pagano) Connor, and is survived by his wife, Eugenia (Geni) (nee Burney) Connor; his three children: Jeffery, Judyth, and Jonathan; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Jim was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on December 19, 1931 and immigrated to the United States as an infant. After living in Niagara Falls, he attended Bishop Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario, and Cleveland Heights High School.
1954 was a big year for Jim. He married his high school sweetheart and lifelong spouse, Geni, and graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, and then for two years with a Civil Engineering firm in Parma. While working in Parma, he laid out the track for the Northfield Park for Harness Racing when it first opened. In 1958, he began working for Goodyear Aerospace, eventually transferring to Goodyear International. During his time with Goodyear, Jim travelled extensively, working on projects in the White Sands Proving Grounds; Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands; Perros-Guirec, Bretagne, France; the Fylingdale Moors in England; Tillamook, Oregon; Glasgow, Scotland; and Thessaloniki, Greece. In France, as an engineer for a Telstar transceiver, he was there for the first satellite transatlantic telephone call.
In 1969, Jim and his family settled Hudson. He was Kent State University's civil engineer until the position was abolished in 1971 following the May 4, 1970 shootings. At that time, he began his own Civil Engineering and Surveying company, which lasted until he retired in 1994. He served as Hudson City Engineer, was a member of the Rotary Club and helped develop the Hudson Green Plan, a flood control project. Jim was awarded the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
After retiring, he often remarked that 'I don't know how I found time to work.' During his retirement he volunteered for ten years at Hudson EMS as first an ambulance driver and then as an EMT. In addition, he spent many hours working for the Summit County Humane Society, as well as working on Buckeye Trail Association field crews, where he maintained trails and built trail bridges in remote locations. He could often be found enjoying coffee with the 'Wisdom Club', a regular gathering of fellow retirees.
Jim loved sports, and he was good at them. Early in life, he won both the Ridley Lower School and Upper School Championships. At the Case Institute of Technology, he was a member of the football team and the track team; he played football for his division at Fort Bragg; played Ice Hockey until his early 60's; and racquet ball into his 70's. He was also a volunteer hockey coach for local youth leagues and the John Carroll club hockey team. One of his personal highlights was playing with Gordie Howe at an 'old-timers' hockey camp.
His life touched the lives of many; he will be missed.
According to his wishes, Jim has been cremated; a private memorial service will be held in spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Summit County, either online at https://www.summithumane.org/ or sent directly to the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd, Ste 30, Twinsburg, OH 44087
Published on January 06, 2021