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‘Irish Grin’ Revealed His Personality – Jim Connor 8/10/17  08/11/17 9:52:39 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

James E. “Jim” Connor
June 26, 1949~August 3, 2017
‘Irish Grin’ Revealed His Personality
Omaha attorney Jim Connor died surrounded by his family after giving this life all he had.
The Vietnam War Vet, who earned a Purple Heart for his injuries, devoted much of his time to the concerns of veterans. He was a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart and American Legion Post #1.
And, in fact, he devoted much of his solo law practice to assisting veterans, especially disabled vets.
His law firm website states he was “dedicated to helping clients find solutions to their complex legal problems. Nebraska and the federal government’s stringent laws make it very difficult – sometimes impossible – to receive the medical care injured people need, and he is here to help. Jim Connor has spent decades fighting for the rights of injured or disabled clients...”
The 68-year-old was also active in the Omaha Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association and Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys.
One such activity he liked to participate in was the Omaha Bar’s annual Field Day. A foursome consisting of Jim, Omaha attorneys James R. Welsh and Tim J. Kielty, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick D. Franklin played in it for several years.
The foursome grew out of long-standing friendships.
“Jim and Jim Welsh and I were good friends. The three of us, and our significant others, used to go to dinner together. We would laugh so heartily that other diners would look at us and remark, ‘Oh my word!’ Eventually, Jim Welsh suggested we make up a foursome and go to Field Day. We enjoyed each other’s company,” Franklin said.
Franklin met Connor in law school at Creighton University (barely, as Connor was ahead of Franklin), but got to know him after graduation when they both worked out at Creighton’s fitness center on campus. “Also at that time, Jim Welsh was a mentor of mine and we became good friends,” Franklin said.
Welsh met Connor “many years ago when I was in a trial. He and I practiced law together on a lot of cases. He was a close friend.”
Kielty met Connor when “he was looking to share office space.” It was probably the “Irish grin that made you smile” that won him over. Welsh described his friend as having a “great, low-key sense of humor.” Other descriptions by his friends and colleagues include “caring, helpful, dedicated, devoted to helping people, compassionate, responsible and useful.”
Others have described him as “knowledgeable, represents his clients very well and has a very good temperament for the practice of law.”
A friend shared this about him on the mortuary’s tribute page: “Jim was a good guy and a true friend. He will be greatly missed, by many. I will always remember his winsome smile, sincere concern for his fellowman, and his true love of Country.”
A picture emerges of a kind, cheerful, helpful fellow, one you’d like to meet.
His friends also shared some details that others might not know about their buddy: The fact that he liked to ride motorcycles (“he liked to ride 100 mph”). “We were bros and rode to Sturgis together,” Welsh said. “I’d tell some great stories about him, but they took place in Sturgis.”  And the fact that “he liked classical music,” Tim said.
He leaves behind his wife, Sue; sons Joe Yard and Matt Connor; grandchildren Madeline and Nolan Yard; and brother Tom. And his many good friends.
A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, August 8.
– By Lorraine Boyd

The four golf buddies: Jim Welsh, Jim Connor, Fred Franklin and Tim Kielty.
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