Florham Park, NJ
March 19, 2019
A.J. O'Connor Associates (AJO) Co-founder, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Abbott O'Connor, 88, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep Tuesday, March 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Thirty-six years ago this month, Betty and her husband, Andrew John "Gump" O'Connor started AJO, a successful HR Consulting firm where Betty served as vice president. They worked together for over 18 years before Betty retired in 2001.
Betty was 88 and predeceased by her husband of 56 years. She grew up in West Orange and graduated from West Orange HS. She and her husband moved to Florham Park 51 years ago. Together, they raised 7 children before launching AJO in 1983.
She is survived by her seven loving children: Andrew J. O'Connor III (Deborah), Kevin O'Connor, Shawn O'Connor (Meagan), Brian O'Connor (Andrea), Colleen O'Connor, Dennis O'Connor (Pam), and Daren O'Connor (Mary). Andy is the current AJO President. He joined the firm in 1991 and took over the business in 1997.
Betty was extremely proud of her 16 Grandchildren: Shannon(Tim), Caitlin (Ryan), Kyle (Christy), Erin (Will), Trevor, Siobhan, Luke, Lauren, Victoria, Terrence, Brendan, Jack, Drew, Cassandra, Kelsey and McKenna and 6 Great Grandchildren Taylor, Andrew, Carleigh, Liam, Connor, and Ella.
Betty loved the Jersey Shore, where she and her family were summer residents of Sea Girt for 45 years. She was a member of Holy Family Church and a former member of the Florham Park First Aid Squad.
We are proud of Betty's legacy which lives on through her children and grandchildren, as well as through the work of AJO, which today, continues to touch the lives of business professionals nationally and internationally.