Michael Connor

Michael Connor - CKSOBirthdate
February 13, 1927

December 2, 2008

First Media Job
CFRN, Edmonton, Alberta

Michael Connor began his career in broadcasting at CFRN in Edmonton, Alberta. Sudbury was his chosen destination in which to raise his family and upon arriving became the news anchor at CKSO TV. The name Michael Connor became synonymous with the nightly news television broadcast sponsored by the International Nickel Company of Canada Ltd. Connor would become well liked and respected in the Sudbury community.

Although viewers may not have seen Michael on the air so much in the later part of the 1970s, he was still very active in TV Advertising Sales. Retiring from the broadcast industry Michael was honoured as a top salesman at MCTV.

Prior to his broadcasting career, Michael served in the North Atlantic during World War II. He was a young cadet in the British Navy. When the war was over, he assisted with the repatriation of Prisoners of War in the South Pacific.

He had a great love of music. Opera was a particular favourite. He was inspired to learn the Italian language and gave the occasional TV Weather report in Italian. He was a member of the Societa Caruso and was made an honorary life member of the Fogolan Furlan.

As a family man, broadcaster and friend to many, he certainly touched the lives of many sharing a sense of humour, conversation and knowledge. To his co-workers he had a reputation of offering encouragement and support. Michael Connor has been described as a true gentleman.

Michael passed away in December of 2008 in his 82nd year. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynn and children Brendan, Shauneen, Kirby and his wife Lauri, Jarron and husband Amir, Sabrina and husband Mike and five grandchildren. In honour of Michael, his values and all that was important to him, the Michael Connor Memorial Bursary was established at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Eligible students must be a resident of Ontario, be in their final year of study and have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in gerontology or oncology.

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