The John "Jake" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund 

HISTORY

    This scholarship was founded to honor the memory of John “Jake” O’Connor, a Norwood High School graduate who lived his life by the motto “One man can make a difference.”  Whether playing to the best of his ability on an athletic field, helping a friend, family member, or complete stranger, his magnanimous nature and passion for life affected everyone who crossed his path.

    Jake was born in September, 1964, and graduated from Norwood High School, Norwood MA in 1982.  He followed in his father’s footsteps and became an electrician in 1988, and was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #103 Boston MA.  He hit the road in 1989 and became a “traveler”, working as an electrician in the Los Angeles area, Nevada, and Washington state, where he met and married his wife Carol.  They lived in the Seattle area until, in early 2001, he was offered a job with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ("MBTA") as an electrician.  He was overjoyed to have the opportunity to be moving back home to Boston to be with his family and childhood friends, so he and Carol decided to give it a try, sold their home, and made the move to the Boston area.  Jake started the job in May 2001 and was tragically killed in October that same year when a train failed to stop and struck him on the Longfellow Bridge in Boston.  

    “The Jake” scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors of Jake’s alma mater, and a golf tournament is held each year to raise those funds.  The scholarship committee has had unbelievable success thanks to the generosity of the Norwood community and his fellow IBEW electricians, and will be able to continue offering these scholarships for years to come. 

 

 

 

 

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