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Dennis M. Connors, ex-union leader, activist, dead at 64

Dennis M. Connors, of West Babylon, a longtime

Dennis M. Connors, of West Babylon, a longtime union leader and steady supporter of labor interests, died March 12, 2016, of natural causes. He was 64. Credit: Family photo

Dennis M. Connors, of West Babylon, a longtime union leader and steady supporter of labor interests, died March 12 of natural causes at home. He was 64.

Connors was born on June 23, 1951, in Brooklyn, but moved to Farmingdale as a child, said his son, J.P. Connors of Bellmore.

He attended the now-shuttered Seton Hall High School in Patchogue, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Iona College in New Rochelle.

Dennis M. Connors and his wife, Trish, moved to West Babylon after they married in 1984, his son said.

He went on to work for The New York Times as a mailer, responsible for moving and bundling newspapers once they are printed — becoming the fourth generation in his family to work for that company, his son said.

Connors went on to become chairman of the N.Y. Mailers Union No. 6, where J.P. Connors said his father represented workers while also respecting the company’s perspective.

“He really never shortchanged either side,” he said.

As union chairman, Dennis M. Connors would travel the country representing the union at national conventions, keeping the symbols of his travel — dozens of lanyards and badges — neatly stored in a box in his bedroom, his son said.

“He’s traveled around the country representing workers his whole life,” J.P. Connors said. “He dedicated his life to fight for workers, especially of New York State, but workers everywhere.”

After his retirement, Dennis M. Connors went on to become secretary-treasurer for the Allied Printing Trades Council in New York, spending his time organizing, attending labor events and going to rallies for political candidates he supported, his son said.

“There was never a rally or a demonstration or a union need that Dennis wasn’t there helping out,” said John Durso, president of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “He was just a real true trade unionist, a gentleman. He loved his family, he loved his union, and he loved the movement.”

One of the politicians he supported, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, called Connors a “true advocate for labor dedicating his life to serving others.”

Dennis M. Connors spent his free time with family, playing golf and watching his beloved Yankees, his son said.

In addition to his son and his wife, other survivors include two more sons, Mike Connors of West Babylon and Kevin Connors of Rockville Centre; sisters Elaine Martin, of upstate Central Valley, and Jane Rossman, of Indianapolis; as well as an extended family.

A service was held at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in West Babylon. He was buried at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

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