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Devoted Family Man And Labour Activist Dies

Former East Finchley councillor Martin O'Connor died suddenly of a heart attack aged 65 last week.

Mr O'Connor served as a Labour councillor between 1970 and 1978 and was Labour's parliamentary candidate in 1974, running against Margaret Thatcher.

His devotion to the community manifested most prominently in the field of education.

At one time or another he was a school governor at Bishop Douglass in East Finchley, St Michael's Catholic Grammar in Finchley and Finchley Catholic High.

During his lifetime Mr O'Connor was recognised by the Pope for his commitment to Catholicism and was awarded the status of Papal Knight and Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

His funeral will take place on Friday at St Mary Magdalen's RC Church in Athenaeum Road, Whetstone.

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