HORSHAM Saints footballers wore black armbands on Saturday in honour of the club’s Hall of Fame legend Jim O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor, 86, died in Wimmera Base Hospital on Friday after a short illness.

He was one of the founders of St Michael’s Football-Netball Club, and helped cut down trees to create Coughlin Park recreation reserve.

He was also in the club’s Team of the Century.

Mr O’Connor worked for much of his working life at the Wimmera Mail-Times, as a hand machine compositor, job printer, foreman, commercial printing department manager and proof-reader.

His nephew Chris O’Connor said he was a father figure who never asked anyone to do something he would not do himself.

Mr O’Connor leaves his wife of 62 years Maureen, children Lorraine, Michael, Christine, Anthony and Gerard, nine grandchildren and one great grand-daughter.

A Requiem Mass will be in Ss Michael and John’s Catholic Church, Horsham, at 11am tomorrow.

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