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Thomas F. Connors, Esq., 68, passed away Tuesday April 12, 2016. Born on March 9th, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Leo T. and Janet M. (Olson) Connors; the stepson of Claire A. (Wilcox) Connors of Foster and the late David R. Boylan. Upon graduation from Pilgrim High School his patriotism compelled him to enlist in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969. Tom volunteered for Jump School and served in active combat in Vietnam for 18 months with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. While in service Tom was awarded numerous military honors including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Air Medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon.
Upon completion of his military obligation, Tom enrolled in the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island and transferred to the College of Resource Development in 1970 where he majored in Plant and Soil Science. An outstanding student and scholar, Tom achieved a 3.80 GPA as a Plant Science major while actively participating in campus life. He served as founder and President of the Plant and Soil Science Club and received many awards lauding his academic achievements including Kappa Phi and the Outstanding Senior Student Award.
After graduating from URI, Tom followed his father into the legal profession. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 1978, and joined his father at the Law Firm of Connors & Kilgas. After the untimely passing of his father, Tom joined the practice of Joseph Voccola and Associates. He practiced Family Law for decades before focusing solely on Criminal Law. He was one of the most active trial lawyers in Rhode Island, entering appearances and pleading cases until his final days. His passion for justice and for his clients was self evident to all who knew him. He was an officer of the court and a gentleman, generous with his time and his knowledge to Judges and Janitors alike. He was a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University, invited back every semester due to his immense charisma and popularity with the students.

An avid outdoorsman, Tom loved to be in nature and to share his vast knowledge of flora and fauna with friends and family. Every weekend held a new adventure and he always had a new destination or journey in mind. He was deeply passionate about spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was not just a rock but a pillar of strength that guided us all through both the good times and the bad.
He was the father of Thomas F. Connors, Jr. of Cranston, Sean D. Connors of New Bedford, MA and Kelly Connors of Warren. He was the brother of David & John Boylan, Pamela Ong and Sharon Corcoran. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren.Thomas F. Connors, Esq., 68, passed away Tuesday April 12, 2016. Born on March 9th, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Leo T. and Janet M. (Olson) Connors; the stepson of Claire A. (Wilcox) Connors of Foster and the late David R. Boylan. Upon graduation from Pilgrim High School his patriotism compelled him to enlist in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969. Tom volunteered for Jump School and served in active combat in Vietnam for 18 months with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. While in service Tom was awarded numerous military honors including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Air Medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon.
Upon completion of his military obligation, Tom enrolled in the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island and transferred to the College of Resource Development in 1970 where he majored in Plant and Soil Science. An outstanding student and scholar, Tom achieved a 3.80 GPA as a Plant Science major while actively participating in campus life. He served as founder and President of the Plant and Soil Science Club and received many awards lauding his academic achievements including Kappa Phi and the Outstanding Senior Student Award.
After graduating from URI, Tom followed his father into the legal profession. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 1978, and joined his father at the Law Firm of Connors & Kilgas. After the untimely passing of his father, Tom joined the practice of Joseph Voccola and Associates. He practiced Family Law for decades before focusing solely on Criminal Law. He was one of the most active trial lawyers in Rhode Island, entering appearances and pleading cases until his final days. His passion for justice and for his clients was self evident to all who knew him. He was an officer of the court and a gentleman, generous with his time and his knowledge to Judges and Janitors alike. He was a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University, invited back every semester due to his immense charisma and popularity with the students.

An avid outdoorsman, Tom loved to be in nature and to share his vast knowledge of flora and fauna with friends and family. Every weekend held a new adventure and he always had a new destination or journey in mind. He was deeply passionate about spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was not just a rock but a pillar of strength that guided us all through both the good times and the bad.
He was the father of Thomas F. Connors, Jr. of Cranston, Sean D. Connors of New Bedford, MA and Kelly Connors of Warren. He was the brother of David & John Boylan, Pamela Ong and Sharon Corcoran. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren.

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