|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2002|
Frederick H. "Pat" Achor Jr., production projects coordinator for The Times-Picayune since 1993, died of cancer on Saturday, June 1, 2002, at his home in Harvey. He was 69.
Mr. Achor coordinated the day-to-day production of the newspaper, Times-Picayune vice president and production director Ray Maly said. Mr. Achor worked with various departments, including advertising, circulation, news and the pressroom.
"He had a real understanding of the flow of work," Maly said. "If anyone had a problem, they'd bring it to Pat and he'd figure out how to solve it."
Mr. Achor was 16 and a student at S.J. Peters High School in 1949 when he began working at the newspaper as a messenger in the display advertising department.
"We used to run the streets and pick up ads," Mr. Achor said days before his death, recalling his first job and how proud he was to share with his mother the 50 cents an hour he earned.
He also served as night foreman and superintendent of the mailroom during his more than 50 years with the newspaper. Co-workers remembered his perpetual smile and a collection of 300 neckties, ranging from comic strips to just plain pretty.
Stricken in February, Mr. Achor spent his last days on a den sofa, surrounded by family portraits and a cropped print of Michelangelo's fresco from the Sistine Chapel, "The Creation of Adam."
Mr. Achor and his wife, Geri, were married 30 years ago by a justice of the peace, Mrs. Achor said, and had always wanted their union to be solemnized by the Catholic Church. When the priest came to the house to give her dying husband his last rites, "he blessed our marriage," Mrs. Achor said. "Father left out ‘Until death do us part' and ‘In sickness and in health.' That made me cry, it was so considerate."
For many years Mr. Achor opened their home to family members, Mrs. Achor said.
Mr. Achor graduated from S.J. Peters High School. He served as a petty officer, third class, in the Navy "for four years, nine months and eight days," Mr. Achor said.
He enjoyed woodworking and was a parishioner of St. John Bosco Catholic Church.
Created by: Daniel Lombard
Record added: Jun 20, 2002
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