|Birth: ||Jul. 12, 1941|
Washington Heights (New York County)
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1975|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Frank was among the four people murdered in the FALN (Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional Puertoriquena) bombing of the historic Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. Frank was having lunch with clients when the bomb exploded, his body was pulverized and his life was ended. The mastermind of this sick act of terror was Filiberto Ojeda-Rios. At the time of his murder, Frank was 33 years of age.
Ironically, the waiter had just moved Frank and his party to a better table, their death table, minutes before the bomb exploded.
In historical perspective, The FALN conducted some 120 bombings in the USA (including Puerto Rico) from 1974 to 1983. They murdered five people in their bombings. They sent the financial proceeds of their actions to Cuba.
It is more important to remember how Frank Connor lived, rather than how he was murdered. Frank was born to a humble immigrant Irish family in the Washington Heights section of New York City. His father, Thomas Connor, was an elevator operator. Frank's Mom, Margaret Maloney Connor was a cleaning lady at Morgan Guaranty Trust.
Frank pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. He graduated from Bishop Dubois High School in Washington Heights. Frank went on to study at City College of New York. Frank paused in his studies for Mary Lynch, the most beautiful woman in the world. After their marriage, Frank resumed college at night. He graduated with the class of 1973 from Farleigh Dickenson College in New Jersey. Frank worked for Morgan Guaranty Trust.
Together, Frank and Mary had two fine sons, Thomas and Joseph. On the day their father died Tom was 11 and Joe was 9 years of age.
Frank, Mary and the boys were off to a great start. Frank's life was just beginning when it was all taken away. Besides his young family, Frank left behind his beloved mother, Margaret Connor, who was the constant inspiration for his success in this life.
In August 1999, the wound of Frank's murder was reopened when President Clinton gave executive clemency to 16 jailed members of the FALN.
Hillary Clinton was then considering running for the Senate seat from New York. Presidential pardons for the FALN were a longtime priority for many prominent Democrats who were operating under the misguided belief that freeing criminals would garner Puerto Rican New Yorker's votes. This plan to release 16 convicted, imprisoned and unrepentant FALN terrorists was created and executed by Eric Holder, then a Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration and now, President Obama's Attorney General of The United States. Frank Connor and the three other people, who were murdered that day in Fraunces Tavern, were all betrayed for nothing more than base politics.
On Sept. 12, 1999, recently freed FALN member, Ricardo Jimenez, appeared with the late Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press." Russert repeatedly tried unsuccessfully to get an apology from Jimenez. Russert tried one more time, asking if Jimenez would apologize to Joe and Tom Connor, who lost their father, Frank Connor in the Fraunces Tavern bombing.
Said Jimenez: "If the Connors-I have said, you know, and I hope they would understand that when no intentions of ever having cost human life directly to somebody, you know-and we had no intentions of doing that purposely. We had never in our intentions become what you keep-repeatedly to terrorize people. We have had much compassionů"
"I think all precautions were taken, you know, to make sure that all human life was preserved. And in the end the measures were not taken that were necessary by the people who owned those establishments. And, no, we have never, never been in our objective to terrorize people."
In other words, Ricardo Jimenez blamed the restaurant for not protecting their patrons against his bomb.
As a further insult to this brave family and to our country, Frank's nephew, and godson, Steven Schlag, an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald who worked on the 104th floor of the North Tower of The World Trade Center, was killed on Sept. 11, 2001 at 41 years of age. Stephen, who left a wife and small children, was also slaughtered by terrorists. Steven died a scant few blocks away from where his Uncle Frank was murdered.
Thank you to Emily Brown for sponsoring Mr. Connor's memorial.
George Washington Memorial Park
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Please inquire at the cemetery office.
Created by: W. R. L.
Record added: Sep 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11842316