Honor Mission
Joseph V. O'Connor
USMC Veteran
Cobleskill, NY - 05/15/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The family of Joseph Vincent O’Connor has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Joseph, 81, passed on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at his home.

Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, Joseph was a 1956 graduate of Saratoga Springs High school. After high school, he went on to serve three years in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. He attended Siena College and Santa Monica City College and later worked for The Rand Corporation of Santa Monica, General Electric, American Finance, and retired from NY State Higher Education Department in 2001.

Active in his community, Joseph served as an altar boy at St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs and later served several years as Treasurer for St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church in Cobleskill. He volunteered several years with the local Cub Scouts as well as the Schoharie County Literacy program.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Joseph's obituary, available for viewing online on the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 05/15/2020
Primary Staging Time: 10:15
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Staging Location: Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home
108 Chapel Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Lead Ride Captain: Ed Czuchrey
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 10 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Staging at the funeral home with a flag line for the dignified transfer. PGR will escort to Cobleskill Rural Cemetery, Quarry Road, for interment services. It is anticipated at the time of posting that social distancing practices will still be observed for this mission, and all Mandatory Rules as posted above will remain in effect. There will be no exceptions.
Submitted by: Ray Sestak
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