Jim O’Connor died June 11 | VailDaily.com

Jim O’Connor died June 11

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Jim O'Connor

AVON ” Jim O’Connor, 60, of Avon, died June 11 while battling lung cancer.

O’Connor moved to the valley permanently two years ago with his wife, Yana Kizlouskas, after vacationing in Vail since the mid-’70s and buying a home here in the early ’80s, vowing to retire to the mountains.

“He took full advantage of everything the Rockies had to offer,” his wife said. “He also enjoyed volunteering on the mountain with Community Guest Services, where he helped make others feel welcome and always left them smiling.”

He is survived by his wife; parents William and Eleanor O’Connor; and sister Judith Marriott.

His wife said he also will be missed by his dog China and many friends.

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