Claire M. O’Connor | News, Sports, Jobs

Claire M. O’Connor, of Lake Placid, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2022, surrounded by her family. Claire was born in Brooklyn on January 13, 1939, to Marie Germaine and Thomas McNamara. She grew up in Brooklyn with her brother Tommy. After Brooklyn College, she worked for Jesup and Lamont on Wall Street.

Claire married Terence Murphy in 1961, after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. He became a Navy aviator and was killed in Vietnam in 1965.

Claire raised her daughters Helen and Ingrid in Bethesda, Maryland. His entrepreneurial spirit led to a wallpapering business “Let Her Hang” and later in real estate with Weaver Brothers and Lee Platt Realtors.

In 1982, Claire moved to Lake Placid, where she later met the love of her life, Horace Pratt. They spent 37 years together at the top of Polarity Way, surrounded by mountains, deer, wildflowers and forests.

Claire loved Lake Placid and was active in the community. When she arrived in Lake Placid, she was catering manager for Service America and was excited to attend concerts, especially Tina Turner. She also worked at Central Schools in Lake Placid, where she enjoyed being with colleagues and students, and at Camp Tree Tops at North Country School. She treasured her many friends, who accompanied her to book clubs, long walks, lunches and at the end, sat with her and offered her company.

Community service was important to Claire and her volunteer activities reflected her commitment to giving back. While living in Bethesda, Claire was a Girl Scout troop leader, a passion that provided many happy memories for her and her daughters. Claire has also served on fundraising committees for the House of Ruth (women’s shelter), SOME (So Others Might Eat soup kitchen) and the NIH (National Institute of Health) daycare program for children of patients. In Lake Placid, Claire’s service was extended to the Ecumenical Pantry, Lake Placid Centennial Celebration Committee, Lake Placid Sinfonietta and High Peaks Hospice, which brought her joy.

Claire leaves behind her daughter, Ingrid Van Slyke, her son-in-law Paul Van Slyke, her grandchildren Maris and Andrew Van Slyke, all of Lake Placid; daughter Helen Hagerty, son-in-law Harry Hagerty, Jr., grandchildren Terence, Mattie Moye, Hannah, Harry III, Murphy and Rory Hagerty, and great-granddaughter Selkie Kitchen, all of Washington, DC; his daughter-in-law Susan Pratt, of Petersburg; nieces Dawn and Diane McNamara and nephew Dan McNamara.

Claire is predeceased by her partner Horace Pratt, her husband Terence Murphy, her daughter Germaine Murphy and her brother Thomas McNamara.

Claire’s family expresses immense gratitude to her home caregivers, friends, High Peaks Hospice, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and her nurses at Elizabethtown Community Hospital for their kindness and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Educational Opportunity Fund for the Lake Placid Central School District: https://www.edopfund.org; Mercy Care for the Adirondacks: https://www.adkmercy.org. Calling hours will be Friday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m. at MB Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Christian burial mass will be held Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Reverend John Yonkovig will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave their condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.

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