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John Thomas Conners

August 20th, 1938 - July 14, 2015

John Thomas Conners, 77, of Altoona, died July 14, 2015 at UPMC Altoona with family and friends by his side. He was born August 20th, 1938 in Clearfield, son of Robert and Zona (Foster) Conners.

Known as "Tom", he grew up in St. Marys, where he attended St. Marys High School and worked at the family restaurant. Tom worked at WKBI and WCPA Radio prior to a 2 year stint in the Army. 

During the 1980's, Tom was Vice President and General Manager of WTAJ-TV10. Known for his editorials at the conclusion of the news, J Thomas Conners cared for his community and served on the boards of many charities. He gave many their start in the TV business. Tom ran for Congress on the Democratic ticket in the 9th Congressional District. 

He enjoyed riding his Goldwing with his toy poodle Holly, was a huge Raiders fan, an avid reader and an advocate for the underdog. 

Tom is survived by his long time girlfriend Lynn Brown, daughter Catherine Conners-Reif and son-in-law Rob of Wilton, CT. Two grandchildren, Bobby and Kaitlin Reif, a brother Daniel Joseph Conners of San Luis Obispo, CA and sister-in-law Kathleen, a nephew Ryan Copeland Conners (Jen) of San Fransico, CA and a great-niece Eva and great-nephew Riley. 

Mr. Conners was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Conners and a brother, Robert Conners. 

Friends will be received Friday July 17,2015  from 6-8pm  at the Santella Funeral Home where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 am  at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Committal at Calvary Cemetery.