Gayle McCormick O’Connor, 64, of New Orleans, LA, died too soon on Sunday, October 18, unexpectedly and of natural causes. She was born to Barbara and John McCormick in New York. She married Tom O’Connor in 1989.
A force to be reckoned with, Gayle was the light and life of the party – always. Dynamic, loving, uninhibited, funny, smart, and a passionate liberal, she rode a Harley, she loved Jazz Fest, she lived for live music, and she had a wild outfit for every day of the year, or the decade. She never met a stranger; everyone she encountered became a friend immediately.
Gayle traveled the world and lived in Japan, Laos, Seattle, San Diego, Texas, Florida, Los Angeles, and finally New Orleans, a city that matched her vibrant personality. Her spirit will remain in New Orleans always.
In unexpected contrast to her persona, Gayle was a marketing strategist in the legal profession, and she made her mark in that field enjoying success over the years and forming relationships throughout the world. The legal profession will never be the same and she’ll be honored by them through an annual award recognizing a woman who imbues the same energy and style Gayle brought to the field.
Gayle is survived by Tom, her husband of 31 years, her son Seamus, her siblings Viki, Michael, and Kit, a niece, and many nephews. She was predeceased last year by her mother and her mother’s partner, Sandy Shaw, whom she missed very much.
Interment will be in Seattle where much of her family is and where she will be with her mom and Sandy. Service and gathering to be arranged when times allow. We’ll not see the likes of her again…